Governor Tim Walz announced on Thursday, Feb. 18, a new online tool, COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, to help Minnesotans find out when, how, and where they can get their COVID-19 vaccine regardless. The tool is for all Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated, regardless of whether they are currently eligible or not. The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector will send updates to your computer or phone about your COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, resources to schedule an appointment, and notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area as vaccine supply increases in the weeks and months ahead.
The tool can be found at the state’s COVID-19 response website at mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector. The online form asks for contact information, demographic data, medical history, and employment to determine eligibility. There are also questions related to race, gender, and sexual orientation data but those questions are optional. Appointments will still need to be made through a registered provider.
For those without computer access or who need assistance, call 833-431-2053. Translation is also available by phone in all languages.
In the announcement, Gov. Walz said, “We still have a frustratingly limited vaccine supply from the federal government, but every Minnesotan should know their chance to get a vaccine will come. Today, we are connecting them directly to that process. We need to make it as easy as possible for every Minnesotan to get the vaccine when it’s their turn – no matter where they live and no matter their personal circumstances. The options we’re providing will help make that happen.”
Minnesota is currently vaccinating health care workers, long-term care residents, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators, childcare workers, and people age 65 and over.