(FOX 9) – Starting Tuesday at noon, some eligible Minnesotans will be able to register online to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at one of nine pilot vaccination sites opening up across the state.
Minnesota is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination program to include people 65 and older, teachers and educators, but health officials say initial doses will be very limited.
The expansion makes more than a million additional Minnesotans eligible for an injection, but at the current rate, state health officials say their vaccinations will take four and a half months. Currently, Minnesota receives only 60,000 doses per week from the federal government.
Nine community vaccination pilot sites will begin administering vaccines on Thursday. Pilot sites are located in Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Mountain Iron, North Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Thief River Falls.
Appointments are required to receive a photo. Anyone without an appointment should not visit a community vaccination pilot site, says MDH.
How to make a vaccination appointment?
Minnesotans 65 and over can make an appointment by visiting mn.gov/vaccine or by calling 612-426-7230 or toll free, 1-833-431-2053. Minnesota residents should attempt to make an appointment online before dialing the call center.
The available appointments will be updated every Tuesday at noon. People will be able to make an appointment for their first and second dose of the vaccine.
Anyone who cannot make an appointment immediately can register on a waiting list. People on the waiting list will be notified if they need to go to a pilot vaccination site to be vaccinated. Anyone on the waiting list, but who does not receive their vaccine one week will have to re-register the following week.
What about teachers and educators?
Teachers and child care providers will be notified by their employer if they have been selected to receive an immunization appointment. They shouldn’t try to make an appointment unless their employer has contacted them with information about their appointment.
Vaccines for educators will be allocated proportionately to school staff in each region and schools should prioritize educators who have direct contact with children, according to health officials.
The state teachers union says some of the larger districts have so far received only around 80 doses.
What information do you need to provide to make an appointment?
No matter how people book an appointment, MDH says they will be asked to provide the following information:
- Last name
- Minnesota Address
- Phone number
- Email (optional)
- Gender / race / ethnicity
- Date of Birth
- Health information, including underlying conditions, current illnesses and allergies
Educators will be required to show employee ID or pay stub to prove employment when they arrive for their appointment at their assigned pilot site.