Eligible Minnesotans now have the ability to book appointments at Minnesota’s community vaccination locations directly and at their own convenience, Gov. Tim Walz says.
Minnesotans can use the Vaccine Connector tool to directly schedule appointments at the sites. If appointments are full, there’s an option to get notified when appointments free up.
You can find the vaccine connector tool at vaccineconnector.mn.gov.
These community vaccination sites are located around the state… locations include St. Paul, Bloomington, Oakdale, Mankato, Duluth, Rochester, Lino Lakes and St. Cloud. There’s also a federally-supported community vaccination site at the State Fairgrounds that is serving residents of socially vulnerable zip codes around the Twin Cities.
Direct scheduling comes as the state has administered more than 4 million doses to nearly 2.5 million Minnesotansl since vaccinations began in late 2020. More than 56% of Minnesotans 16 years of age and older and 85% of adults 65 years of age and up have received at least one dose.
In other news, the state will again be administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Federal officials recently lifted the pause on the vaccine after a very small number of people developed blood clots after receiving the dose.
Of the 8 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine already administered in the United States, there were 15 cases with blood clots discovered. Health experts say the risks from getting COVID-19 — including getting blood clots due to the virus — are higher than the rare risk associated with the vaccine.
A safety warning will be handed out at vaccine sites.
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