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Posted on: January 19, 2021

UPDATE: Vaccination Information

Covid Vaccine Updates

The City of Arden Hills will post information about the COVID-19 vaccine on our COVID-19 Vaccine Info web page.
News about the vaccine changes often, so check our page frequently to stay informed.

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It’s Easier Than Ever to Get Your COVID-19 Shot! 

The vaccine is now available at locations throughout the community. The vaccine is free, and no insurance or ID required.

Sign up for e-updates on additional opportunities to get the vaccine

Ramsey County Vaccine Update

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Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine at the State Fair Community Vaccination Site

April 28, 2021—The State Fair Community Vaccination site is NOW OPEN for direct appointment scheduling online and walk ins. As of this morning, there are 12,000 first dose Pfizer appointments available at the State Fair Community Vaccination site through the end of Tuesday, May 4. 

Click here to schedule your appointment, or for assistance, call 833-431-2053.

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Moderna Vaccine Available at the New Brighton Community Center on Wednesday, April 28

Ramsey County Public Health is offering the two-dose Moderna vaccine for those 18 years and older at the New Brighton Community Center on Wednesday, April 28 from 11:30 to 5:30 p.m.

  • New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

 As always, the vaccine is free, and no medical insurance or ID is needed. 

 Register here.

For assistance, call 651-266-1190

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Governor Walz and FEMA Announce Federally Supported Vaccination Site at Minnesota State Fairgrounds

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.

Press Release: Gov. Walz and FEMA Announce Vaccination Site at Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Vaccine State Fairgrounds Infographic

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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.

Eligilbility Open

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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.

Sign up to be notified when you become eligible to get the vaccine.

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. 

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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.

Vaccine Distribution Phases

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.

Sign up to be notified when you become eligible to get the vaccine.

 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.

Ramsey County’s Vaccine Information web page

COVID-19 Vaccinations by Week

Vaccine Timeline Chart

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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.

Vaccine Timeline

Online Tool Facilitates COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

February 18, 2021—Minnesotans can now sign up to get notified when they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccine Connector will send an alert as to when, where, and how to get the vaccine once you submit a form. This tool is for all Minnesotans not yet vaccinated; whether you are eligible now or not, the Vaccine Connector will contact you when it’s your time for vaccination. 

You don’t need to sign up with the Vaccine Connector if you have already received your COVID-19 vaccine, if you previously resisted with the vaccine pilot program, or if you completed the Minnesota COVID-19 Education and Child Care survey. These people are already on the Vaccine Connector list and do not need to resubmit their information. 

Sign up at mn.gov/vaccineconnector or call 833-431-2053 to sign up over the phone. Information is available in many languages, and there is a translation hotline as well. 

Vaccine Connector

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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.

How COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Made

Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Vaccinations Now Available to Minnesotans 65 and Older, Teachers, and Child Care Workers

January 19, 2021—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. 

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.

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