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COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you and your loved ones.

Visit this page regularly for vaccination updates

(UPDATED March 1)

Hennepin Healthcare is now helping our community protect against the spread of coronavirus with the COVID-19 vaccine. Here is the latest information on the vaccination process:

  • We have started rolling out our vaccination program to eligible patients (per MDH Guidelines), but we have a very limited supply of vaccine at this time.
  • Hennepin Healthcare is now offering the vaccine to residents of Minnesota 65 years of age and older.
  • We look forward to expanding our program as quickly as possible. Please check back here for updated information and subscribe to our social media channels @HennepinHC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more news.

How will you know when it is your turn to get vaccinated?

If you have a MyChart account and meet the above criteria for established Hennepin Healthcare patients, we will message you as soon as it is time to schedule your vaccination. If you currently do not have an account, we encourage you to please sign up online or call 612-873-5600.

  • The Minnesota Department of Health sets eligibility guidelines for vaccination, and we are a part of their statewide efforts
  • As we continue to roll out our vaccine program, we will provide information to our patients and community about when they can get the vaccine. Please continue to check here for updates
  • Even as we start rolling out the vaccine, it is still very important to wear a mask in public, practice social distancing, and hand hygiene even after receiving the vaccine
  • You should still seek testing if you think you have been exposed
  • Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook @hennepinhc for additional updates

Vaccinations in Minnesota:

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccinations

Minnesota Department of Health Vaccine Dashboard

About the vaccine

About COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccines currently being offered in the United States are the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Hennepin Healthcare is currently administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Learn more about the vaccine:

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

MDH Vaccine Pilot Sites

Timing

Timing

The vaccine distribution for Minnesota citizens is being managed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) through a series of phases. Phases have been set based on individual risk.

You will be able to get the vaccine when you are eligible, according to these phases.

For up to date information on our current phase visit the MDH vaccine plan web page.

Eligibility update: 

  • As of Tuesday, January 19, people in the following groups are eligible to make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine:
    • Minnesotans aged 65 and over
    • Pre-k through grade 12 educators
    • Child care workers

Please visit https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/index.jsp for more details and to learn how to schedule an appointment.

Safety

Vaccine Safety

We understand that there are concerns with the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Hennepin Healthcare is confident in the science behind the vaccines and encourages you to learn more so that you are comfortable and confident in getting the vaccine. 

The CDC offers helpful resources:

8 Things to Know About the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program 

Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines

Understanding mRNA Vaccines

Equity

Equitable Distribution of Vaccines

We are committed to the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

When will I be able to get the vaccine?

Because there are very few doses of vaccine available initially, the COVID-19 vaccination rollout will take a phased approach. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) determined the priority groups that will be getting the vaccine first.

Learn more about which phase Minnesota is in

What to expect when it is your turn:

  • If you receive either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine you will receive two separate doses
  • You may experience mild side effects after receiving the vaccine, like muscle soreness or fatigue, which is normal and expected. For more information about side effects visit the CDC's "What to Expect after Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine"
  • If you have had COVID-19 in the past, you are still able to receive the vaccine
  • Vaccines will be provided at no cost
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Where can I get the vaccine?

Depending on which phased group you are under, you will be receiving the vaccine in a health setting, workplace, community center, or faith center. This may expand if greater access is needed for our communities. More information will be available as we begin vaccinating more and more people.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Response page for more details and to learn how to schedule an appointment when it is time.

Vaccine Testimonials

Our staff was able to be vaccinated as part of the Minnesota Department of Health's Phase 1 distribution. Hear from our team about why they got the vaccine and what it means to them.

Download & Print Resources about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Know the Facts

Facts and common misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Information about the vaccine

About mRNA vaccines

Additional information about the mRNA type of vaccine

Spanish and Somali versions coming soon!

Additional Resources

Black Coalition Against COVID

Information about COVID-19 vaccines including media and interviews from the BCAC19

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Pregnancy and the Vaccine

A blog article with information to help you to make an informed choice about whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine while you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.​

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