Updated on weekdays. Data is updated daily here at 11 a.m. unless otherwise specified, but there is a delay between a vaccine being given and when it is reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. This happens because the state must validate and process the data before reporting.
Vaccination information from the Minnesota Department of Health:
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?
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
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
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
By this summer, every Minnesotan who wants a shot will be able to get one!
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How were qualifying medical conditions chosen?
- The list of high-risk conditions for the next eligibility groups was adapted from conditions listed on CDC’s People with Certain Medical Conditions.
- Minnesota’s list includes recommendations from Minnesota’s health care providers. The list is based on current information and research for conditions that are known to put people at increased risk for severe disease.
How were qualifying essential workers chosen?
- Essential workers were selected by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP used the Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) publishes to help define the groups of workers. ACIP defined frontline essential workers (those included in 1b) as the subset of essential workers likely at highest risk for work-related exposure to COVID-19.
- Sub-prioritization was guided by the risk criteria presented in the Framework for Ethical Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, including:
- People have higher prioritization because they work or live in settings with a higher risk of transmission occurring because SARS-CoV-2 is circulating.
- People who are older and that have comorbid conditions are at higher risk of severe outcomes and death.
- People have higher priority because they live or work in settings where transmission is more likely to occur.
- People have higher priority due to the extent that society and other people’s lives depend on them being healthy.
I think I’m an essential worker but I’m not sure given the guidance. How can I find out? Will my employer tell me?
- If you are unsure whether your job qualifies you for a vaccine, you can check with your employer.
What is the timeline for these new groups to start getting vaccinated?
- Based on current projections, the next group of Minnesotans eligible for a vaccine will begin getting them in April, and every Minnesotan should be able to get a vaccine by this summer. Anticipated timelines are detailed on the Who’s Getting Vaccinated webpage.
- Anticipated timelines for phases are subject to change as vaccine supply from the federal government is adjusted in the coming weeks.
Where will I get vaccinated when I’m eligible?
- Information about how Minnesotans eligible in future phases will get vaccinated will be shared in the coming weeks. All Minnesotans should sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to stay informed on their eligibility and get connected to vaccine opportunities once they become eligible.