All early learning through grade 12 school staff at public, nonpublic, and tribal schools including staff who contract with schools, such as bus drivers, are eligible to receive the vaccine. Staff working in licensed and non-school based certified child care programs –including licensed family child care providers – who are working in-person onsite are included in this pilot; school-based certified centers are included in school allocation as district employees. Child care providers are selected for the pilot through a random process.
The state does not require school or child care staff to be vaccinated; COVID-19 vaccines are not required as a part of child care licensure. Individuals selected for a vaccine are not obligated to participate in the vaccination pilot or other vaccination opportunities.
With a few exceptions, the child care program or school will work directly with employers to secure an appointment through a state-sponsored appointment scheduling portal. School-based child care programs will need to work with their school to secure an appointment based on allocations. Due to the limited supply of vaccine, schools will need to prioritize employees based on face-to-face interaction with children. Child care providers will be selected through a random process. For the purposes of the pilot, a regional approach was developed to allocate vaccinations for school and child care staff based on vaccine distribution. Appointments are not guaranteed for all individuals selected. Those with a confirmed appointment will schedule their second dose at the time they schedule their first dose.
Yes. Every person receiving a vaccine at one of the pilot sites will require an appointment. Sites will not accept any walk-ups. If appointment times become available, those on the wait list will be contacted. You cannot get on a wait list by showing up at a vaccination pilot site.
Yes. If you have the chance to be vaccinated elsewhere and wish to receive the vaccine, you should not wait to get it via the school or child care program where you work.
Yes, school and child care staff will be instructed to bring a school ID badge, paystub, or provide their child care license number.
In order to maximize efficiency, do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. While serious side effects are rare, you will be asked to wait 15 to 30 minutes after getting the vaccination before leaving the site to make sure you feel alright.
Minnesota has created vaccine sites across the state – seven in Greater Minnesota and one exclusively for educators and child care in the Metro area. Most sites are at schools based on feedback from childcare providers and educators about what type of site would be accessible. Based on learnings from the first week of the community vaccination sites, educators, school staff and child care staff in Greater Minnesota regions will be able to select from multiple sites. Appointments are not guaranteed and first choice locations are not guaranteed.
Due to the limited supply of vaccine for all Minnesotans currently eligible for the vaccine, the Governor dedicated approximately 6,000 doses for school and child care staff in the week of January 18. As the Governor continues to prioritize education and child care, the week of January 25 will include approximately 18,500 doses as a part of a state pilot. The distribution between education and child care is based on the percentage of the workforce per region. Once the federal government allocates more vaccine to Minnesota, the doses for school and child care staff will increase and processes of vaccinating will be informed by learnings from the pilot.
In an effort to prioritize access across the state, there are seven sites in Greater Minnesota and one exclusively for educators and child care in the metro. Due to the complexity of the vaccine distribution, the number of vaccines per site is limited to the box size of vaccine (975 for Pfizer). The allocation at each site is 50% for school and child care staff, the other 50% for 65+ Minnesotans in Greater Minnesota sites. This half allocation is then divided proportionally based on the percentage of education and child care workforce. For child care, the process of identifying providers is randomized, ensuring a proportional number of staff in family and center-based programs receive an option to participate in the vaccine pilot. For education, each district and charter receives an allocation of vaccines and private schools will receive an allocation as well.
You can get more information about the vaccine including how it was developed and what to expect after you get your vaccine at this fact sheet that has been posted on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.
Yes. After the second vaccine dose, it takes about two weeks for your body to build up protection. It is not known yet how long COVID-19 vaccines may protect people who get them from the virus. It is not known yet if people who get the vaccine can transmit COVID-19 to others if they get infected with COVID-19. Until we know more you should continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home when sick, and follow other health and safety guidance.
The education and child care exclusive site in the metro provides another opportunity to pilot strategies to reach education and child care sectors. The vaccine to worker allocation was highest in the metro area following week one of the pilot. This additional site with added capacity will help to ensure that a more proportional number of educators, school staff, and child care workers will have an opportunity to receive a vaccine.