COVID-19 vaccine updates
This is our shot to beat COVID. Getting your vaccination is an important step in keeping yourself, your loved ones and our community safe.
Note: Due to high demand, COVID vaccine appointments at North Memorial Health may not be immediately available. We want you to be able to receive your vaccinations as soon as possible. If you are unable to find a time that works for you at one of our clinics, we recommend using the Minnesota Department of Health’s Vaccine Connector tool to find an appointment at a location and time that best suits your needs.
Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine now?
Anyone age 5 or older.
To learn more about vaccinations for children age 5 to 17, visit the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens website.
While we are currently offering vaccination boosters, our appointment availability may be limited. You may find booster does available sooner through local pharmacies. You can find locations near you offering booster doses by using the Minnesota Department of Health’s Vaccine Connector tool.
COVID-19 vaccine education
Pregnancy, fertility and the vaccine
North Memorial Health’s Dr. Todd Stanhope answers common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or concerned about fertility.
Vaccination and the delta variant
North Memorial Health’s Dr. Cameron Berg talks about how COVID-19 variants, such as “delta,” evolve and function as well as the role vaccinations play in protecting us from them.
Risk vs. benefit: How should the "young and healthy" approach vaccination?
Younger people now make up the majority of new COVID infections. North Memorial Health’s Dr. Cameron Berg explains what we know about the risks and benefits of vaccination for all age groups.
Breakthrough infection and vaccination
Dr. Cameron Berg explains how the benefit of vaccination is not lost if you experience a breakthrough.
Side effects of a new vaccine: What is possible?
North Memorial Health’s Dr. Cameron Berg explains how the current COVID-19 vaccines were made so quickly and how we can be confident of their long-term safety.
"I've already been sick" vs. getting vaccinated: What you should know
North Memorial Health’s Dr. Cameron Berg explains how “natural immunity” through prior infection is different with COVID-19 than it typically is with other diseases.
Let us help answer your questions
Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine administered by North Memorial Health?
Anyone age 5 or older
Do I have to be a customer with North Memorial Health to receive a vaccination?
I am a North Memorial Health customer. How do I get a vaccination?
Once I receive the first dose of the vaccine, when and how will my second dose be scheduled?
When we schedule your first dose, we will ask that you make time available on the 21st and 28th day after your first dose. Upon receiving your first dose, if you need a second dose, it will be scheduled on one of these two days (depending on the brand of vaccine you received).
Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination booster?
We are currently offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination booster to all eligible customers 18 years of age or older. Customers who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (initial two dose series) are eligible for a booster dose six months after receiving their second dose. Customers who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (single dose) are eligible for a booster dose two months after receiving their single dose.
If you are unable to find a location and time that works for you, the Minnesota Department of Health’s Vaccine Connector can help you find other locations offering vaccinations and boosters.
I received my first shot a long time ago. Can I still get my second shot even though I waited longer than recommended?
Yes. If you received your first shot from North Memorial Health, we can schedule your booster shot even if it’s been more than 42 days since your initial dose.
Are the vaccines safe?
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
Can I bring someone with me for my appointment?
The safety of our customers and team is our top priority. For customers requiring assistance with their visit – visitors are limited to two healthy individuals. Children ages 5-17 will need to be accompanied by at least one parent or legal guardian during their vaccination visit.
What if I have a lot of risk factors and I believe I should be prioritized. Who can I talk to about getting prioritized?
Will I be billed for the COVID-19 vaccine?
You should not receive a bill for your COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccine itself is supplied by the federal government at no charge. There is an administering billing code that will be charged to your insurance (including Medicare and Medicaid) but is mandated to be covered at 100% and should not lead to a patient responsibility or cost-sharing. If you do not have insurance, the expense for this administering will be covered by the HRSA fund if it is verified you do not have insurance coverage.
I’m a Medicare Advantage Plan participant. Do I need to pay for my vaccination?
No. As long as you provide your Medicare beneficiary ID when registering, the vaccine will be billed to Medicare and 100% covered.
I’m a Medicare Advantage Plan participant. What do I need to do to register for a vaccine appointment?
Please provide your Medicare beneficiary ID when scheduling your appointment. If you’re unable to provide when scheduling, you must bring your Medicare Card to your vaccine appointment.
I’m a Medicare Advantage Plan participant. What happens if I don’t provide my Medicare beneficiary ID?
You will be financially liable for the vaccine services provided. This is a requirement for the vaccinations purchased and supplied by the federal government.
I have a medical condition that requires I receive a certain brand of vaccine, can you accommodate this?
Because the state determines our vaccine supply and we cannot predict which vaccines will be available and when we are not able to schedule you for a specific brand of vaccine. You are welcome to schedule an appointment and then chose whether you wish to go through with your vaccination once you arrive and determine which brand of vaccine is being administered that day.
Can my provider write me a letter that states I can only receive a specific vaccine?
Unfortunately, our providers are not able to provide letters to accommodate requests for a specific brand of vaccine at this time.
I have certain allergies. How will this be affected by the vaccines?
The CDC website has lots of great resources that can help you determine how you should proceed depending on what allergies you have. Additionally, you may want to speak with your doctor if you are concerned whether your specific health condition[s] should affect your decision to get vaccinated.