Latest COVID Vaccine Updates in Minnesota
May 17, 2021: 51.0% of Minnesota residents have received their first vaccine dose. 41.6% of residents have completed vaccination.
May 14, 2021: Target, Home Depot, CVS and Harris Teeter are among the chains that will continue to require masks in store, though they are reviewing new CDC guidance and reevaluating store policies.
May 14, 2021: Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, says fully vaccinated employees and customers will not need to wear a mask inside stores beginning on Tuesday, based on the latest guidance from the CDC.
May 13, 2021: CDC: If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance.
May 10, 2021: The FDA has authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in adolescents 12 and older. This announcement came after Pfizer’s recent trial of the vaccine in adolescents which demonstrated that the vaccine is at least as effective as it is in adults.
May 5, 2021: Walgreens will offer same-day COVID vaccination appointments in all retail locations nationwide beginning Wednesday, with walk-in appointments available at select stores as well. Since vaccinations began in December, Walgreens says it has administered more than 15 million vaccine doses. (nbc)
May 4, 2021: The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for administration to adolescents by early next week, according to a federal health official with knowledge of the agency's plans. The move would allow many American middle- and high-school students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 well before the start of the next school year, using a shot Pfizer claims demonstrated "100% efficacy" in children as young as 12 years old with side effects similar to those that have occurred in young adults. (CBS News)
May 3, 2021: The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID tops 100 million. This means 39% of the nation's adult population has been fully vaccinated. (abc)
May 3, 2021: The U.S. announced it will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday, citing the devastating rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and the emergence of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus. While the overall number of lives lost to COVID-19 in the U.S. has eclipsed 575,000, deaths have plummeted to an average of about 670 per day from a peak of around 3,400 in mid-January. (abc)
April 29, 2021: People with a history or risk of lymphedema in both arms, who have (or had) breast cancer, and people who need a mammogram within six weeks of their Covid-19 vaccine should consider seeking a vaccine site that will administer the vaccine in their thigh. “I just advise patients to call ahead, let the vaccine clinic know or the pharmacy know that they’re asking for the vaccine in the thigh,” said Cheryl Brunelle, the associate director of the Lymphedema Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “I also counsel patients that if a local facility or practitioner giving the vaccine is not familiar with the thigh as an approved alternate site, the patient can share the C.D.C. Standing Orders document that lists the thigh as an alternative site for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.”
April 28, 2021: The United States is reporting an average of 2.7 million daily COVID-19 vaccinations over the past week, according to data from the CDC, about equivalent to levels one month ago. Daily reported vaccinations peaked at 3.4 million on April 13. More than 40% of Americans have received at least one shot, and that figure is roughly 54% for those age 18 and older. Half of the adults are at least partially vaccinated in a majority of states. (CNBC)
April 27, 2021: The rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. continued to slide in recent days, according to CDC data, as the seven-day average of daily shots reported administered fell to 2.7 million on Monday, the lowest level since late March.
April 26, 2021: Minnesota has passed the milestone of 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to state residents. But the pace of vaccinations has been lagging in Minnesota — averaging about 50,000 a day over the past week. That’s down from more than 60,000 a day at its peak earlier this month.
April 26, 2021: As of Sunday, April 25, Virginia has had 654,210 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That total reflects a 884 case increase since Saturday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 6.1% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 5.5% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests. 16 additional deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the death toll at 10,691.
April 23, 2021: A single dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 65% in adults of all ages, British researchers have found.
April 23, 2021: A CDC advisory committee called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is set to meet on Friday to continue its discussion of the rare blood clots seen in a small number of patients who have received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
April 23, 2021: CDC: Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration should be resumed immediately with a warning about potential rare blood clots
April 22, 2021: Roughly half of Lyon County residents age 16 and older have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, data from the Minnesota Department of Health said.
April 22, 2021: More than 86 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated with more than 200 million shots administered, but experts fear that enthusiasm for getting the vaccine could be falling and many Americans may be too eager to take off their masks.
April 21, 2021: 31.2% of Louisiana residents have received their first vaccine dose. 24.1% of residents have completed vaccination.
April 21, 2021: One of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy boosts evidence that it is safe although the authors say more comprehensive research is needed.The study consisted of 35,000 U.S. women who received either the Moderna or Pfizer shots while pregnant. Their rates of miscarriage, premature births and other complications were comparable to those observed in published reports on pregnant women before the pandemic.
April 19, 2021: According to data compiled by Denver Public Health, Latinos comprise only 13 percent of city residents who have gotten an initial shot, compared to 72 percent of white residents (the race and/or ethnicity of at least 12 percent of people who got their first vaccine is unknown). Meanwhile, Latinos make up 48 percent of COVID-19 cases in the city and 30 percent of the city’s overall population.
April 19, 2021: Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, which currently requires two doses and is said to be over 90 percent effective against the virus, will likely include a third shot made available later this year.
April 18, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that half of all US adults have received at least one COVID shot. Nearly 130 million people 18 and older, or 50.4% of the total adult population, have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. (CDC)
April 16, 2021: Pfizer CEO announced that recipients of their vaccine will likely need a booster shot within 12 months. He stated that "I think for planning purposes only, we should expect that we may have to boost.” A booster shot may be an important safeguard against new variants of the COVID-19 virus. (nbc)
April 15, 2021: Dr. Fauci says this is a pause and not a cancellation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. It will likely last days to weeks to determine next steps. "I doubt very seriously if we're talking about weeks to months," he told CNN on Wednesday.
April 13, 2021: CDC and FDA recommend US pause use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns; six reported US cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot caused the initial concern.
April 9, 2021: Just short of 20 percent of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated, giving some 66 million people a strong measure of protection against a disease that has already killed more than 500,000 Americans. (Washington Post)
April 6, 2021: Vaccination eligibility is opening up throughout the country. However, there are more people eligible for a vaccine right now than there are doses. Securing an appointment continues to be a long, difficult process for many. Here are 10 tips for getting a vaccine sooner →
April 6, 2021: President Joe Biden is expected to announce that states should open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all U.S. adults by April 19, moving up his original deadline by nearly two weeks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Tuesday.
April 4, 2021: A real world study in Minnesota testing vaccine efficacy for asymptomatic cases in first responders and essential healthcare workers shows that of 448 total participants who were fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated and unvaccinated, only 12 people (2.7%) were infected with COVID-19.
April 3, 2021: Pfizer/BioNTech have announced their COVID-19 vaccine affords at least 6 months of protection following the second dose. The vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 in an analysis of 927 symptomatic people through March 13, as indicated by real-world data compiled since the vaccine was given emergency use authorization. This compares to 95% efficacy reported in the interim results that were announced on Nov. 18, 2020.
April 3, 2021: More than 100 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. The news comes just two weeks after President Joe Biden announced he reached his 100-day goal of administering 100 million doses and expanded his goal to 200 million. As of Thursday, 157.6 million doses have been administered, according to CDC data. More than 200 million doses have been delivered to states and vaccine providers.
April 3, 2021: The Biden administration on Saturday put Johnson & Johnson in charge of a Baltimore manufacturing plant that ruined 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, and stopped the facility from making another vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.
April 3, 2021: More than 4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours, setting a new record and bringing the seven-day average over 3 million a day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday.
April 2, 2021: Fauci said the United States has enough contracts with other vaccine makers to vaccinate its entire population, and may not need AstraZeneca Covid vaccine even for booster shots in the fall
April 2, 2021: A recent study of 131 women recently conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows the COVID vaccines are not only safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women, they may also offer some protection for their babies.
March 31, 2021: Gov. Tim Walz and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday both got their COVID-19 vaccines together, a bipartisan effort to build public trust as vaccine eligibility expands to any Minnesota adult.
March 31, 2021: Governor Tim Walz says Minnesota has more than 1 million people fully vaccinated after a record-setting weekend of immunizations. Health officials said more than 70,000 vaccines were administered on Saturday and Sunday, the two highest days on record. Those numbers helped bring the seven-day average for doses administered to more than 44,000 per day, an all-time high in the state.
March 31, 2021: COVID-19 positivity rate increases to 5.2%, an increase from a low of 3.5% on March 3, reflecting a monthlong increase in infections despite the state's vaccination progress.
March 31, 2021: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and 100% effective in preventing the illness in ages 12 to 15 and plans to request emergency use authorization extending vaccine administration to the adolescent age group.
March 31, 2021: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC: "Vaccinated people do not carry the virus — they don’t get sick.” Walensky was referring to a new CDC study that suggests those fully inoculated with the vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer don’t transmit the virus.
March 30, 2021: Ninety percent of Americans will be eligible for their shots by April 19, President Joe Biden said yesterday as he expanded the number of vaccine sites. More than a dozen states are opening vaccines to all adults this week.
March 25, 2021: Pregnant mothers pass COVID antibodies to their newborns. A large study at Massachusetts General Hospital has determined that mothers pass COVID immunity to their children through the placenta and breastmilk. [harvard.edu]
March 11, 2021: As of March 13, CVS has added 12 more states to its list of pharmacies offering vaccinations. The new states are: Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont. After previously expanding to New York and Pennsylvania.
March 1, 2021: The FDA has authorized use of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine.
February 25, 2021: Pfizer expects to triple its vaccine production by mid-March. An FDA advisory board will meet to determine whether to grant Johnson & Johnson an EAU.
Where can I get a COVID vaccine in Minnesota?
The COVID vaccine is currently available to eligible individuals in Minnesota from most retail pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare centers, urgent care clinics, doctors offices and community vaccination hubs. Appointments are required at most locations.
Who is eligible to get the COVID vaccine in Minnesota?
As of May 10, 2021, everyone 12 years of age and older in Minnesota and throughout the country are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. This nationwide eligibility effectively supersedes any prior phased eligibility plan within Minnesota. However, individual states and metro areas may take longer than others to support vaccination of the 12-15 year old population.
While all Minnesota adults and teenagers are eligible for the vaccine and the many Americans are fully vaccinated, the White House and CDC have urged Americans to continue to take precautions as new variants spread.
When can my child get the shot in Minnesota?
Clinical trials are currently underway to determine whether the vaccines are safe and effective for use for younger children 11 years old and younger. While it is possible that a vaccine will be approved for use in these age groups before the start of school in August 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently stated during a White House COVID-19 response briefing that there could be "enough information to be able to safely vaccinate children of virtually any age" by the end of the year, citing recent data from Pfizer on the safety and efficacy of its vaccine in adolescents. While these age groups remain unvaccinated, social distancing and masking policies will keep your child safe from infection. We will update this page as the situation develops.
Where can I get a COVID vaccine in Minnesota?
If you are currently eligible to receive a COVID vaccine, use your zip code to find nearby locations with appointment availability.
Other resources to find vaccine appointments in Minnesota:
Visit your local county website
Most county websites in Minnesota let you sign up for updates about vaccine availability. These are great resources to find the latest information on all the community-based vaccine sites in your county.
Talk to your healthcare provider
Call your doctor or check their website to see what vaccine information they have available. Many health systems and providers have different rollout schedules based on how many doses they have on hand.
Call your local pharmacy or visit their website
Certain national pharmacies and retailers are scheduling appointments online, but you must meet eligibility requirements set by the state. Retail pharmacies such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS, as well as stores like Walmart and Sam's Club have limited supply and are taking appointments. Visit their respective websites for details.
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COVID Testing is still important
If you have symptoms of COVID, you should still get tested. This is true even if you’ve been vaccinated, since the vaccines don’t offer 100% protection. Testing remains an essential part of getting back to normal.Find a Test near you
Key facts about COVID-19 vaccines
Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are safe to get and highly effective at preventing you from getting COVID-19. Even if you do get COVID-19, the vaccine prevents you from getting seriously ill. The more people that get vaccinated, the faster we can get back to normal life.
Rigorous clinical trials must show that vaccines are safe and effective before they’re authorized for public use. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.
All approved vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know so far, experts believe that all the approved vaccines will nearly 100% prevent serious illness and death. They may also help protect family, friends, and those around you.
COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all Americans under the CARES act. The US government has already ordered and paid for hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses using US tax dollars to ensure that everyone who wants one can get one.
Top vaccine myths
When deciding to get vaccinated, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.
The vaccines will not make you sick with COVID-19.
The vaccines do not have a microchip that will track you.
The mRNA COVID vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) will not alter your DNA.
If you already had COVID-19, that does not mean you don’t need the vaccine.
What to expect on vaccination day
Because COVID-19 vaccines are new, you may have questions about what happens before, during and after your vaccine appointment. Here are some things you can do to prepare.
Before your vaccination:
- Wear loose-fitting or sleeveless clothing so healthcare workers can easily access your upper arm.
- Be sure you’re hydrated and limit your intake of alcohol the night before your appointment.
- It is not recommended to take over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to try and prevent vaccine-related side effects.
- Do not schedule other vaccine appointments for at least 14 days before or after.
- Bring proof of your eligibility to make sure you don’t get turned away when you arrive.
During your vaccination:
- You AND your healthcare worker should wear a mask. Follow the CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others while in public.
- You’ll receive a vaccination card telling you which COVID vaccine you received and when. Bring the card to your second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna) and keep it in a safe place for the future.
- You’ll be monitored on-site for a short period of time after receiving your vaccine to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction (which is very rare).
- If you receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna,) you’ll need to schedule a second shot to make sure you get the most protection.
After your vaccination:
- You may want to clear your schedule after your vaccination in case you experience side effects. Side effects are usually mild, but may affect your ability to work or go about your day as usual.
- It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. Vaccines that require 2 shots (like Pfizer or Moderna) may not protect you until about 2 weeks after your second shot. Vaccines that require 1 shot (like Johnson & Johnson) take about 2 weeks to build protection as well.
- Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines, for any pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated. You can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally.
Possible side effects
Vaccine side effects are normal, healthy signs that your body is building protection. Side effects are typically mild and go away in a few days. If you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.
Side effects on your arm
- Redness, rash
Tips to reduce arm discomfort
- Apply cool, wet washcloth to the area
- Use or exercise your affected arm
Side effects in your body
- Headache, fever
- Muscle aches
Tips to reduce fever discomfort
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Dress lightly
Life after vaccination
Congratulations! 2 weeks after your final vaccine dose, you’re considered fully vaccinated. That means you can start doing certain things you stopped during the pandemic. You should still take precautions in public, though, until scientists know more about how well vaccines prevent transmission to others.
Read more: Fully vaccinated? Here’s what you can start doing again safely" (the full article title is linked)
What can I now do safely?
- You can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks.
- You can see unvaccinated people indoors, too, as long as they’re from one other household. (For example, visiting a child/grandchild and their family, or a group of friends who live together.)
- If you’ve been around someone who has had COVID-19, you don’t need to stay away from others or get tested unless you start experiencing symptoms.
- If you live in a group home or facility and are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should still quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID test, even if you don’t have symptoms.
What safety measures should I continue taking?
- You should still take the same precautions you’re used to (wearing a mask, staying 6 ft apart, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces) to protect yourself and others while in public, or when you gather with unvaccinated people from more than one household.
- You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do choose to travel, you still need to follow the CDC recommendations, as well as the local requirements of the place you’re visiting.
- You should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, especially if you’ve been around someone that’s feeling sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get a COVID test and stay away from others.
- You should still continue to follow any guidelines set by your workplace and local businesses.
What scientists are still learning
Vaccines are safe and effective, but there are still questions scientists are working to understand. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
- How effective vaccines are against new variants of the virus.
- How well vaccines keep people from spreading COVID to others.
- How long vaccines will protect people from COVID.
Recognized health organization resources
For detailed, up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccines visit these official health organization resources:
CDC for the latest on COVID Vaccines from the US government.
WHO for the latest on vaccines from the world health organization
NIH for the latest information on vaccine trials and research
The information on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. For the latest information on the vaccines, please refer to the CDC at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html. In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the CDC website, please follow the CDC guidance.
Resources to help you navigate the COVID vaccine
UPDATE: On May 14, 2021, the CDC updated mask guidelines. If you are fully vaccinated, you can result normal activities - both indoor and outdoor - without wearing a mask or social distancing, except where required by local regulations, including business and workplace guidance. Vaccines are here
Vaccination eligibility is opening up throughout the country! The FDA just approved use of the Pfizer vaccine in children over the age of 12. However, there are more people eligible for a vaccine right now than there are doses. Securing an appointment continues to be a long, difficult process for ma
Statistics updated as of 5/17/2021. UPDATE: President Joe Biden announced Tuesday, April 6 that states should open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all U.S. adults by April 19, moving up his original deadline by nearly two weeks. While the deadline is voluntary, it does apply public pressure to sta