The Walz-Flanagan administration launched a new tool today to connect all Minnesotans, regardless of eligibility status, with a COVID-19 vaccine.
The tool, available online and over the phone at 833-431-2053, uses a brief survey to submit contact and occupation information.
“We still have a frustratingly limited vaccine supply from the federal government, but every Minnesotan should know their chance to get a vaccine will come. Today, we are connecting them directly to that process,” said Gov. Walz.
“We need to make it as easy as possible for every Minnesotan to get the vaccine when it’s their turn – no matter where they live and no matter their personal circumstances. The options we’re providing will help make that happen.”
The Vaccine Connector will alert Minnesotans when they are eligible and help them find opportunities to get a shot, according to a release.
Minnesota is currently vaccinating health care workers, long-term care residents, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators, child care workers and people over the age of 65.
- Health care personnel will hear from their employer about when and where they can get vaccinated.
- Long-term care residents will hear from their facility about when and where they can get vaccinated.
- Adults 65+ who already registered through either the COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program or theCOVID-19 Community Vaccination Program do not need to re-submit their information. When adults 65+ sign up for the Vaccine Connector, they will immediately be entered into the random selection process for the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites operating in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Rochester. If they are selected to receive their vaccine at one of these sites, they will be notified by text, email, or landline by the company that runs those sites, Vault Health. The state is continuing to partner with hundreds of local medical providers and pharmacies to provide shots to Minnesotans age 65 and older. Adults 65+ can use the Vaccine Locator map to find nearby vaccine distribution sites and make an appointment to receive a vaccine through the providers listed there. They can also contact their regular provider directly.
- Educators and child care providers who already completed the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine – Education and Child Care survey do not need to complete the Vaccine Connector form or re-submit their information. Educators, school staff, and child care workers will continue to hear from their local public health agency, employer, state-sponsored community vaccination site, or state vaccination partner about when and where they can get vaccinated.