COVID-19 vaccines starting to arrive in Minnesota
COVID-19 vaccines are currently in Phase 1a of distribution, which includes the following groups:
- Healthcare personnel which includes hospital staff working with patients who may have COVID-19, staff in skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes, emergency medical services personnel who provide direct patient care, COVID-19 testers and COVID-19 vaccinators.
- Long-term care residents.
COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available for the general public. We must continue to wear masks, socially distance, wash our hands frequently and stay home if we are sick to make sure as few people as possible get COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available.
The next groups able to get the vaccine (Phases 1b and 1c) include frontline essential workers, adults 65 years and older, people with high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers. We do not know when the next phase will begin. The Minnesota Department of Health will continue to communicate about new phases of vaccination as more supply becomes available.