Breakdown of residency requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine |

Breakdown of residency requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine

Emily Ness
Updated: April 07, 2021 10:43 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 06:49 PM

With each passing day of the pandemic, more and more pictures of COVID-19 vaccination record cards circulate online from people who are happy to have received their first and final shots.

But, as vaccination efforts continue to ramp up, questions surrounding residency requirements are also circulating.

A big question for many is whether they have to live in the state they receive their vaccine in.

In Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin, the answer is no.

In Minnesota, there are no residency requirements to get the vaccine, so those studying or working in Minnesota are eligible.

In Michigan, a similar scenario is playing out. Their department of health said that although they are prioritizing residents of Michigan, no shot in any arm is wasted. Therefore, they will vaccinate students, workers and so on.

Wisconsin too, was on board. They said they would vaccinate those living, working or studying within the state.

Kathy Ronchi, Douglas County Public Health Officer, applauds this move because she believes herd immunity helps protect everyone in the community, including and perhaps especially, children who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine.

“The more people that get vaccinated, the less likely parents and friends and neighbors will transmit to our children,” Ronchi said.

Additionally, Ronchi said more vaccinations could prevent new strains of COVID-19 from taking off, as well as, allow for extracurricular activities and exciting milestones like prom and graduation to go on.

“People are really worried about having an exposure as these important milestones are happening and one of the ways to avoid isolation and quarantine during these times would be to be fully vaccinated,” Ronchi said.

There are a number of places those who would like to sign up to receive their COVID-19 vaccine can do so.

In Minnesota, people can sign up for the Vaccine Connector, and in Michigan and Wisconsin, both the state's Department of Health websites have information about how to sign up.


Emily Ness

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