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Who's Getting Vaccinated?

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Who can get their vaccine now?

  • Minnesotans aged 65 or older
  • Health care workers at health care facilities in Minnesota
  • Long-term care residents and staff members at long-term care facilities in Minnesota
  • Pre-kindergarten through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff members, or contracted school staff members, at schools in Minnesota
  • Child care staff members at licensed and certified child care centers or programs in Minnesota

Who will get their vaccine soon?


April

People with specific high-risk health conditions:
Sickle cell disease, Down syndrome, those in active cancer treatment or immunocompromised from organ transplant, oxygen-dependent chronic lung and heart conditions (COPD and CHF)
Targeted essential workers
Food processing plants

April-May

People 45-64 with one or more high-risk medical conditions*
People 16-44 with two or more high-risk medical conditions*
Essential frontline workers
Agricultural, additional child care workers not previously eligible, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail, food service, manufacturing, public transit, US Postal Service workers
People 50+ in multi-generational housing

May-June

16+ with any underlying medical condition*
Age 50-64 (regardless of health condition)

All other essential workforces
Transportation and logistics, finance, housing/shelter construction, IT/communications, energy, media, legal, public safety, water, and wastewater

Summer

General public
By this summer, every Minnesotan who wants a shot will be able to get one!

*Underlying Medical Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, HIV, bone marrow disease, chronic steroids for more than 30 days, immunodeficiency disease, or taking immunosuppressive medications
  • Obesity - body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 kg/m2 
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes 

Laying out a path to vaccinate all Minnesotans

Minnesota is continuing to immunize those at highest risk of getting COVID-19, as well as those most at risk of severe disease and complications if they become infected. Adults aged 65+ are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 – and we will vaccinate at least 70% of Minnesota seniors before expanding eligibility to other groups. 

After we vaccinate 70% of seniors, eligibility will expand based on underlying health conditions and workplace exposure risk. As with all decisions throughout this pandemic, we are guided by science, medical evidence, and federal guidelines.

All Minnesotans who have not been vaccinated should sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to stay updated on eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine and connect to local vaccine opportunities when they become available.

Minnesota’s vaccine progress is possible because of the strong and stable network of providers that have been mobilized. Health care systems, local pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, hospitals, local public health facilities, and state-run community vaccination sites have been activated to bring the vaccine to Minnesotans in every community across the state. We are committed to an equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and will continue to expand access in the weeks and months ahead.

Vaccines are here, and they are saving lives. As vaccine supply increases, it will become easier than ever to get a shot. Until then, it’s important to take easy steps to slow the spread of illness. Wear your mask, stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands, and get a COVID-19 test if you need one. When it’s your turn, get your vaccine. After you’ve had your shot, continue following these safe practices to protect your neighbors while they wait for their vaccine.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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