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COVID-19 vaccination

Each week, the Minnesota Department of Health determines the allocations of vaccine dosages for local public health agencies, including Hennepin County Public Health.

We monitor and adjust our vaccination plans based on that allocation. Additional priority groups are added as vaccine doses and appointments become available. We prioritize groups for vaccination based on guidance from MDH, as well as job duties and risk of exposure.

We look forward to helping ensure that all people in Hennepin County who want the vaccine can get it. Thank you for your patience as we move through this challenging process with limited supply.

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Update: We are maintaining awareness of the civil unrest related to the police involved shooting of Duante Wright and the trial verdict of Derek Chauvin. The safety of staff and clients is our top priority. If we need to change or cancel a vaccine clinic we will send an email to people who have an appointment. Thank you for your understanding. For questions or help, please call 612-348-8900 or email us at HSPH.Emergency.Preparedness@hennepin.us.

Register for the vaccine

Hennepin County Public Health is currently offering the Moderna (2 shot) COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna vaccine has proven effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 disease. Getting vaccinated with the first vaccine available to you will help protect you from COVID-19.

Complete the registration form.

  • Completing the survey does not automatically guarantee you a vaccine appointment.
  • This process registers you in our system. It does not make you a vaccine appointment.
  • If you meet the current criteria for vaccination based on current guidelines, you will be contacted if an appointment becomes available.
  • You are still eligible to sign-up and receive the vaccine through other systems.

Registration process

  1. Complete the secure, online questionnaire. Basic information like name, age, and email address, will be asked for. The collected information helps determine your current eligibility to get the vaccine.
  2. After you complete and submit the form, you will receive an email confirmation letting you know you are registered in our system.
  3. If you are eligible, you will receive an email invitation to schedule your vaccine appointment when it becomes available. This will require you to fill out another online questionnaire, selecting a time and location for your vaccine appointment.

Information needed to complete registration survey

Please have the following information available to help you complete the registration survey.

  1. Health insurance information
    • The vaccine itself is free, but your insurance may be billed to cover clinic costs.
    • People attending our clinics will not be charged any fees.
    • We serve all people regardless of their insurance status.
  2. History of any allergic reaction to vaccines or allergy to any vaccine ingredients
    • Learn more about allergic reactions or vaccine ingredients on the CDC website.

Registration help

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or need help registering for a vaccine appointment, call 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.

Vaccine clinics

Indoor clinics

Additional clinics 

Updated: 3/18/21

When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available?

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). 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.

The approved COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in phases to different groups of people. Learn more about who is currently getting vaccinated on the state’s COVID-19 website. As vaccine supply increases in the weeks to come, more people will have the chance to get vaccinated. Ultimately, all Minnesotans will have an opportunity to get vaccinated.

Register for the vaccine on this page.

  • This process registers you in our system. It does not make you a vaccine appointment.
  • If you meet the current criteria for vaccination based on current guidelines, you will be contacted if an appointment becomes available.
  • You are still eligible to sign-up and receive the vaccine through other systems.

You can also use Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Connector tool to find out when, where, and how to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

How will we know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective?

COVID-19 vaccine development requirements are the same as for all other vaccines. Experts from federal agencies, including the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), review the information collected during the vaccine manufacturers’ testing process to determine whether a vaccine is safe and effective.

Experts continue tracking vaccine safety information once vaccines are given in real-life conditions to make sure they are working as expected.

I have recovered from a lab confirmed case of COVID-19. Should I still get vaccinated?

Yes, people who had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated. This is because COVID-19 is a new disease, so:

  • We do not know if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again (how long they are immune).
  • We do not know if being previously infected will make the next infection better or worse.

Are people who have recovered from a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 required to wait to be vaccinated?

If you have had COVID-19, you should get vaccinated even if you have had COVID-19 disease. We are not sure how long a person is protected after they have had COVID-19 disease. Some people have reported a second infection after 90 days. If your illness was confirmed by a PCR test in the past 90 days, it is okay to wait to get vaccinated. In order to conserve doses when they are limited, you may be asked to wait for the 90-day period.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required?

No one will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, vaccination is highly encouraged because we know that these vaccines are very effective in preventing severe COVID-19 disease. Getting the vaccine will protect your health and help reduce the strain on the health care system.

I’ve heard that there is pork and gelatin in the COVID-19 vaccines. Is this true?

No. There is no pork, gelatin, or other animal products in the COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and can prevent you from getting a severe case of COVID-19.

I've heard that there are tracking devices in the COVID-19 vaccines. Is this true?

No. There are no tracking devices in the COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and can prevent you from getting a severe case of COVID-19.

Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect your DNA?

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were made using mRNA technology. mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person's genetic makeup (DNA). Learn more about mRNA vaccines at CDC: Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines.

Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect your fertility?

A disinformation campaign has been circulating online, claiming that antibodies to the spike protein of COVID-19 produced from the COVID-19 vaccines will bind to placental proteins and prevent pregnancy.

While there are no formal studies, the best evidence comes from women who got sick with COVID-19 while pregnant. While data clearly indicate pregnant women are at higher risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19 infection, there is no evidence of increased miscarriage rates.

During natural infection, the immune system generates the same antibodies to the spike protein that COVID-19 vaccines would. Thus, if COVID-19 affected fertility, there already would be an increase in miscarriage rates in women infected with COVID-19. This has not happened.

Learn more: COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked – Mayo Clinic Health System

Are there any side effects from getting the vaccine?

The most common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines are fatigue, headache, and muscle aches. These side effects are most likely to occur one or two days after getting the vaccine. Although most people will not have significant side effects, some people may wish to schedule their vaccination to allow for a day or two of rest afterward. Side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine are a sign that your immune system is working well.

Can I get vaccinated if I’m pregnant, breastfeeding, and/or immunocompromised?

It is important to know that for some populations -- like people who are pregnant, breastfeeding and/or immunocompromised — we don’t have much information about safety or how well the vaccine works, or it hasn’t been studied yet. In these circumstances, people may be vaccinated but should speak with their health care provider so they understand what is known about their situation and vaccination.

Do I have to get two doses of vaccine?

Two doses are needed for the two COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. The time between the doses depends on the vaccine you are getting. The Pfizer vaccine (ultra-cold vaccine) should be given 21 days (3 weeks) apart and the Moderna vaccine (frozen vaccine) should be given 28 days apart (1 month/4 weeks).

It is okay if you get the vaccine within four days of the 21 or 28 day mark (depending on which vaccine you get). If you are unable to get your second dose within the appropriate interval, get the second dose as soon as you can.

It is very important that someone gets both vaccine doses, and the same product for each dose. The vaccine is only fully effective with both doses of vaccine. If someone only gets one dose, they may not be protected (immune) against COVID-19. 

Will I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No, there are no live viruses in the COVID-19 vaccines. Therefore, it is impossible to get COVID-19 from the vaccines. However, by getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself from getting a severe case of COVID-19.

Will the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations protect me from the new strain of COVID-19?

Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen continue to run tests but all manufacturers believe that their vaccines are effective against the new variants of COVID-19. 

How much does a COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine itself is free. (The federal government has pre-paid for doses for all Americans.) When it’s their turn, most people will get the vaccine through their primary health care provider. By law, healthcare systems and clinics are allowed to charge vaccine administration fees and/or clinic visit fees. These fees will likely be covered by your insurance. If you do not have insurance or cannot afford these fees, other opportunities for fully free COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., community vaccination events) will become available later in 2021.

I want to get vaccinated but I’m undocumented. Could my immigration status become public?

Your status will never be made public. You are not required to provide immigration documentation to receive the vaccine and you will not be asked for them.

Will I still have to wear a mask and physically distance from others once I’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, we will all need to continue to wear masks and practice other prevention steps for some time -- even after receiving the vaccine. This is because, at this time, scientists are not yet certain that the vaccines prevents asymptomatic virus spread (i.e., you could get the vaccine but still get infected and spread the virus with mild to no symptoms). When public health experts know more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide, they will update the prevention recommendations.

For now, steps everyone should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include physically distancing (6 feet or 2 meters), wearing face masks, staying home when sick, covering your coughs and sneezes, and washing your hands frequently.

Will I still need to get my flu shot if I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes! The viruses that cause COVID-19 and flu are different. Benefits of flu vaccine include:

  • Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year
  • Flu vaccine prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year
  • Getting a flu vaccine may also protect people around you who are at higher risk for serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain health conditions

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

COVID-19 vaccine FAQs in other languages:

Vaccine allocation

Each week, the Minnesota Department of Health determines the allocations of vaccine dosages for local public health agencies, including Hennepin County Public Health.

We are continuously monitoring and adjusting our vaccination plans and bringing additional priority groups into clinics as vaccine doses and appointments become available. We are prioritizing groups for vaccination based on guidance from MDH, as well as job duties and risk of exposure.

We look forward to helping ensure that all people in Hennepin County who want the vaccine can get it. We thank everyone for their patience as we move through this challenging process with limited supply.

For more information on Minnesota’s phased vaccination plan, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.

This information on this page is updated every Friday.

Sign up on the Hennepin County vaccine registration site

Register to receive a vaccine on this page: www.hennepin.us/vaccineregistration.

  • After you register in the Hennepin County system, you will be contacted to make a vaccine appointment when you meet the current eligibility guidelines.
  • You can also register through the State of Minnesota’s vaccine connector tool: vaccinconnector.mn.gov
  • Registering in the Hennepin County vaccine registration system does not make you ineligible for the state’s vaccine connector tool

COVID-19 vaccination navigation line

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or need help registering for a vaccine appointment, call 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.

Get email updates

Submit your request to receive updates about vaccination plan updates.

Hennepin County vaccination statistics

Vaccination appointments are scheduled Monday through Saturday, but for logistical reasons there is a lag in reporting. Data are up-to-date as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Cumulative doses of vaccines received and administered to-date*

  • Cumulative number of first doses received: 28,700
  • Cumulative number of first doses administered: 24,189
  • Cumulative number of second doses administered: 17,005

*Vaccines not yet administered are for scheduled appointments, second doses and anticipated allocation in the coming week.

Number of vaccine doses administered by week

  • Week ending Apr 13: 2,650
  • Week ending April 6: 3,592
  • Week ending March 30: 3,660
  • Week ending March 23: 4,234
  • Week ending March 16: 3,433
  • Week ending March 9: 3,158
  • Week ending March 2: 3,823
  • Week ending Feb 23: 3,631
  • Week ending Feb 16: 3,429
  • Week ending Feb 9: 2,213
  • Week ending Feb 2: 2,579
  • Week ending Jan 26: 1,854
  • Week ending Jan 19: 660
  • Week ending Jan 12:435
  • Before Jan 6: 1,025

Groups vaccinated

To date, we have offered vaccine appointments to the following groups in Hennepin County:

  • First responders
  • Long term care staff/residents
  • Healthcare workers, including COVID vaccinators/testers
  • Over 3,000 Hennepin County employees working on-site or providing in-person services
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • K-12 school staff

State of Minnesota vaccination updates

As of April 14, 2021, 552,712 Hennepin County residents have received at least one vaccine dose. For this and other statewide vaccine data visit the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard.

Hennepin County Public Health’s role

Hennepin County Public Health has been directed to prioritize vaccinating people and groups not covered by other vaccine providers (i.e., healthcare system or pharmacies). Our health department’s responsibilities and approach to vaccination are outlined below.

Our responsibilities

  • Working with system partners — like Hennepin Healthcare, the Minnesota Department of Health, and other local health departments — to support their ability to vaccinate.
  • Providing vaccine to Hennepin County residents and visitors who do not have access to the vaccine elsewhere.
  • Keeping Hennepin County residents, workers, and stakeholders informed of the vaccine distribution plan.

Our approach

  • Lead with a race equity lens
  • Utilize data to assist in decision making
  • Communicate the importance of seeking vaccine through one’s healthcare provider
  • Improve access to vaccination and vaccine information
  • Deploy several vaccination events per week, increasing to meet demand as needed
  • Distribute the vaccine safely and quickly, ensuring that all doses are used
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