COVID-19 Vaccine Info
Governor Walz and FEMA Announce Federally Supported Vaccination Site at Minnesota State Fairgrounds
April 5, 2021— This drive-through vaccination site will receive 168,000 doses over the course of 8 weeks. Vaccinations will begin April 14 by appointment only for Minnesotans 16 years of age and older who live in the following zip codes: 55454, 55103, 55130, 55411, 55404, 55117, 55428, 55119, 55107, 55106, 55407, 55430, 55412, 55102, 55429, 55421, 55104, 55114, 55432, 55118, 55420, 55413, 55402, 55109, 55406, 55423, 55415, 55405, 55408, 55425, 55112, 55111, 55403, 55101, 55344, 55435, 55113, 55458.
The site will administer a combination of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Minnesotans can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 for language assistance and any questions about signing up for the Vaccine Connector. More information on directly booking appointments through a call center will be shared next week.
Eligibility for the COVID-19 Vaccination Opens to All Minnesotans Ages 16 and Up
March 26, 2021—Minnesota will expand COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to all state residents 16 and older starting on Tuesday, March 30. Those at highest risk for contracting COVID-19 will continue to be prioritized for vaccination.
Gov. Tim Walz unveiled the expansion of vaccine admissibility today at a press conference. The Minnesota Department of Health is expecting a jump in vaccine deliveries from the federal government the first week of April. Even with the increase in vaccine shipments, demand will continue to exceed supply for the time being, so not everyone eligible will be able to immediately make an appointment.
The opening of eligibility comes at a critical time as public health officials are increasingly concerned about variants of the disease fueling upticks of cases and hospitalizations. In recent weeks, 479 cases of the B.1.1.7 strain, sometimes referred to as the UK or British variant, have been confirmed in Minnesota. Active cases of COVID-19 have been trending downward in Minnesota since January, though currently, younger Minnesotans have lead case growth: new infections have jumped 9% in 10- to 14-year-olds in the state.
More than 878,000 people—about 15.8 percent of the state’s population—have completed their vaccinations, while more than 1.4 million, or 26.5 percent, have received at least one dose, which includes about 79 percent of people age 65 and older. Minnesota’s measured vaccine roll-out program has ensured shots go first to the highest priority groups, including the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, long-term care residents, health-care workers, and child-care and school employees.
Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded 6,789 total deaths from COVID-19, of which 4,248 involve people connected to long-term care or assisted living settings.
For up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine data, visit the MN Dept. of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Summary page.
Two Additional Eligibility Groups Are Open to Receive the Vaccine in Minnesota
March 9, 2021—Starting Wednesday, March 10, Minnesotans in two additional eligibility categories will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This newest expansion will make an additional 1.8 million Minnesotans available for vaccination, which is ahead of the earlier timeline given by the State.
Those with specific underlying conditions (such as Sickle cell disease, Down syndrome, and some chronic lung and heart conditions), people undergoing cancer treatments, those with some rare health conditions, and food processing plant workers are included in Phase 1b of Tier 2 and will now be able to get vaccinated.
Those aged 45 and older with one or more underlying medical conditions as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those aged 16 or older with two or more underlying medical conditions, those aged 50 or older in multi-generational housing, and essential frontline workers in many occupational categories (such as airport staff, food service, public health workers, public transit workers, and U.S. postal workers) are included in Phase 1b of Tier 3 and will now be able to get vaccinated.
The Minnesota Health Department (MDH) reports that those in future eligibility groups will be able to get vaccines at their health care providers rather than traveling to a vaccination site or pharmacy.
Preventive methods for protecting against COVID-19 are still vitally important to reduce the amount of cases of disease in the community—these include wearing a well-fitting mask in public, social distancing, avoiding crows and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, and washing hands often. Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone who has, should isolate and get tested. The recent uptick of COVID-19 cases in Carver County, Minnesota, is a reminder that the pandemic is not yet in the rear-view mirror; public health officials in that county are advising a pause on organized youth sports to combat cases of the disease that have been driven by a variant of COVID-19.
Visit Who’s Getting Vaccinated for the state of Minnesota’s detailed timeline with lists of high-risk medical conditions, underlying medical conditions, and essential workers.
New Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People
March 8, 2021—The CDC announced today that fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks or social distancing. The new guidance only applies to those who are 2 weeks out from their second dose of a 2-week vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccination, such as Johnson & Jonhson’s Janssen vaccine. The CDC continues to recommend those who are fully vaccinated wear masks and socially distance in public and avoid large gatherings.
State Rolls out Vaccine Timeline for Next Phases
March 5, 2021—Minnesota is continuing to immunize those at highest risk of getting COVID-19, as well as those most at risk of severe disease and complications if they become infected. The vaccine is currently available to adults aged 65+, health care workers, educators, and childcare staff.
Once 70% of the state’s seniors receive the vaccine, Minnesota will expand eligibility based on underlying health conditions, age and workplace exposure risk. The state’s timeline estimates that every Minnesotan who wants a shot will be able to get one by this summer. The Biden-Harris administration is now estimating there will be enough vaccine developed for all adults by the end of May, but it will take time beyond that for all who want it to get vaccinated.
Visit Who’s Getting Vaccinated for the state of Minnesota’s detailed timeline with lists of high-risk medical conditions, underlying medical conditions and essential workers.
Important points to keep in mind
- While supply remains limited, Ramsey County is following federal and state guidelines to distribute the vaccine in phases to have the greatest impact and prevent further spread to those most at-risk.
- Eventually, there will be enough vaccine for everyone.
- The vaccine will be free.
- No one will be required to get the vaccine by the government or public health.
High-Risk Residents and Frontline Workers Are Next in Line for the Vaccine
February 25, 2021—Governor Tim Walz announced today that Minnesota will vaccinate at least 70% of Minnesotans age 65 years and older before expanding eligibility to other groups, and aims to reach this goal by the end of March.
Once 70% of the state’s seniors have received the vaccine, Minnesota will expand eligibility based on underlying health conditions and workplace exposure risk. Minnesota will move forward with phases of vaccine eligibility based on science, medical evidence, and federal guidance.
Visit the state’s Who’s Getting Vaccinated page to learn more about the phases and when you will become eligible.
As vaccine supply increases, it will become easier to get a shot. Until then, it’s important to take preventive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands, and get a COVID-19 test if you need one. When it’s your turn, get your vaccine. After you’ve had your shot, continue following these safe practices to protect your neighbors while they wait for their vaccine.
Online Tool Facilitates COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Seniors Can Get Vaccinated through Their Local Providers; Statewide Vaccine Locater Map Launches
February 1, 2021—More than 35,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine at over 100 hospitals, clinics, and through their healthcare providers starting this week, Governor Tim Walz announced today.
The state also launched an online vaccine locator map to assist seniors in finding vaccination opportunities in communities near where they live. Seniors are the current focus for the mapping tool, but all Minnesotans will be able to use the locator once eligibility to the vaccine is expanded.
Two large-scale, permanent community vaccination sites will open this week in Minneapolis and Duluth. A third location in southern Minnesota will launch next week and potential additional locations may launch in the near future. At this time, these sites will all serve Minnesotans aged 65 and older; the Minneapolis location will also serve E-12 educators and staff, and childcare professionals.
Last week, more than 220,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older registered for the state’s COVID-19 vaccine pilot program registry. Minnesotans who have not been selected for a vaccine from the registry will remain on this list and continue to have the opportunity to be selected to schedule an appointment at the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 community vaccination sites.
Minnesotans who received their first dose at one of the states ten vaccine pilot program locations will return to those sites for their second dose.
Staff in education and child care settings will be contacted directly if selected to sign up for appointments at state sites or community pharmacies this week. Local public health departments will partner directly with school and child care programs in their communities.
Minnesota now ranks 21st among U.S. states in total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It had ranked as low as 45th last week.
Even with an increase in the federally controlled shipments of the vaccine to Minnesota this week, broad vaccine access for all Minnesotans remains months away. Community spread of the virus, along with new strains of COVID-19, continue to concern public health officials. Guidance remains to wear masks while in public, maintain social distancing, and limit social gatherings.
Mass Vaccination Pilot Event for Educators, School Staff and Child Care Providers
The State announced a mass vaccination pilot event for metro area educators, school staff and child care providers at the Xcel Energy Center. The state is allocating 15,000 Moderna vaccine doses to be administered Thursday, January 28 through Monday, February 1 for this event.
To adjust for the opening of the new metro clinic, the two other pilot clinics in the metro area will serve only adults 65 years of age and older this week. In addition to the metro clinic, Greater Minnesota clinics will also continue to serve education and child care workers this week.
These clinics are not open to walk ups. School districts, charter schools, tribal schools and nonpublic school organizations will work directly with employees to secure an appointment through the state-sponsored pilot clinics. Child care programs are randomly selected and will be notified if vaccines are available. Education and child care workers who have questions should work with their employer.
Metro area educators, school staff and child care providers who received their first dose at the Brooklyn Center clinic will return to that clinic for their second dose. The Andover clinic has been moved to Blaine. Those who received their first dose at the Andover clinic will receive a notification that they will now receive their second dose at the new clinic in Blaine.
Updates to Pilot Clinic Locations:
The pilot clinic operating in Andover last week is relocating to Blaine this week. The pilot clinics operating this week are located in Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Mountain Iron, Thief River Falls, Sartell, North Mankato, Rochester, Marshall and St. Paul.
This week, pilot clinics in Blaine and Brooklyn Center will serve only adults 65 years of age and older and the new pop-up clinic at Xcel Energy Center will serve only educators, school staff, and child care providers from the Twin Cities metro.
Vaccinations Now Available to Minnesotans 65 and Older, Teachers, and Child Care Workers
A limited number of appointments for vaccines are available for some seniors, educators, and child-care workers.
A new pilot program launched by the State of Minnesota for COVID-19 vaccine distribution aims to increase the number of Minnesotans receiving the vaccine. The program is described as the foundation of what will eventually become vaccine clinics capable of serving a much wider swath of the public. For the time being, however, only a limited number of doses will be made available through appointment only for eligible groups, including adults 65 years old and older, teachers (pre-K through 12th grade), school staff, and child care workers.
Educators and child care providers, with few exceptions, will work directly with their employers to receive instructions on how to secure a vaccination appointment and should not try to schedule an appointment unless their employer has contacted them with information about their appointment.
Scheduling will be available at mn.gov/covid19/vaccine starting today, Tuesday, January 19 at noon for appointments that will start Thursday, January 21. It is likely that demand will be larger than the current supply, according to Governor Tim Walz. At a recent coronavirus briefing, he asked Minnesotans who are healthy with no risk factors to consider holding back and letting others take advantage of the limited doses. Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said, “To be clear, we do not have enough vaccine for everyone who wants one. Appointment slots will fill very quickly, and most Minnesotans will need to be patient as we wait for more vaccine to arrive in the state. But we are working hard to build a community vaccination system so we are ready along with pharmacies and clinics and others to get Minnesotans immunized once the federal government provides those doses.”
The nine Minnesota vaccine sites are located in Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Mountain Iron, North Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Thief River Falls. Appointments at these for sites will be made available every Tuesday at noon. Those who cannot immediately make an appointment may be able to sign up for a waitlist.
Online registration (preferred method): mn.gov/covid19/vaccine
Phone: 612-426-7230 or toll free, 833-431-2053
* Vaccines are distributed at the sites by appointment only: no walk-ins will be accepted.
For site locations and registration information, visit the Find My Vaccine page on the mn.gov site.
Online Dashboard Tracks Statewide COVID-19 Vaccinations
Data updated daily to reflect the number of Minnesotans vaccinated against COVID-19
On Tuesday, January 12, the Governor’s office launched a public vaccine data dashboard to detail the progress of COVID-19 vaccine allocation, distribution, and administration across Minnesota.
The dashboard includes information on the number of doses allocated to the state by the federal government, when those doses are shipped to Minnesota health providers, and the number of vaccines administered to Minnesotans. The dashboard will be updated daily.
The dashboard is produced by Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has promised 541,100 doses of COVID-19 to Minnesota. Of those doses, 329,450 have been shipped to providers in Minnesota along with 100,500 doses shipped to pharmacies participating in the CDC Pharmacy Partnership Program for vaccination in long-term care settings.
Once doses are promised to states, it takes several days before those doses are actually shipped, so it can be a week or more before they actually arrive at their final destination and can be given to people. The dashboard will help Minnesotans see where we are at by showing progress at different stages of the process.
More than 140,000 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of vaccine. Over 7,000 people have completed their vaccination series. For currently available vaccines, a complete series is two doses of the same vaccine product separated by three or four weeks depending on the vaccine. These numbers are reflected in the dashboard.
The state’s role in vaccine distribution is oversight and facilitation. The state helps the federal government know where in Minnesota to send vaccine and helps make sure vaccine providers in Minnesota—mostly private health care providers and pharmacies at this stage—administer it safely.
Minnesotans can find more information about the dashboard, as well as the allocation and distribution process, on the State’s COVID-19 Vaccination web page.
Ramsey County's COVID-19 Vaccine web page also details the phases of vaccine distribution.