Minnesota rolls out new online COVID-19 vaccine registry

    Syringes are prepped with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before being administered at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va., February 2, 2021. (Parker Michels-Boyce/ For the Virginia Mercury)

    Minnesota is rolling out an online registry that will notify residents when they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Tim Walz announced on Thursday. 

    Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up for the registry. Dubbed the COVID-19 Connector, the portal will alert Minnesotans when they are eligible for vaccination, help them schedule an appointment, and contact them if there are any local immunization opportunities. The administration also claims that the system will “improve the ability of communities of color to access the vaccine.”

    Registrants enter contact information, demographic data, medical history, and employment information. The program is also collecting information about gender identity, sexual orientation, race, culture, and disabilities to track equity in the distribution process, but providing that information is voluntary. 

    Anyone older than 65 who signs up will be immediately entered into the random selection process.

    Once determined eligible, Minnesotans can get vaccinated at health care systems and centers, pharmacies, hospitals and state-run community vaccination sites. 

    “We still have a frustratingly limited vaccine supply from the federal government,” said Walz, “but every Minnesotan should know their chance to get a vaccine will come.”

    Minnesota is currently vaccinating health care workers, long-term care residents, pre-K through grade 12 educators, child care workers and people over 65. 

    As of Feb. 18, Minnesota has 476,292 positive COVID-19 cases and 6,404 people have died. 

    About 12.6% — 710,305 residents — have gotten at least one dose of vaccine, and 264,122 are fully immunized, according to Minnesota Department of Health data. 

    Sign up for the Vaccine Connector at mn.gov/vaccineconnector or call 833-431-2053.

    Gracie Stockton
    Gracie Stockton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. She was awarded the 2021 Kaufman scholarship from the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication and joined the Reformer as an intern. Gracie also studies theatre and Russian, and is an artist in her free time.