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Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Connector & School Guidance Shift

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Rep. Bierman


Dear Neighbors,

I’m writing today to let you know about a new COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, launched just yesterday. This tool will help Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

When you become eligible, the Vaccine Connector will:

  • alert you of your eligibility;
  • connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and
  • notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.

As Minnesotans become eligible for the vaccine, they will still make appointments directly through a registered vaccinator at this time. However, this Connector is an easy way for Minnesotans to stay updated about their eligibility and find opportunities to get a shot once it’s their turn.




For more information about signing up, eligibility, and more, visit:

Minnesotans unable to sign up online can have family or friends help them sign up online, or call 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone.

Here’s an update from the Legislature:

Updated School Guidance

Yesterday, Governor Walz announced new school guidance for middle and high schoolers. As hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases decline and Minnesota makes progress vaccinating educators, the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan will allow more middle and high school students to return to the classroom beginning on February 22. The governor expects all schools to offer their students some form of in-person learning by March 8. 


Pharmacy Board Legislation

A bill I’ve co-sponsored to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board received its first committee hearing of the year. With power to rein in certain high-cost drugs, this board model is being championed as one of the state’s best tools to address the growing challenge of skyrocketing prescription drug prices. Read more in the StarTribune’s coverage of the new measure here.

Electric Cars

Today, the House Energy and Climate and Transportation Committees discussed the benefits of expanding electrification in Minnesota’s transportation system. Transportation is now the biggest source of climate pollution in Minnesota, and it’s also our greatest opportunity to make a change. Clean cars are predicted to reduce our annual climate emissions by 2 million tons by 2030. More information, including documents from both hearings, are available on the Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee’s webpage and the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee’s webpage.  


Virtual Community Coffee Reminder

Before you set out to enjoy our above zero temps this weekend, I hope you'll join Senator Clausen and me for a virtual community coffee hour on Zoom this Saturday! Our online gatherings are casual and open to all of our neighbors; everyone is welcome.


Here’s how you can join us:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 980 3016 0572

Passcode: 884090

Keep in Touch

Please continue reaching out anytime with questions, feedback, or ideas at or 651-296-5506.

Thank you for the honor of serving our Apple Valley and Lakeville families in the Minnesota House of Representatives.


Robert Bierman

State Representative

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