COVID-19 Vaccine

The vaccine is not yet available for the general public.

  • While supply remains limited, Ramsey County is following federal and state guidelines to distribute the vaccine in phases to have the greatest impact and prevent further spread to those most at-risk.
  • Eventually, there will be enough vaccine for everyone.
  • The vaccine will be free.
  • No one will be required to get the vaccine by the government or public health.

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Ramsey County COVID-19 vaccine updates

COVID-19 vaccine distribution is changing quickly. Sign up for updates on who Ramsey County is vaccinating and opportunities to get the vaccine. This is for updates only. It is not for scheduling an appointment to get the vaccine.

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Minnesota Vaccine Connector

Minnesota's new COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is available for all residents age 18 and older. Sign up to be notified when you become eligible to get the vaccine. If you are unable to sign up online, you can sign up over the phone. Insurance and identification are not needed and signing up is free.

Vaccine distribution by week

Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health is currently giving COVID-19 vaccinations to those identified in Phase 1a only. Summary of vaccinations given by Public Health

Timeline

COVID-19 vaccine planning is currently happening at federal, state and local levels of government. Learn more about COVID-19 phases and planning.

Vaccine distribution phases

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Minnesota community vaccination program

State of Minnesota community vaccination program

The community vaccine program operated by the State of Minnesota has no-barrier vaccination clinics across the state. Those who initially qualify for vaccination include adults 65+, pre-k through 12 educators and school staff, and child care workers.

For general information about the State's community vaccination program:

If you are 65+

Contact your clinic or hospital

  • The State of Minnesota is shipping more vaccine to clinics and hospitals across the state for those aged 65 and over.
  • Contact your local health care provider to ask about getting the vaccine.
  • Use the Find My Vaccine tool.

Participate in the 65+ community vaccination program

The State of Minnesota uses a random selection process for appointments. To enter the random selection process, Minnesotans age 65+ must first complete the pre-registration online or by phone during available hours.

  • New pre-registrations are not being accepted at this time, but there will be future opportunities.
  • If you signed up for pre-registration and have not been notified, you are still on the list. You will again have the opportunity to be chosen to make an appointment for a vaccine at one of the community vaccination clinics (Minneapolis, Duluth or Rochester).
  • If you have questions, call 833-431-2053.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccine Clinic Program

Learn more

If you are an educator, school staff, or child care provider

Work with your employer to sign up for an appointment at one of the state-sponsored clinics.

  • No walk-ins.​
  • Schools prioritize employees based on face-to-face interaction with children.
  • Child care programs are randomly selected and will be notified by the State if vaccines are available.

Learn more

Vaccinations by Ramsey County

Ramsey County is vaccinating for Phase 1a, which includes the following groups:

  • Healthcare personnel.
  • Hospital staff working with COVID-19 patients.
  • Staff in skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes.
  • Emergency medical services personnel who provide direct patient care.
  • COVID-19 testers and vaccinators.
  • Long-term care residents.

More information about Phase 1a

Individuals in these groups will be notified by their employers or facility where they live on how they will get the vaccine.

Who can get the vaccine next?

The next groups able to get the vaccine (Phase 1b) include the following:

  • Frontline essential workers.
  • Other groups to be determined. 

We do not know when Phase 1b will begin. The Minnesota Department of Health will continue to communicate about who is included in the phase, when supplies will be available and timeline for vaccines.

When and where can I get the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is not available to the general public yet. When more vaccine is available, you will be able to get it from:

  • Health care providers.
  • Vaccine clinics operated by public health departments and community health centers.
  • Pharmacies.

Learn more about vaccine distribution and what phase you might be in

Vaccine supply

The supply of vaccine available in Minnesota remains very limited. Governor Walz, along with the governors of Michigan and Wisconsin have sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to express frustration with the amount of vaccine available. The letter called upon the Trump Administration to do everything possible to purchase additional vaccine after reports that a supply of vaccine for second doses states had been told was in reserve, did not exist. 

Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health has a small amount of vaccine and will continue to provide vaccinations as we get additional supply from the state of Minnesota. 

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