SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Health announced a new community COVID-19 vaccine program on Monday that partners with local public health and school districts at nine locations across the state. The pilot sites will initially serve adults aged 65 and older, Pre-K through Grade 12 teachers and school staff, and staff working at licensed and certified child care programs. According to the announcement, a "small number of doses" will be available at each site for eligible Minnesotans, and appointments can be made by phone or online only for Minnesotans 65+. The website and phone number are expected to be made available today at noon, and appointments are set to begin on Thursday. School districts will select pilot program participants, and child care providers will be randomly selected and notified to secure an appointment.
Rep. Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake, Republican Lead on the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement:
“These pilot sites are critical to delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable Minnesotans, teachers, and child care providers as quickly as possible. I encourage all Minnesotans who wish to get the vaccine and who are eligible for this pilot site program to sign up for an appointment. I also urge patience as supply is limited but vaccinating our teachers and the most vulnerable is an important step towards quickly reopening our economy and schools.”