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COVID-19 VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE NOW
Together, for more than a year, we’ve been navigating the difficult realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and doing our part to take care of each other.
Three safe and effective vaccines are available to Minnesotans. Each day, more and more people in Hennepin County are taking their turn to get vaccinated.
These vaccines offer us new tools in the fight against COVID-19, but while they are rolling out to everyone, we must keep practicing all prevention measures – masking up, getting tested, staying home when sick and keeping social distance.
Continue to stay safe and take care of our families, friends, and communities. And when it’s your turn, don’t miss the vaccine.
INFORMATION ON COVID-19 PROTECTION
Take precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.
These prevention steps practiced together decrease the risk of infecting yourself and others even as vaccines are distributed to more people:
WEAR A MASK WHENEVER YOU’RE WITH PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
STAY SIX FEET APART FROM OTHERS AT GATHERINGS AND PUBLIC SPACES
COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES
WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY AND THOROUGHLY
Get tested if you have symptoms or think you have been exposed
Stay at home if you are sick or waiting on test results
WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN, GET VACCINATED
COVID-19 does not discriminate. It is a novel (new) virus that spreads easily. So we are all at risk of infection because we, as human beings, want to be connected to our family and friends.
Some of us are at greater risk from COVID, such as elders, those with existing health problems, and communities impacted by longstanding systemic inequities that lead to health disparities.
Face coverings, commonly known as masks, can help stop our germs from infecting others. Research shows that wearing a mask reduces the risk of spreading the virus, especially when combined with other prevention steps like hand washing and staying six feet away from people outside your household.
For more information on mask wearing, its effectiveness and the state’s current guidance, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Do you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or do you have symptoms? If so, you should get tested and stay home. Read on to learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and testing.
Not everyone with COVID-19 displays all symptoms. In fact, some people may not display any symptoms (asymptomatic). Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste
- Loss of smell
Less common gastrointestinal symptoms:
Testing is a critical tool in detecting and preventing infection for yourself and others, and barrier-free COVID-19 testing is widely available in Hennepin County.
If you have symptoms, get tested right away.
Find free testing options by visiting the following website:
If you were exposed to COVID-19 through close contact or test positive for COVID-19, it’s vital you stay home, separated from others in order to prevent spreading the virus to others.
If were exposed to COVID-19 through close contact:
The safest option is to stay home (quarantine) for 14 days after you were exposed.
If you tested positive for COVID-19:
Isolate at home for 10 days after your symptoms started, or if you had no symptoms, 10 days after your COVID-19 test. Make sure that you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours before ending isolation.
In specific instances, it may be possible to end quarantine or isolation sooner.
The following quarantine and isolation calculator can help you determine how long to stay home:
If you have been vaccinated: If you have completed a full COVID-19 vaccination series and were exposed, you do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:
- The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after your vaccination series was fully completed.
- The COVID-19 exposure was within 90 days of your final dose of the vaccination series.
- You do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available, and both supply and eligibility are expanding quickly to reach everyone. Read on to learn about the vaccine and how to get it.
COVID-19 vaccines are:
Each approved COVID-19 vaccine was developed under the same strict medical standards required of all vaccines, which included rigorous research trials on people.
The CDC and FDA have thoroughly reviewed the development and testing information to ensure the data is accurate and vaccines meet strict safety standards.
Experts continue to track the vaccines’ safety information to make sure they are working as expected.
All approved COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce the likelihood that
you’ll become ill or be hospitalized.
They contain material that teaches our immune system to recognize the COVID-19 virus and destroy it before it can infect you.
Both one-and two-dose vaccines are approved in the US.
Vaccination is free. You’ll pay nothing to get vaccinated, whether you
have insurance or not.
You will not be asked about your immigration status and your information is kept private.
Minnesotans age 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine.
Hennepin County is offering first and second dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments for all who register. The county is also offering the Pfizer booster shot to people who are eligible. See if you’re eligible for a booster on the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Walk-ins are also accepted as supply allows. You do not need to be a Hennepin County resident:
For questions or for help registering, call 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
Hennepin County Public Health Clinic
The Hennepin County Public Health Clinic is offering first and second dose COVID-19 vaccines to people 12 and older during normal clinic hours. The clinic has the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Call 612-543-5555 to schedule an appointment or for more information. Walk-ins are accepted as supply allows.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clinic address: Fourth floor, Health Services Building; 525 Portland Ave; Minneapolis, MN 55415
Getting to the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic:
- The Blue and Green light rail lines stop at U.S. Bank Stadium Station, just a short walk (0.3 miles) from the clinic. Many downtown buses also stop near the clinic.
- The clinic will give you a voucher good for discounted parking in Hennepin Healthcare’s parking lot at 6th Street and Park Avenue
- There is also paid parking in nearby lots or at meters along the street.
Other vaccine options
- Find and connect with local vaccine providers using the Vaccine Locator.
- Check local availability for the COVID-19 vaccine through Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector.
- Or contact your primary care provider.
The best COVID-19 vaccine, is the first one you can get.
Starting July 1, and until supplies last, Hennepin County is offering COVID-19 vaccine incentives to increase vaccine uptake in the community and reduce disparities. Hennepin County is offering vaccine incentives to individuals and to community organizations who help promote COVID-19 vaccination.
Instant vaccine incentives for individuals
Hennepin County is offering a $50 Visa gift card to:
- everyone 18 and older who gets a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any Hennepin County vaccine event
- parents/guardians of youth 12+ who get a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any Hennepin County vaccine event
- unaccompanied youth able to consent who get a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any Hennepin County vaccine event
People who receive both doses will get two $50 Visa gift cards. These are county sponsored vaccine events, so there is no charge for the vaccine and you do not need to be a Hennepin County resident to participate. Limited walks-in accepted; pre-registration preferred.
For a list of upcoming vaccine events that are open to the public and to register, go to hennepin.us/vaccineregistration.
For questions, call the COVID-19 navigator line at 612-348-8900, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, you can leave a voicemail. Help is available is English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.
Vaccine incentives for community organizations
Hennepin County is also offering community organizations up to $3,000 in grants to use toward vaccine incentives. Examples of incentives that community organizations may offer include food, entertainment, vaccine education events, gift cards, and thank you packs. Community organizations who have already received $3,000 in stipends can apply for a second stipend of up to $2,000 for additional vaccine incentives ($5,000 total per calendar year).
Community organizations can apply for a vaccine incentives grant at hennepin.us/community-vaccination
Hennepin County Resources
Immediate COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available. You do not need to be a Hennepin County resident.
Vaccine Navigator Line
For questions or for help registering for a vaccine, call 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, and Somali.
Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector
Check vaccine availability by signing up with the state’s Vaccine Connector.
Find your nearest testing location to schedule an appointment or get your test results..
Get help remaining in isolation
If you’re a Hennepin County resident who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 and need help remaining in isolation email firstname.lastname@example.org