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COVID-19

Posted on: February 24, 2021

State Launches Vaccine Connector

Corona Virus

Who can get the vaccine now from Dakota County Public Health

Recently, Dakota County Public Health began moving into Phase 1B. Phases are different depending on your county/community. Dakota County is now opening vaccination appointments to pre-K through grade 12 educators and child care workers who work in Dakota County as well as continuing to vaccinate those in Phase 1A.

At this time, Dakota County Public Health is only vaccinating the groups below. The approved organizations must be located within Dakota County.

Phase 1B

▪ Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (including adult basic and community education) school staff members or contracted school staff members who work in Dakota County schools

▪ Child care staff members at licensed and certified child care centers and programs who work in Dakota County

Phase 1A

▪ People working in health care settings in Dakota County (doctors, nurses, etc.)

▪ People who provide direct care in Dakota County (firefighters, school nurses, dentists, mental health workers, etc.)

▪ People who work or live in long-term care, assisted-living facilities and congregate care facilities in Dakota County

All Dakota County vaccination appointments are by invitation only and will require ID/paystub confirmation. You must bring a company/school ID (or paystub) showing your association with the approved Dakota County organization to get into the vaccination clinic. If you do not bring documentation, your appointment may be canceled. If you are in one of the groups above, check with your employer or facility on how to get invited for an appointment.

Appointment links should not be shared with others and may lead to appointment cancellations.

At this time, the only people who can receive the vaccine from Dakota County Public Health are in the groups listed above.

Who can get the vaccine now from the state and local providers

New - The state recently launched the Vaccine Connector. Any Minnesotan, age 18 and older, can sign up for to be notified of when and where vaccine is available for them. If you have questions about the form or need language assistance, please call the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector hotline at 833-431-2053.

Minnesota is continuing to expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations through pharmacies and hospitals across the state this week for those aged 65 and over. Specifically, the state is reallocating thousands of doses for Walgreens, Walmart, and Thrifty White. Contact your local pharmacy for more information on how to sign up for a vaccine appointment.

You can visit the Find My Vaccine website to find locations and contact information for scheduling appointments at Walgreens, Walmart, Thrifty White, as well as other hospitals and clinics. For more information, call 833-431-2053 or visit the State of Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine page.

Random selection for the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program is also continuing. If you are selected this week, you will be able to get your vaccine at either the Minneapolis, Duluth or Rochester community vaccination clinics. Those who received first doses at one of the state’s pilot vaccination sites will receive their second doses at the same location, as previously scheduled.


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