Common questions

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.

Vaccine priority groups in Minnesota:

  • Phase 1a — Still vaccinating some people (all health care workers, long-term care facilities, those who are EMS-certified).

  • Phase 1b — Partially underway. Age 65 and older and “essential workers.” The only essential workers receiving vaccines are pre-K-12 school staff and licensed child care workers. The state advisory group determining the full Phase 1b plan has yet to release who will be included.

Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine availability and location info

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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 will be, in order, will be: 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.

About vaccine availability in Wisconsin.

Who’s administering in Minnesota and Wisconsin: Local public health, hospitals, the state, tribal government and pharmacies.

Where to get vaccinated: People age 65 and older who don’t live in the same county or state as their primary care provider can still get a vaccine through their hospital. Those getting vaccines through a county public health department must either live or work in the respective county. To find a list of all the vaccine provider locations in Minnesota, visit mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations. For Wisconsin vaccine provider locations, visit dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-map.htm.

Minnesota launched the Vaccine Connector on Feb. 18. All Minnesota residents, regardless of current eligibility, are encouraged to 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

Hospitals

St. Luke’s in Duluth: Age 65 and older and people in Phase 1a. 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; do not call. Using Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine clinic at St. Luke’s hospital, Duluth. By appointment only. Info at slhduluth.com/covidvaccine.

Essentia Health in Duluth, Virginia, Ely and Aurora: Age 65 and older and people in Phase 1a. 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.

Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing: Health care workers and age 75 and older. To schedule an appointment, visit mhealthfairview.org/covid19/covid19-vaccine.

Pharmacies

Thrifty White in Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes and Virginia: Age 65 and older. 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: Age 65 and older. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.

Sam's Club in Hermantown: Age 65 and older. Do not need to be a Sam's Club member. Schedule an appointment at samsclub.com/pharmacy/immunization?imzType=covid.

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 hotline: Anyone St. Louis County resident age 65 and older who doesn't have a medical provider can call the county's vaccine hotline, 218-726-2623. The line is staffed 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Messages will be returned during business hours.

Community vaccine sites: One site in Ely, Duluth, Hermantown, Hibbing and Eveleth. Some people in Phase 1a priority groups, pre-K-12 staff and licensed child care workers. Eligible residents will receive 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

Carlton County Public Health

Vaccine hotline: 218-499-6312. County is not taking a list of names.

Vaccine distribution: Local public health is working with employers to vaccinate those in current priority groups.

Hospitals

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: Age 65 and older and people in Phase 1a. 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.

Pharmacies

Thrifty White in Cloquet and Moose Lake: Age 65 and older. 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: Age 65 and older. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.

Itasca County

Hospitals

Essentia Health-Deer River: Age 65 and older and people in Phase 1a. 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.

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital: Age 75 and older. Appointments start at 9 a.m. Mondays. Schedule through Fairview MyChart at mychart.fairview.org/MyChart or call 218-326-7344. Grand Itasca is offering a will-call standby list for those who live near Grand Rapids. If any additional doses become available throughout the week, patients on this list are called.

Scenic Rivers Health Services: Age 65 and older to receive Moderna vaccinations. Call 218-361-3274 for vaccine inquiries in Bigfork and 218-361-3297 for Cook.

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.

Pharmacies

Thrifty White in Grand Rapids: Age 65 and older. Appointments can be made at thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine. If the location is not listed, there are no openings.

Walmart: Age 65 and older. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.

Lake County

Lake County Public Health and Lake View Hospital & Medical Clinics: Pop-up clinics for Lake County residents age 65 and older 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

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 covid-19hotline@co.cook.mn.us.

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

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.

Hospitals

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: Age 65 and older and people in Phase 1a. 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.

Pharmacies

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.

Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccination rates and progress

This story was last updated at 10:09 a.m. March 5. It was originally posted at 11 a.m. Feb. 5.