How can you register for and get a COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota?
Now that all Minnesotans 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, the question becomes: How can I get one?
The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April, according to Gov. Tim Walz's office.
By expanding eligibility to all Minnesotans, providers across the state will have the flexibility they need to fill appointments.
Last week, Minnesota was ranked No. 1 in the country for the percentage of vaccine doses administered. The state has vaccinated 80% of seniors and at least two-thirds of school and child care personnel.
Who's eligible for a COVID vaccine?
On Friday, Gov. Tim Walz announced all Minnesotans age 16 and up can get the vaccine starting on Tuesday.
But while all Minnesotans 16 and older will become eligible, not everyone will be immediately able to make an appointment. Vaccine shipments from the federal government will continue increasing over the coming weeks, Walz's office said, but for now demand will still exceed supply.
Providers have been directed to prioritize vaccine appointments for older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions and those in frontline jobs. Other eligible Minnesotans may then fill appointments if vaccine is available and higher-priority groups are not in line.
How do I sign up to get a vaccine?
Minnesotans who have not received a vaccine should sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to get updates on vaccine opportunities and be entered into the random selection process for the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites, like the site at St. Cloud's River's Edge Convention Center.
Minnesotans can also contact their healthcare provider, local pharmacy or use the Vaccine Locator Map to search for vaccine providers in their area.
For more information about the Community Vaccination Program, visit mn.gov/findmyvaccine, or call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Where can I get a COVID vaccine?
To find locations in your local area, visit Minnesota's Vaccine Locator Map. The state shows more than one dozen sites in the St. Cloud area, but a release from Walz's office said the state is ramping up strategies to get vaccines to more Minnesota communities.
The St. Cloud-area sites include:
- CentraCare Plaza in St. Cloud
- CentraCare South Point in St. Cloud
- Coborn's in St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Joseph, Foley and Clearwater
- Cashwise in St. Cloud and Waite Park
- Simplicity Health in St. Cloud
- Walmart in St. Cloud and Sartell
- Thrifty White Pharmacy in Cold Spring
COVID vaccine tracker: Here's how many Minnesotans have the vaccine
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, more than 1.6 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the state and more than 1 million have completed all doses in their series as of Sunday.
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Stearns County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 16% people fully vaccinated
COVID-19 cases in Minnesota at a glance
As of March 25, Minnesota's COVID-19 total cases, deaths are as follows according to the Minnesota Department of Health:
- The total number of people who tested positive for COVID-19: 510,398
- The total COVID-19-related deaths in the state: 6,814