Minnesota COVID Vaccine Sign up and How to Use Vaccine Connector Tool

The Minnesota Department of Health has launched a tool to help residents get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dubbed the Vaccine Connector, the system will inform residents when they are eligible to receive the jab and connect them with the resources they need to book an appointment. It can also notify them when vaccination opportunities come up in their local area.

Minnesota officials stress that vaccine supply remains limited and will take time to distribute among the population in the coming weeks.

A website has been created to host the portal. It asks residents to submit their demographic details—including race, gender and age—alongside contact information and relevant medical history.

After the information has been submitted, residents will be sent a confirmation email to confirm their registration.

The health department site explains: "When the information you provided suggests you might be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you will receive information on vaccine opportunities in your area and how to schedule your appointment. If you don't have an email address, you will be notified via text message or phone call."

The tool is intended for residents who have not yet been vaccinated—and those who are already on a community vaccination or pilot program are not required to sign up.

1/2 Minnesotans can now sign up to get connected to a COVID-19 vaccine! Today we launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to find out when, where, and how to get your vaccine. It’s safe, secure, and free. Sign up at https://t.co/KrnHEyteII. pic.twitter.com/2VcCjfMzyY

— mnhealth (@mnhealth) February 18, 2021

In Minnesota, COVID vaccines are being distributed to residents aged 65 or over, health care workers, care home staff and residents, child care workers and people working in pre-kindergarten through adult and community education.

Health officials have said eligible people do not need to wait for an alert from the Vaccine Connector and should take any offered opportunity to get the jab.

Minnesotans aged 65 and older can also use the health department's Vaccine Locator map. Those who are pre-registered for the state's community vaccination program will be notified by email, text or phone if they are randomly selected for an appointment at one of the community vaccination clinics in Minneapolis, Duluth and Rochester.

The website adds: "The state is also continuing to partner with hundreds of local medical providers and pharmacies to provide shots to Minnesotans aged 65 and older.

"If you are over age 65, you can also contact your regular provider directly."

The state's full distribution plan can be found on the Minnesota COVID response website. The first phase, known as 1a, is aimed at targeting the people most at risk of infection.

According to the health department, there have been at least 476,292 cases of COVID in the state and more than 6,400 deaths.

More than 710,000 Minnesota residents have been administered at least one vaccine dose, with over 264,000 people having received both doses.

Residents with questions about the online system or in need of language assistance can call the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector hotline on 833-431-2053.

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Medical workers load syringes with Moderna's COVID-19 drug at a vaccination site in Los Angeles on February 16. The Minnesota Department of Health has launched a tool to help eligible residents get their jab. APU GOMES/AFP/Getty