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Legislative Update: January 19, 2021

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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Rep. Edelson

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you all had a great weekend of service to celebrate one of this nation's greatest civil rights voices on Martin Luther King day. The celebration of joy and progress is just as essential as the work that we must continue to do for racial justice in our communities. 


COVID-19 Vaccine Update: January 19, 2021

Minnesotans eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to sign up for appointments at one of the state’s nine community vaccination pilot clinics through a new website and call center launched today by the State of Minnesota. The clinics will initially serve adults age 65 and older, as well as pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators, staff, and child care workers.

The state continues to vaccinate the health care workers and assisted-living residents and staff in phase 1a and is on track to having provided at least one shot to all 500,000 Minnesotans in that group before the end of the month.

Minnesotans Age 65 and Older

Minnesotans age 65 and older can make appointments by visiting or by calling 612-426-7230 or toll free, 1-833-431-2053. Minnesotans should attempt to make an appointment online before dialing the call center. Minnesotans who cannot immediately make an appointment may be able to sign up for a waitlist.

Available appointments will refresh every Tuesday at noon. Minnesotans will have the opportunity to schedule appointments for both their first and second doses of vaccine.

Educators, School Staff, and Child Care Workers

Educators and child care providers, with few exceptions, will work directly with their employer to receive instructions on how to secure a vaccination appointment and should not try to schedule an appointment unless their employer has contacted them with information about their appointment.

Due to the very limited supply of vaccine, appointments are not open to all workers in these sectors in the pilot program. The limited vaccine doses have been allocated to regions associated with schools and based on a percentage of the workforce in child care and education. School districts, charter schools, tribal schools, and nonpublic school associations will select who participates in the pilot.

Child care programs will be randomly selected and notified to secure an appointment through the state-sponsored pilot sites.


More information on scheduling can be found at Find My Vaccine.

More information is available at COVID-19 Vaccinations.

Community Highlight

One of Edina's influential voices, Andy Slavitt is expected to join President-Elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 response team in a senior role. Celebrating our community members' success and service during these crisis is a source of hope for the future, and we will continue to raise leaders that will make us proud. 


Andy Slavitt, photographed inside his home.

"Notably, prior to being named acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Slavitt had been brought on to help the Obama administration fix the botched rollout of its website."

Read more about the news here.

Keep in Touch

Please continue to contact me anytime at or 651-296-4363 with your input or questions. You’re welcome also to follow me or ‘like’ my official Facebook page for additional updates.

Thank you for the honor of representing our Edina residents and families in the Minnesota House!


Heather Edelson

State Representative