our shot to beat covid

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.

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine now? 

Anyone age 12 or older.

All children age 12-17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is available at our Maple Grove and Minnetonka clinics only. Children ages 12-17 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during their vaccination visit.

The COVID-19 vaccinations are now offered at 3 different locations. Please read the detail below to evaluate which option will best serve your vaccination needs.

Schedule an appointment at one of these locations:

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available at the following primary care clinics:

North Memorial Health Clinic – Maple Grove
9855 Hospital Dr.
Suite 102
Maple Grove, MN 55369

  • Eligibility: Anyone age 12 or older. If you or your family member age 12 or over would like to be protected against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, we can help.
  • Appointments available: Tuesday – Thursday
    By appointment only. Walk-ins not available.

North Memorial Health Clinic – Minnetonka
15450 Hwy. 7
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN 55345

  • Eligibility: Anyone age 12 or older. If you or your family member age 12 or over would like to be protected against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, we can help.
  • Appointments available: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    By appointment only. Walk-ins not available.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine available at our Brooklyn Center site through June 27:
The Brooklyn Center Vaccination Site will be closed Saturday, June 19 – Monday, June 21. Appointments and walk-ins will resume on Tuesday, June 22.

Our vaccination site in Brooklyn Center will be closing on June 27 and the vaccine will only be available through our primary care locations listed above.

Vaccination Site (Brooklyn Center)
6100 Shingle Creek Crossing
Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430
Appointments available: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Walk-in or by appointment through June 27.

Scheduling your second dose? Please call our Care Access team at 763-581-2273 to schedule an appointment to ensure we have the correct appointment type and vaccine.

IMPORTANT: All children age 12-17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and since the Brooklyn Center site is only administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please schedule an appointment at one of our primary care clinics listed above.

Let us help answer your questions

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine administered by North Memorial Health?

Anyone age 12 or older.

 

All children age 12-17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is available at our Maple Grove and Minnetonka clinics only. Children ages 12-17 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during their vaccination visit.

 

To get the latest information regarding our vaccine eligibility requirements and process, please check our website.

Do I have to be a customer with North Memorial Health to receive a vaccination?

No.

I am a North Memorial Health customer. How do I get a vaccination?

We can schedule your appointment right now over the phone or you can log into your MyChart account to schedule. 

 

Or, if you would like to walk-in at our Brooklyn Center Vaccination Site, you can do that as well. Walk-ins are accepted 7 days a week between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. through June 27. Note: Our Brooklyn Center Vaccination Site is permanently closing June 27 and the vaccine will be by appointment only at our Maple Grove and Minnetonka Clinics. 

What vaccines are approved for use?

Currently, we are administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is being administered by appointment only at our Maple Grove and Minnetonka clinics only. All children age 12-17 will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

 

The Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is being administered to customers 18 and older by appointment or walk-ins at our Brooklyn Center Vaccination Site through June 27. 

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). 

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. 

I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, what should I do?

Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare – six reported in the U.S. after 6.8 million doses were administered. Currently, the CDC and FDA are recommending you contact your healthcare provider if you develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination.

What are the complications from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

In a very small number of cases ­(six reported in the U.S.), a rare and severe type of blood clot occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. These cases involved women between the ages of 18 and 48. 

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 12-17 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?

You can call the MDH Minnesota Helpline at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.

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’ve heard that extra vaccine doses are available if people don’t show up for their appointment. Can I drop-in to the Brooklyn Center Vaccination Site just in case?

We have appointments available, but walk-ins are accepted 7 days a week between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at our Brooklyn Center Vaccination Site through June 27. 

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.