A new tool launched this week will help Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Current eligibility for vaccines is still limited to Minnesotans over 65, health care workers, long-term care residents, childcare, and K-12 personnel, but the Vaccine Connector will be a helpful way to notify other Minnesotans once it’s their turn to get a shot and connect them to resources to schedule an appointment.
Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, regardless of their current vaccine eligibility status. Along with eligibility criteria related to age, employment, and health status, Minnesotans will be asked, but not required, to provide certain demographic information to help the state track and improve the equity in our state’s rollout. This is a voluntary tool and all data submitted is protected under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
Adults 65+ that sign up for the Vaccine Connector will be entered into the random selection process for the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Rochester. Anyone who already registered for an appointment through the pilot program or community vaccine program does not need to resubmit their information. Minnesotans over 65 are still encouraged to 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.
Sign up at mn.gov/vaccineconnector. Minnesotans can also call toll-free 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone or for translation services.