Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are new vaccines that help stop the spread of COVID-19 disease. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is for people ages 16 and older. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is for people ages 18 and older. It is your decision whether to get the vaccine. Two doses of vaccine are needed to be protected against COVID-19. Both doses must be from the same product (Pfizer or Moderna). Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses are given 21 days (three weeks) apart. Moderna vaccine doses are given 28 days (one month) apart. Future vaccines for COVID-19 may have different wait times between doses or may only need one dose.
If you are sick with COVID-19, or think you might have COVID-19, wait until you are better and have been cleared to come out of isolation before getting vaccinated.
The vaccine will be free to everyone, regardless of your immigration or insurance status. Some vaccination clinics may ask for medical insurance information so they can get reimbursed from the insurance company. You should not receive a bill. If you do not have insurance, you can still get vaccinated.
People may have side effects after receiving the vaccine. Be prepared to wait for 15 to 30 minutes after getting the vaccination to make sure you feel alright. Some people experience flu-like side effects, which should go away within one to two days. If you develop something of concern, call your doctor.
After the second vaccine dose, it takes about two weeks for your body to build up protection, and it is not known yet if people who get the vaccine can still give COVID-19 to others if they get infected with COVID-19. Until we know more, you should continue to:
- Wear a mask
- Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone that does not live with you
- Wash and sanitize your hands a lot
- Stay home if you are sick.
More information at Minnesota Dept. of Health.
On February 18, Minnesota launched the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, a new tool that will help all Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their shot. Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, regardless of their current vaccine eligibility status.
The Governor has launched a public dashboard to help keep Minnesotans informed of important COVID-19 statistics. This includes cases by county, by gender, and by race.
COVID-19 has caused anxiety and stress, impacting the mental health and well-being of people across the United States. Change to Chill (CTC) by Allina Health and Hennepin County Public Health partnered in 2020 to promote mental well-being in youth and adults in Hennepin County. Find mental health resources from the 2020 CTC sessions for parents, teens, caregivers, and more, including resources for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ youth.
A helpful, downloadable flier with more information from the Minnesota Dept. of Health about getting vaccinated and what to expect after being vaccinated.