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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. 

We are offering KN95 masks at all community vaccination events listed below, as supplies last. People can walk in to any event to request masks (10 per person). Vaccination is not required. 

Hennepin County is offering first and second vaccination doses, booster doses, and second booster doses. To learn more about vaccination 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.                  

Every Thursday from May 12 - June 30, 1-6 p.m. (age 5+ including boosters, 2nd booster for eligible people)

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, including booster (age 18+)
  • Pfizer, including booster (ages 5+)

Accepting

  • Minnesotans ages 5-11; parental consent needed for ages 5-11
  • 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 community incentives

Hennepin County is offering vaccine incentives to community organizations to help promote COVID-19 vaccination, increase vaccine uptake, and reduce disparities. 

Vaccine incentives for community organizations

Hennepin County is also offering community organizations up to $3,000 in stipends to use toward vaccine incentives. Examples of incentives that community organizations may offer include food, entertainment, vaccine education events, gift cards, and thank you packs. Community organizations who have already received $3,000 in stipends can apply for a second stipend of up to $2,000 for additional vaccine incentives ($5,000 total per calendar year).

Community organizations can apply for a vaccine incentives stipend at www.hennepin.us/community-registration.

Updated: February 25, 2022

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Available vaccines

What vaccines are approved?

Three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson). The Pfizer vaccine has received full FDA approval for people 16 and older. The Moderna vaccine has received full FDA approval for people 18 and older.

  • The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people 5 and older.
  • The Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are approved for people 18 and older.

Other COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers are in earlier stages of development and testing. Learn more about the approved vaccines on the Minnesota Department of Health vaccine FAQ

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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 5 and older and booster appointments for people 5 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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Eligibility and special considerations

Who is eligible to get the vaccine?

Currently all Minnesotans 5 and older are eligible to get the vaccine. Learn more about who is currently getting vaccinated on the state’s COVID-19 website.

I'm fully vaccinated. When can I get a booster shot? What are my options?

Federal and state health officials now recommend that everyone 5 and older should get a booster shot when they are due. The timing of your booster shot depends on which vaccine you received and when you got it.

  • If you got Johnson & Johnson vaccine: People 18+ should get a booster shot 2 months after their first dose.
  • If you got Moderna vaccine: People 18+ should get a booster shot 5 months after their second dose of Moderna.
  • If you got Pfizer vaccine: People 5+ should get a booster shot 5 months after their second dose of Pfizer. 

Currently, people who are 5 to 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine as their booster dose.

If you are 18+ you have several options. You can get a booster shot of the same vaccine you got in your initial series, or you can choose to get a booster of a different vaccine. Sometimes this is called “mixing and matching”. For example, if you originally received two doses of Pfizer, you may choose to get a booster shot of Moderna.

Please note for people who got a first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine the CDC recommends getting a booster shot of Moderna or Pfizer, instead of a booster of Johnson & Johnson in most situations. 

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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