MINNESOTA CORONAVIRUS VACCINE INFORMATION

At this time, Greater Twin Cities United Way 2-1-1 is not scheduling vaccine appointments for residents of Minnesota.

Visit the new Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccinations Dashboard for more information regarding:

  • Overview: An overview of vaccines in Minnesota
  • Vaccine Data: Data on number of vaccines administered in Minnesota
  • Distribution: Learn more about vaccine distribution in Minnesota
  • Who’s Getting Vaccinated Next?: Minnesota will soon be entering the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. Starting in early February, people eligible to be vaccinated in Minnesota will include those people in Phase 1B.
  • Find Vaccine Locations: Minnesotans can easily find and connect with local vaccine providers in their area. The vaccine is being made available to clinics and hospitals across the state specifically for those aged 65 and over. Minnesotans can now connect directly with your local health care provider to schedule an appointment to get a vaccination.
  • COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program: Minnesotans aged 65 and over, Pre-K through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff members, and contracted school staff members, and child care staff members at licensed and certified child care centers or programs

Vaccine Connector:

A tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Insurance and identification are not needed, and signing up is free. All Minnesotans should sign up, regardless of whether they are currently eligible to get vaccinated. After completing a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will:

  • Alert individuals when they are eligible to receive a vaccine
  • Connect individuals to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment, and
  • Notify individuals if there are vaccine opportunities in their area
  • Visit website for more information

Minnesotans age 65+ who sign up with the Vaccine Connector will also be automatically included in the selection process for appointments at state-run community vaccination sites. As additional populations become eligible for the vaccines, individuals will still make appointments directly through a registered vaccinator – the Connector simply works as a tool to keep everyone updated on where the vaccine is available throughout the state and how it can best be accessed by all Minnesotans no matter where they live or their personal circumstances.

Minnesota is currently vaccinating health care workers, long-term care residents, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators, child care workers and people age 65 and over. All Minnesotans who have not been vaccinated should sign up for the Vaccine Connector.

The state has developed a reliable and stable network of different ways for people in Minnesota to get vaccinated. The state of Minnesota has mobilized health care systems, local pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, local hospitals, local public health, and state-run community vaccination sites to meet Minnesotans where they are and make sure everyone will have somewhere to go when it’s their turn and enough doses have been received from the federal government.

Instructions for Signing Up

  • Signing up for the Vaccine Connector is easy, safe, and secure.
  • All Minnesotans 18 years of age and older should sign up, no matter their current vaccine eligibility status.
  • There will be no cost and no restricted time period for signing up.
  • Health insurance and personal identification forms are not required for signing up.
  • Go to mn.gov/vaccineconnector to sign up.
  • Minnesotans unable to sign up online can have family or friends help them sign up, or call (833)431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone.
  • Interpreters are available by phone in all languages. Minnesotans can call the translation hotlines at (833)431-2053 and (651)318-0989 for assistance signing up over the phone. While the Connector is currently only available in English, instructions are available in Hmong, Spanish and Somali here: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/translations.jsp.
  • All Minnesotans have to do to sign up is provide basic information such as contact information, demographic information, medical history, and employment to determine their eligibility based on state guidelines.
  • The State of Minnesota is committed to the equitable distribution of safe and effective vaccines for protection against COVID-19 and the Vaccine Connector form has included questions about gender identity, sexual orientation, race, cultural identification, and disabilities to help track and measure equity and fairness throughout the vaccine distribution process. These questions do have the option to select “prefer not to answer” or “none of the above,” and selecting these answers will not prevent individuals from signing up for the Vaccine Connector.

There continues to be a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota. Despite a modest recent increase in vaccine supply from the federal government, Minnesota still does not have enough to meet demand. Minnesotans are encouraged to remain patient as more vaccine arrives in the weeks and months ahead.

Vaccine is available by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Please do not visit a health care provider or vaccination clinic unless you have a scheduled appointment.

COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program

Random selection for the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program is also continuing. If you are selected this week, you will be able to get your vaccine at either our Minneapolis, Duluth or Rochester community vaccination clinics. Those who received first doses at one of our pilot vaccination sites will receive their second doses at the same location, as previously scheduled. If you are not yet registered to be randomly selected to make an appointment, check back often. There will be more opportunities to register in the future.

Eligibility

People in the following groups are currently eligible to make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Community Vaccination Program:

  • Minnesotans aged 65 and over
  • Pre-K through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff members, and contracted school staff members
  • Child care staff members at licensed and certified child care centers or programs

If you are an educator or child care worker, please do not attempt to make an appointment unless you are notified by your employer that you’ve been selected to receive a vaccine. Child care programs and schools will work directly with employees to get an appointment through the state-sponsored appointment scheduling portal. Due to the limited supply of vaccine, schools will prioritize employees based on face-to-face interaction with children, and child care providers will use a random selection process.

While Minnesota is expanding those eligible for a vaccine, the Minnesota Department of Health continues to serve healthcare workers and certain congregate care residents and staff in Phase 1a. These people can still plan on receiving the vaccine through their workplace, care facility, or local public health.

View Questions and Answers: COVID-19 Vaccines for School and Child Care Staff and COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program Frequently Asked Questions.

2/10/2021 Update: COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program

The state of Minnesota is using a random selection process to schedule appointments at our community vaccination sites. If you signed up for pre-registration in the past and have not yet been randomly selected, you will continue to have the opportunity to be chosen to make an appointment for a vaccine at our Minneapolis, Duluth, or Rochester community vaccination sites.

  • There will be other opportunities to sign up for this program in the future.
  • Please be patient and remember that demand for vaccine far exceeds supply. More opportunities for vaccination will be coming as we get more vaccine.

How to make an appointment for a vaccine through the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program

Please do not attempt to make an appointment at one of these sites unless you are notified that you’ve been selected. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

  • If you are selected and cannot use your appointment, another Minnesotan on the pre-registration list will be randomly selected for that appointment.
  • Notification that you’ve been randomly selected will arrive from Vault Health by email, text, or phone. Emails will arrive from mnvaccineteam@updates.vaulthealth.com. You will receive a unique access code that will be required to schedule your appointment at a community vaccination clinic. (Be sure to keep an eye on your spam folder.) Phone calls will arrive from (954)716-7771.
  • If you have questions about appointment scheduling, cancelation or confirmation, call Vault at (929)205-6708 or email at vaccinations@vaulthealth.com, 7 am – 7 pm Sunday – Thursday, and 7 am – 5 pm Friday and Saturday.
  • For inquiries about the community vaccination program in general, or if you received your first dose before February 4 from a community vaccination site and have questions concerning the appointment for your second dose, contact our call center at (833)431-2053, 9 am – 7 pm Monday – Friday.

What to Expect at the Community Vaccination Clinic Appointment

  • Do not arrive for your appointment any earlier than 15 minutes. This is to ensure social distancing.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is being provided at no cost, but please bring your insurance card if you have one. Insurance is not required to receive the vaccine.
  • Educators and child care workers will need to show the same license or employee ID they provided when making their appointment. A paystub is also acceptable.
  • Plan to sit for 15 minutes of observation after you receive your vaccine. If you have allergies, you will need to sit for 30 minutes.

See What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (PDF) for more information.

Need help finding a resource?

Call to speak with one of our highly trained Community Resource Specialists by phone.

Your call is completely confidential, and we have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong.

Call 2-1-1

Toll Free: 800-543-7709
Local: 651-291-0211
Text your zip code to 898-211*
24-7 / Confidential / All Languages

From Our Specialists:

Chat and text options at 2-1-1 will help us reach a whole new demographic of people with our services.

*Standard msg&data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt-out. For end user privacy and terms and conditions of texting with 898211, go to http://preventionpaystext.com/policies/