COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 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.

Who is getting the vaccine now?

Pilot project

Governor Walz has announced the following additional groups are eligible to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as part of a pilot in late January:

  • Minnesotans aged 65 and over
  • Pre-k through grade 12 educators 
  • Child care workers

The State of Minnesota will provide nine locations where they will provide vaccinations to people in these categories for a limited amount of time. Vaccinations are by appointment only. Walk-ins without an appointment will not be available. 

Starting Tuesday, January 19, at 12 p.m., you can make an appointment: 

The nine pilot vaccination sites are in the following cities: Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Mountain Iron, North Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud and Thief River Falls. 

Learn more about eligibility, scheduling an appointment and what to expect at the vaccination clinics. 

Ramsey County is not operating these vaccine clinics. We continue to coordinate and provide vaccinations for Phase 1a.

Phase 1a

Phase 1a of vaccine distribution, which includes the following groups:

  • Healthcare personnel (including: 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 will get the vaccine next?

The next groups able to get the vaccine (Phase 1b), includes 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 can I get the vaccine?

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

Vaccine fact sheets

The following fact sheets are available in PDF format:

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Safety and effectiveness

Vaccine request for employers with essential personnel

Additional resources