Updated: February 19, 2021 11:18 AM
Created: February 19, 2021 10:32 AM
On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz announced the launch of a new tool called the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to help Minnesotans connect to a network to learn about where and when they can go to get vaccinated. The new program is one of the ways health officials will be able to keep residents informed.
Where do I sign up? You can do so by visiting the MDH Vaccine Connector website and selecting Launch the Vaccine Connector button. If you do not have access to the internet, you may call the hotline at 833-431-2053.
Who can sign up using the Vaccine Connector? According to the Minnesota Department of Health, all residents who have not yet been vaccinated should sign up. You do not need to be in the current eligible status to be added to the list. Anyone, ages 18 and over are encouraged to sign up for the Vaccine Connector.
MDH says if you have already registered through the COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program or the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program, you do not need to re-submit your information. They say if and educator or child care provider has already completed the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine - Education and Child Care survey, you do not need to re-submit your information on the Vaccine Connector. Educators and school staff will hear from their local public health agency, employer or state vaccination partner when they can get vaccinated.
However, MDH recommends all Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated should sign up to ensure they stay updated on vaccination opportunities when they become available. This includes educators and child care providers if you have not already completed the survey.
It is important to note that the Vaccine Connector does not schedule a vaccine appointment for you, nor does it guarantee an appointment. The program will let you know when you become eligible, based on the phases of vaccinations being addressed. As of February 18, Minnesota is vaccinating health care personnel, long-term care residents, and adults 65 years of age and older. Some counties in the state have adjusted the age to over 70, due to limited availability of vaccines. Also included in this phase are pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, school staff, and child care workers.
Once registered in the Vaccine Connector, you will receive a confirmation email. As more vaccine becomes available, you will be sent an update your eligibility and opportunities to receive the vaccination in Minnesota. Details will be included on how to make an appointment. These details will vary depending on the category of eligibility and vaccine supply.
If you would like to unsubscribe or need help registering for the Vaccine Connector, you can contact the Community Vaccination Program Hotline at 833-431-2053. For further information and answers to questions visit the MDH Vaccine Connector web page.
It is important to remember that the supply of COVID-19 vaccinations remain limited in the state. Health providers continue to ask Minnesotans to be patient as more vaccine becomes available.
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