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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

  • Prevent
  • Detect
  • Vaccinate

Take precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.

  • EFFECTIVE PREVENTION STEPS

    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

  • Who is at risk?

    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.

    The Hennepin County COVID-19 data dashboard provides updated local data for various demographic groups. To learn more about the root causes of health disparities, visit the CDC website. For translated materials, visit the Minnesota Department of Health.

  • Wearing a Mask

    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.

  • Symptoms

    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.

    Common symptoms:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • Fatigue
    • Congestion
    • Loss of taste
    • Loss of smell

    Less common gastrointestinal symptoms:

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    If you or someone you care for experiences these symptoms or you have been exposed to COVID-19, see the guidance and resources below on how to get tested and stay home.

  • GET TESTED

    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:

    Minnesota Department of Health community testing page

  • STAY HOME

    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:

    Quarantine/isolation Calculator

    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.

  • Vaccine Facts

    COVID-19 vaccines are:

    SAFE
    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.

    EFFECTIVE
    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.

    Full safety and efficacy data for vaccines can be found at the CDC website.

    EASY
    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.

  • When and where can I get a vaccine?

    Minnesotans age 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine.

    Hennepin County vaccine events

    Hennepin County semi-permanent vaccine clinics

    Hennepin County is offering immediate COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for all who register. Walk-ins are also accepted as supply allows. You do not need to be a Hennepin County resident:

    Hennepin County COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

    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.

    Clinic hours

    • 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

    The best COVID-19 vaccine, is the first one you can get.

     

  • COVID-19 vaccine incentives

    Starting July 1, 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

    Between July 1 and August 15 (or as long as supplies last), 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. Organizations must use their vaccine incentive funds by September 30, 2021.

    Community organizations can apply for a vaccine incentives grant at hennepin.us/community-vaccination

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