Statewide tool connects Minnesotans to vaccine network

Rachel Mills
Updated: February 18, 2021 07:00 PM
Created: February 18, 2021 07:51 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) launched its new vaccine connector tool. MDH said over 50,000 people had already signed up by 10 a.m. Thursday. The goal of the connector is to make vaccination sign-up easier for all Minnesotans. 

"The lieutenant governor and the governor have said that the goal is for every Minnesotan in every community across the state to feel connected to this vaccine network, to know that you're on the radar screen and to know how to get a vaccine safety and confidently as supplies increase," Jan Malcolm, MDH commissioner, said. 

MDH said they are urging everyone to sign up -- even if you aren't currently in the groups eligible for the vaccine. Then, as soon as you are eligible, you'll be connected to available vaccine opportunities. 

"There is no cost to this and there is no restricted time period for signing up. The connector is now open and it will remain open 24/7," Malcolm said. 

You can sign up for the connector online or over the phone. The phone number is 833-431-2053

When signing up online, you'll be asked to provide demographic information. You don't have to, but MDH encourages everyone to provide as much information as possible to determine eligibility and ensure equitable distribution. 

"This will also be a really important way to improve the ability of focused communities who we know have been disproportionately hit by COVID-19. This will help us improve our ability to make sure that those disproportionately effected communities, including communities of color and American Indians are able to access the vaccine," Malcolm said.

If you have already signed up for the state's lottery system or the community pharmacy program, you do not have to sign up through the connector. If you have not yet signed up, this tool will be a way for you to do so.


Original Story-- 

(ABC 6 News) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is encouraging people to sign up for the state's new tool that helps people find out how, where, and when they can get COVID-19 vaccines. 

The new tool, announced in a press release Thursday morning, is called the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. Minnesotans can sign up here, regardless of their current eligibility to get the shot. Those that need help signing up can call 833-431-2053.

People will be asked to provide basic information including contact information and employment information. Then, they'll get an alert when the become eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. They will also get information about how they can schedule an appointment. 

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