Gov. Walz announces launch of COVID-19 Vaccine Connector tool

Gov. Tim Walz announced the launch of a new tool called the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to help Minnesotans learn about where they can go to get vaccinated. Gov. Tim Walz announced the launch of a new tool called the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to help Minnesotans learn about where they can go to get vaccinated. |  Photo: Minnesota Department of Health

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 19, 2021 10:47 AM
Created: February 18, 2021 09:39 AM

Gov. Tim Walz announced the launch of a new tool called the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to help Minnesotans learn about where they can go to get vaccinated and how to sign up.

In a press release from the governor's office, it explains the tool will help connect Minnesotans to a network once it’s their turn to get a shot and is also meant to improve the ability of communities of color to access the vaccine. Those 18 and older who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up, regardless of eligibility status.

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In a press release, Gov. Walz said, “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. 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.”

Minnesotans sign up at mn.gov/vaccineconnector. Those struggling to sign up online can call 833-431-2053 for assistance. Translation is available by phone in all languages as well.

Full press conference from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesotans will need to provide contact information, demographic data, medical history, and employment to sign up.

Once a person is eligible to receive a vaccine, the Vaccine Connector will alert the person and connect them to resources to schedule an appointment, and let them know if there are vaccination opportunities in their area.

It is explained in the press release that Minnesotans will still make appointments directly through a registered vaccinator.

As the state continues vaccinating priority groups like health care workers, long-term care residents, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators and child care workers, those groups will continue to hear from their employers or the facilities they live in about vaccination opportunities.

Adults who already registered through the COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program or the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program do not need to sign up on the Vaccine Connector because their information is already in the system.

Adults 65 and older who sign up for the Vaccine Connector will be entered into the random selection process for the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites operating in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Rochester. If selected, they will be told by text, email, or landline by the company that runs those sites, Vault Health.

Adults 65 and older can also 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 because their information is already in the system. This also includes those who filled out the Health Care Connection Form.

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