COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Horizon Public Health Vaccine Update
January 19, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Update:
The Minnesota Department of Health has announced 9 pilot sites for vaccination clinics to serve those over 65 and school and child care staff. A limited number of appointments can be made starting at noon Tuesday to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota. Supply at these sites will be limited. The shots are limited to people 65 and older, educators and child-care workers and will be administered at nine sites starting Thursday. (If you are an educator or child care worker, you should not attempt to make an appointment unless you have been notified by your employer that you’ve been selected to receive a vaccine.)
The nine Minnesota locations are: Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Mountain Iron, North Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Thief River Falls Phone: 612-426-7230 or toll free, 833-431-2053.
The vaccine is available by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted. The state asks that people not visit a health care provider or pilot site unless they have a scheduled appointment.
At this time, Horizon Public Health is continuing to vaccinate health care workers and long term care residents and we are not scheduling future appointments or keeping a waiting list. Health care providers are working hard to determine the next steps and Horizon Public Health is in frequent communication with community partners to assure a coordinated approach. When Horizon is able to hold public clinics we will be using radio, newspaper, TV, social media and our website to keep you informed on when clinics will be held and how to register.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this as a public health system.
About the Vaccines
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- How are the COVID-19 Vaccines made?
- COVID-19 Vaccines are Safe
When Can I Receive the Vaccine?
The initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is limited. As an enrolled provider for COVID-19 vaccine, we are expected to, and will follow, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations and guidance related to distribution of the vaccine. We are working with our community partners to strategically vaccinate our community in an ethical and efficient manner.
Currently, COVID-19 vaccine is being administered to priority groups included in phase 1a, which includes:
- Healthcare workers
- Long-term care residents
The next priority group includes:
- Adults 65 years and older
You do not need to get on a waiting list or make an appointment at this time. If you are eligible for the vaccine you will be notified by your employer or facility you live in. We are hopeful vaccine will become more readily available, making additional priority groups eligible to receive vaccine.
When Horizon Public Health is able to hold public clinics, we will get that information out through newspapers, radio, social media, on our website, flyers, and more.
Please visit MDH’s web page on COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Planning to learn more about the recommended priority groups.
The cost of the COVID-19 Vaccine will be covered by the Federal Government
However, healthcare providers may charge you an administration fee for giving the vaccine. This means you may be asked for your insurance information when you get the COVID-19 vaccine. You can still get the COVID-19 vaccine if you do not have insurance and/or cannot pay the administration fee.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available from many places, such as healthcare providers, community health centers, pharmacies, and vaccine clinics operated by public health departments.
***Note: Be aware of scams. MN Department of Health and healthcare providers will never ask for credit card information in order to get the vaccine.***