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COVID-19 response

You can access county services by phone, online, email, mail, drop off, or fax.

Visiting county buildings 

  • Visitors to most county buildings are not required to wear a mask.
  • Visitors may still be required to wear a mask in certain county buildings, including correctional, detention, and health care settings. Follow instructions from signage and building staff.
  • Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated or at high-risk for COVID-19.
  • Visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not enter county buildings, when possible. If these visitors must enter, they should wear a mask.

Physical distance

Maintain 6 feet or 2 meters of physical distance, when possible.

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Hennepin County is helping ensure that all people who want the vaccine can get it.  

Hennepin County is now offering vaccine doses for children 6 months through five years. We are also offering first and second vaccine doses, booster doses, and second booster doses. To learn more about vaccine and booster doses, including types and eligibility, visit the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine website.

Register for a vaccine appointment 

Register for an appointment using the links underneath the events, below. Appointments preferred. Limited walk-ins are accepted one hour after each event starts. 

You can also register for a vaccine appointment by calling 612-348-8900.

  • Español: Regístrese para el evento. La inscripción en línea está disponible en español. También puede registrarse para el evento llamando al 612-348-8900. Tenemos ayuda está disponible en español. 
  • Hmong: Mus sau npe rau lub koom txoos. Muaj mus sau npe nyob rau saum huab cua hais ua lus Hmoob. Koj tuaj yeem mus sau npe rau lub koom txoos los ntawm kev hu xov tooj mus rau 612- 348-8900. Muaj pab hais ua lus Hmoob.  
  • Soomaali: Isu diiwaan geli kulanka. Isku diiwaan gelinta khadka tooska ah ee kulanka ayaa lagu heli karaa Soomaali. Sidoo kale waxaa kulanka isku diiwaan gelin kartaa adigoo soo wacaya 612-348-8900.  Caawimaada waxaa lagu heli karaa Soomaali.                  

Mondays: July 18, July 25

Tuesdays: July 19

Wednesdays: July 13, July 20

  • Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, Grand Room 1
  • 5600 85th Avenue N., Brooklyn Park, 55443
  • 4-8 p.m.
  • Pfizer vaccines: 6 months and up
  • Pfizer boosters: 5 years and up
  • Moderna vaccine: 6 months through 5 years, and 18+
  • Moderna boosters: 18 years and up
  • Register for an appointment
  • Parents/guardians will be able to choose Pfizer or Moderna for their child at the vaccine event. Note: Pfizer is a 3-dose series for children under 5.

Thursdays: June 30 – August 25

  • Brookdale Library Conference Room
  • 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, 55430
  • 1-6 p.m.
  • Pfizer vaccines: 6 months and up
  • Pfizer boosters: 5 years and up
  • Moderna vaccine: 6 months through 5 years, and 18+
  • Moderna boosters: 18 years and up
  • Register for an appointment
  • Parents/guardians will be able to choose Pfizer or Moderna for their child at the vaccine event. Note: Pfizer is a 3-dose series for children under 5.

Fridays: July 1, July 22, July 29

  • St. Louis Park Public School District’s Central Community Center, Gymnasium
  • 6300 Walker Street, St. Louis Park, 55416
  • 2-6 p.m.
  • Pfizer vaccines: 6 months and up
  • Pfizer boosters: 5 years and up
  • Moderna vaccine: 6 months through 5 years, and 18+
  • Moderna boosters: 18 years and up
  • Register for an appointment
  • Parents/guardians will be able to choose Pfizer or Moderna for their child at the vaccine event. Note: Pfizer is a 3-dose series for children under 5.

Saturdays: July 16, July 23

  • Eden Prairie School – Eden Lake Elementary School Gymnasium
  • 12000 Anderson Lakes Parkway, Eden Prairie, 55344
  • 8 a.m.-noon
  • Pfizer vaccines: 6 months and up
  • Pfizer boosters: 5 years and up
  • Moderna vaccine: 6 months through 5 years, and 18+
  • Moderna boosters: 18 years and up
  • Register for an appointment
  • Parents/guardians will be able to choose Pfizer or Moderna for their child at the vaccine event. Note: Pfizer is a 3-dose series for children under 5.

Sundays: July 17, July 24

  • Hopkins Public School’s North Junior High School, Athletic Structure, Door L
  • 10700 Cedar Lake Road, Minnetonka, 55305
  • Event entrance: The Northwest corner of the Athletic Structure. Access the entrance from Cedar Lake Road at the traffic light and then by driving to the North end of the building. Parking is just North of the Athletic Structure.

  • 12-3 p.m.
  • Pfizer vaccines: 6 months and up
  • Pfizer boosters: 5 years and up
  • Moderna vaccine: 6 months through 5 years, and 18+
  • Moderna boosters: 18 years and up
  • Register for an appointment
  • Parents/guardians will be able to choose Pfizer or Moderna for their child at the vaccine event. Note: Pfizer is a 3-dose series for children under 5.

Other Hennepin County sites offering the COVID-19 vaccine   

Hennepin County Public Health Clinic (Red Door Clinic)

Clinic address

525 Portland Avenue, 4th floor, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Clinic hours

  • Monday to Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vaccine type

  • Moderna vaccines: 18 years and up
  • Moderna boosters: 18 years and up
  • Pfizer vaccines: 6 months and up
  • Pfizer boosters: 5 years and up

Accepting

  • Minnesotans ages 6 months to 11 years; parental consent needed for ages 6 months to 11 years
  • Minnesotans ages 12+
  • Minnesotans ages 18+

Call 612-543-5555 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Walk-ins are available during regular clinic hours, until 3 p.m. There may be a wait, depending on walk-in demand.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

Visit NorthPoint's website for current info on vaccine events.

Hennepin County COVID-19 vaccine stipends 

Hennepin County is offering community organizations up to $3,000 in vaccine stipends to promote COVID-19 vaccination, increase vaccine uptake, and reduce disparities. Community organizations may use their vaccine stipends to host vaccine clinics and vaccine education events, and to offer food, entertainment, gift cards, thank you packs, and more.

Community organizations who have already received $3,000 in vaccine stipends can apply for a second stipend of up to $2,000 ($5,000 total per calendar year).

Apply for a vaccine incentives stipend at hennepin.us/community-vaccination.

Updated: June 21, 2022

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Accepted COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccines approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which currently include: 

  • Johnson & Johnson's Janssen
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer-BioNTech

Vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO), which currently include:

  • Johnson & Johnson's Janssen
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covaxin
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • Novavax/Covovax
  • Convidecia

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How to get the vaccine

How do I get the vaccine with Hennepin County?

Hennepin County is currently offering vaccine appointments for people 6 months and older. Pre-registration preferred. Walk-ins are available as supply allows.

Register for a vaccine with Hennepin County.

If you have questions about the vaccine or need help registering for a vaccine appointment, call 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. 

Where else can I get the vaccine?

The Hennepin County Public Health Clinic is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people 5+ (including boosters for people 12+) during normal clinic hours. The clinic has the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Call 612-543-5555 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted as supply allows.

Clinic address: 525 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Clinic hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also use Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Connector tool to find out when, where, and how to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, you can get the vaccine by contacting your primary care provider.

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More information

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines?

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Information in other languages (Hennepin County) 

What you should know about COVID-19 vaccines (Minnesota Department of Health)

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Hennepin County vaccination statistics

Check out the Hennepin County COVID-19 public dashboard (slide 2) for vaccination data, including:

  • Cumulative vaccinations administered
  • Vaccines administered by week
  • Total people vaccinated by Hennepin County

Groups vaccinated

To date, we have offered vaccine appointments to people who reside inside and outside of Hennepin County. We have prioritized people who live in high social vulnerability index zip codes and communities who are disproportionality impacted by COVID-19.

State of Minnesota vaccination updates

For statewide vaccine data visit the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard.

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COVID-19: Español (Spanish)

COVID-19: Hmoob (Hmong)

COVID-19: Oromo

COVID-19: Soomaali (Somali)

Hennepin County helpline flyer

Hate crime resource flyer

Immigration resource flyer

Language resources from Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health has more COVID-19 information in multiple languages.

Funding comes from the federal CARES Act. The county received about $220 million and is using the funds in several ways in response to COVID-19.

Recent actions

  • $1.5 million allocated for the continuation of public information, engagement, and outreach regarding COVID-19
  • Rescind allocations that were used in 2020 to purchase properties providing alternative living accommodations for homeless individuals and county-dependent individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; authorize the use of 2020 fund balance for these property purchases

Businesses

$27.9 million for small and self-employed businesses

Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program

  • Providing grants to 985 businesses totaling $9.3 million to date
  • Providing culturally specific outreach and technical assistance
  • Small business relief programs

$700,000 to establish a network that aid businesses in COVID-19 recovery

  • Provide peer-to-peer business roundtables
  • Host critical topics series
  • Match businesses with specialized technical assistance and coaching

$25.3 million from the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 relief grant

  • Support businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19

$8 million to support local restaurants and bars during the COVID-19 crisis

Community organizations

$2.5 million to support non-profit and community organizations

  • Provide expanded safety net services due to COVID-19

Education

Funding is targeted for youth involved in county systems, such as child welfare and corrections.

$1.5 million for distance learning

  • Purchasing devices, hotspots, and cell phones
  • Investing in broadband in places where many youth are without connectivity

$2.5 for educational support

  • Education planning, monitoring, coaching, and tutoring
  • Coordinating with school district staff, child welfare, Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, Be@School staff, and related professionals
  • Arranging for other needed services
  • Building problem-solving and self-advocacy skills 
  • Developing support networks

Homelessness and Housing

$2.2 million to the Indoor Villages project

  • 100 tiny structures inside a warehouse building
  • Will provide individual living space for each resident
  • Connects residents with supportive services

$3.2 million to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Focusing on emergency shelters for people experiencing homelessness

$3.5 million to provide a low-barrier emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

More than $20.6 million for safer shelter at hotels

  • Operating three hotel sites for people who cannot safely self-isolate
  • Working with Americorps to operate two hotel sites for seniors and people with underlying health conditions
  • Operating two hotel sites for people staying in shelter who have suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 

$7.3 million for an affordable housing stabilization fund

$1.3 million for culturally specific support

Efforts are targeted for the Native American community, which is disproportionally affected by homelessness.

  • Providing crisis outreach and housing navigation to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness
  • Connecting people to housing and shelter more rapidly
  • Support low-barrier housing

$3.6 million to purchase alternative living spaces for people experiencing homelessness

Food security

$3 million to food banks and other organizations

$2.7 million in grants

  • Distributed to 75 community organizations as part of a long-term strategy to address food insecurity

Human services

$2.5 million for non-profits and community organizations

  • Supporting organizations that serve individuals, families, and youth involved in county systems
  • Providing funding for facility adaptations, technology, supplies, and PPE

Jobs

$2.5 million for job search resources

  • Allocating funding to organizations serving people who are experiencing income loss due to COVID-19
  • Partnering with Twin West Chamber of Commerce to create an app that connect people with open jobs/careers

Licensing service centers

$3 million to reduce backlog

  • Modifying spaces at Brookdale, North Minneapolis Hub and Ridgedale, and potentially another location
  • Hiring staff and providing PPE and cleaning supplies
  • Providing technology including an online payment system, electronic locker system, and chat/instant messaging

Outreach

$2.3 million for a public outreach campaign

Public health

$1.7 million for multidisciplinary approach to combat COVID-19

  • Hiring/contracting staff to provide mobile testing
  • Hiring staff for contact tracing and investigation
  • Supply PPE for staff

$44 million to Hennepin Healthcare

  • Covers COVID-19 expenses from March through July

Rental and housing assistance

$15.7 million for emergency assistance for renters and homeowners

  • Targeting renters with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income
  • Helping an expected 9,000 residents maintain stable housing during the pandemic

$5 million to for rental assistance

  • Establish a program that will allow rental property owners to apply for emergency rental assistance on behalf of tenants who cannot pay due to COVID-19

Technology

$5.2 million in CARES funding to provide low-cost laptops

  • To youth, adults and seniors
  • Eligible to those participating in distance learning, pursuing employment, or accessing county services and telehealth options

Testing

$100,000 for long-term care facilities

  • Provide increased COVID-19 testing, follow-up services, and education

$1.9 million for tests

  • Purchase saliva test kits from Vault Health and Hennepin Healthcare
  • $425,000 to Hennepin Healthcare to increase testing

Voting

$3.5 million for absentee voting

  • Educating and encouraging voters to vote absentee
  • Counting increase in absentee ballots
  • Implementing public health measures in polling places
  • Recruiting polling place staff

$1 million for absentee voting

  • Mailing absentee ballots
  • Hiring additional seasonal staff to support absentee voting in the general election

$1.2 million to support the election

  • Majority will be passed from Hennepin County to cities

Youth programs

$3 million to support summer youth programs

  • Helping organizations safely provide youth programs and organized youth sports
  • Supporting facility adaptations, technology, supplies and PPE

$175,000 to support safe participation in youth sports and programming

Additional funding

Hennepin County is using additional CARES funding to equip Hennepin County and Hennepin Healthcare staff to best serve residents during this pandemic.

Internal focus areas include:

  • Transitioning to new ways to deliver service
  • Time off/accommodations for employees
  • Health resources for employees
  • Emergency response
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