Gazelka: Lawmakers should be higher on vaccine list

Gazelka says lawmakers should be high-up on vaccine list
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Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka thinks state lawmakers should be near the front of the line when it comes to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

During a discussion with WCCO political analyst Blois Olson and all four legislative leaders today, Gazelka talked about the importance of having lawmakers vaccinated.

"As one of the priority groups after elderly and some of our frontline workers we think about the people who have to be essential at the capitol."

But Susan Kent, Democratic Senate Minority Leader, wondered how much protection that would provide before the vaccine becomes more widely available.

"We have an obligation to our own communities. If we come together and if people come to the legislature and intermingle and then go back all over the state of Minnesota, that's how spread happens."

Several members of the GOP contracted the virus following a post-election party last month.

Governor Tim Walz is expected to release details about how a vaccine will be distributed next week.