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When the second dose is needed: Second-dose appointments are scheduled with first appointments. Second Pfizer-BioNTech dose needed 21 days after the first. Second Moderna dose needed 28 days after the first. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-dose vaccine.
Vaccine priority groups in Minnesota:
Phase 1a — Still vaccinating some people (all health care workers, long-term care facilities, those who are EMS-certified, paid and unpaid caregivers to people with complex medical needs).
Tier 1 — Age 65 and older, child care workers, pre-K-12 school staff; this tier has been largely vaccinated.
Tier 2 — Eligible second week of March. Tier 2 vaccinations expected to take two weeks. Underlying health conditions (sickle cell disease, Down syndrome, those in cancer treatment or immunocompromised from organ transplant, oxygen-dependent chronic lung and heart conditions); food processing plant workers; people with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk of severe illness.
Tier 3 — Eligible second week in March; state has asked vaccine providers to prioritize Tier 2. Age 45 and older with at least one underlying medical condition (active cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity, pregnancy, more people in an immunocompromised state); age 16 and older with at least two underlying medical conditions; age 50 and older in a multi-generational household; other essential frontline workers (agricultural, airport staff, child care workers not previously eligible, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail, food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, public health workers, public transit, U.S. Postal Service workers).
Vaccine priority groups in Wisconsin:
Phase 1a — Still vaccinating people. Frontline health care workers; long-term care facility residents; age 65 and older; and fire, police and correctional staff are eligible.
Phase 1b — Began March 1. Priority groups, in order: education and child care staff; individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs; some public-facing essential workers; non-frontline essential health care personnel; and facility staff and residents in congregate living settings. Educators and child care providers should receive vaccine in March and early April. Remaining groups will be vaccinated in April and May.
Who’s administering in Minnesota and Wisconsin: Local public health, hospitals, the state, tribal government and pharmacies.
Minnesota launched the Vaccine Connector on Feb. 18. All Minnesota residents, regardless of current eligibility, can sign up by calling 833-431-2053 or visiting mn.gov/vaccineconnector. This list will be used to select Minnesotans for vaccine appointments from now on. Anyone already on a state waitlist does not need to register again.
St. Louis County
St. Luke’s in Duluth: All eligible patients. Existing patients should use myCare portal at slhduluth.com/mycare. A button will be available to schedule a vaccine as supplies allow. Hospital will call patients with high-risk conditions to schedule. Using Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. St. Luke's has appointments available Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11, for patients who became eligible this week. For status updates visit slhduluth.com/COVIDVaccine or call 218-249-4400.
- St. Luke's has many available vaccine appointments this week, which means people do not need to be a St. Luke's patient to schedule an appointment. Open to people over age 64; pre-K-12 staff; child care staff (do not need to be licensed); all health care workers, including caregivers of people with complex medical needs. If you aren't a patient of St. Luke's, email name, birth date and phone number to email@example.com and a St. Luke's staff member will call you, or call 218-249-4440 and press Option 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Using Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine clinic at St. Luke’s hospital, Duluth. By appointment only.
Essentia Health in Duluth, Virginia, Ely and Aurora: All eligible groups. Administering to patients and general public. Call 833-494-0836 to make appointment at Minnesota Essentia locations. Patients can also make an appointment through their myChart portal at essentiamyhealth.org. Patients chosen randomly. Patients are called if they don’t have myChart. Using Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Essentia mobile vaccine clinic — Organizations in Phase 1a that need assistance administering vaccines can request at essentiahealth.org/covid-19/covid-19-community-response-team.
Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing: Remaining people in Phase 1a and age 65 and older. To schedule an appointment, visit mhealthfairview.org/covid19/covid19-vaccine.
Thrifty White in Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes and Virginia: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine. If no appointments are available people can join waitlist to be notified when they open. If the location is not listed, there are no openings.
Walmart in Hermantown, Hibbing and Mountain Iron: 65 and older, pre-K-12 school staff, child care providers. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.
Sam's Club in Hermantown: Eligible groups. Do not need to be a Sam's Club member. Schedule an appointment at samsclub.com/pharmacy/immunization?imzType=covid.
Casey Drug in Chisholm: Age 65 and older, health care workers, people age 50-64 with certain underlying conditions. Offers Johnson & Johnson and Moderna. Schedule an appointment at caseydrugpharmacy.com.
Cub Pharmacy in Duluth: Age 65 and older and health care workers. Call 651-779-2030 to make an appointment.
St. Louis County Public Health
Vaccine line: St. Louis County residents age 65 and older and caregivers of people with complex medical needs who don't have a medical provider can call the county's vaccine phone line, 218-726-2623. Staffed 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Messages returned during business hours.
Community vaccine sites: One site in Ely, Duluth, Hermantown, Hibbing and Eveleth. Eligible residents will receive a link to register from county or employer.
Mobile vaccine clinics: Local public health is vaccinating employee groups at workplaces and visiting emergency shelters.
State of Minnesota
Duluth: Community vaccination site at Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is open. Minnesotans age 65 and older are randomly selected.
Carlton County Public Health
Vaccine hotline: Call 218-499-6312 for eligibility updates. County is not taking a list of names.
Vaccine distribution: Local public health is working with employers to vaccinate those in current priority groups. Appointment openings March 9-12. Those eligible include Carlton County residents age 65 and older and unpaid caregivers who provide primary care for people with complex medical needs or are interpreters for people who are deaf and blind. Call 219-499-6310, if eligible, to schedule appointment.
Community Memorial Hospital: Those age 65 and older who receive primary care at CMH can register at cloquethospital.com/covid-vaccine. CMH will contact eligible patients who complete the form when vaccine is available.
Essentia Health-Moose Lake: All eligible groups. Administering to patients and general public. Call 833-494-0836 to make appointment at Minnesota Essentia locations. Patients can also make an appointment through their myChart portal at essentiamyhealth.org. Patients chosen randomly. Patients are called if they don’t have myChart. Using Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Gateway Family Health Clinic in Moose Lake: Patients age 65 and older. Call the vaccine line at 218-485-2014 or register at gatewayclinic.com/covid-vaccine-request.
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Vaccine clinics: Open to age 18 and older who are Fond du Lac Band enrollees, Fond du Lac Band employees and first- or second-generation descendants of those who are band enrollees. Vaccines also open to those 18 and older who live in the band's service area and are either a member of another federally recognized tribe, a first- or second-generation descendent of someone who is or a non-Indigenous household member of anyone eligible. Call 218-878-3791 or 218-878-3732 to make appointment. No walk-ins. Tribal nations can deviate from federal and state vaccine guidelines.
Thrifty White in Cloquet and Moose Lake: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine. If no appointments are available people can join waitlist to be notified when they open. If the location is not listed, there are no openings.
Walmart in Cloquet: 65 and older, pre-K-12 school staff, child care providers. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.
Essentia Health-Deer River: Vaccinating all groups through Phase 1b tier two. Patients can also make an appointment through their myChart portal at essentiamyhealth.org or call 218-786-1750. Will likely expand eligibility to 1b tier three next week.
Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital: Vaccinating all groups through Phase 1b tier two. To make an appointment, log in to mychart.fairview.org/MyChart or call 218-326-7344. Appointments are being scheduled one week at a time, with the schedule for the week opening up on Mondays at 9:00 AM. This is when the availability is best, but appointments may be available throughout the week.
Scenic Rivers Health Services in Bigfork: To make an appointment call 218-361-3274.
Itasca County Public Health
COVID message line: 218-327-6784. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information about vaccination options and current local data, go to co.itasca.mn.us/798/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information.
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Cass Lake Indian Health Services: Includes all IHS-eligible patients age 18 and older, with elders given priority. Call 218-368-4763 to reserve an appointment. Tribal nations can deviate from state and federal vaccine guidelines.
Thrifty White in Grand Rapids: All eligible groups. Appointments can be made at thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine. If the location is not listed, there are no openings.
Walmart in Grand Rapids: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.
Lake County Public Health and Lake View Hospital & Medical Clinics: Pop-up clinics for Lake County are offered when enough vaccine doses are received. Eligible residents should call the vaccine hotline, 218-834-8434, to hear recorded messages about scheduled pop-up clinics and how to make an appointment. The message is updated each weekday morning. Clinics scheduled on short notice. When making an appointment, provide name, mailing address, email, phone number, date of birth and mother’s maiden name.
Cook County Public Health
Vaccine clinic: Age 65 and older as well as Sawtooth Mountain Clinic patients age 60 and older who have underlying health conditions or social stressor such as unemployment, homelessness, racism and discrimination. Registration reopens each Monday at 8 a.m. at cookcountycovid19.org. Those unable to register online can call 218-387-3668. Those who work in health care, schools or child care can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Vaccine hotline: All band members, residents in Grand Portage area and employees should call 218-475-2235 to schedule time to get vaccinated. Tribal nations can deviate from federal and state vaccine guidelines.
Douglas County Public Health
Vaccine hotline: 715-395-7336. Must be Douglas County resident and age 65 or older, a health care worker, law enforcement or firefighter. Leave name with spelling, birthdate and phone number. Only call one time. Public Health will contact you when vaccine is available. Limited supply.
Community-based vaccination clinic: Douglas County will split community-based vaccination clinic with Barron County. The site will open mid-April at University of Wisconsin-Superior's Wessman Arena.
St. Luke’s Mariner Medical Clinic in Superior: Designated vaccine distribution site by Wisconsin Department of Health. Administering limited supply for patients age 65 and older. Appointments through myCare portal at slhduluth.com/mycare or contacted by St. Luke’s; do not call.
Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Superior Clinic in Superior: All eligible groups. Administering to patients and general public. Existing patients should register through myChart portal at essentiamyhealth.org. Patients chosen randomly. Patients are called if they don’t have myChart. By appointment only. Info at essentiahealth.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information or call your local provider.
Lake Superior Community Health Center in Superior: Patients age 65 and older. Staff calls patients as appointments become available.
Walgreens in Superior: All eligible groups. Make appointment at walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp.
State of Wisconsin
Wisconsin launched its vaccine registry program March 1. Sign up at vaccinate.wi.gov or call 844-684-1064 toll free for personal assistance and answers to vaccine-related questions.
This story was last updated at 1 p.m. March 10. It was originally posted at 11 a.m. Feb. 5.