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COVID-19 vaccine updates

We understand you may have several questions as to when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to you or your loved ones. We continue to follow the phased approach for the COVID-19 vaccine as outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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

We are now welcoming customers age 18 and over who have North Memorial Health medical records within the last ten years to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations. This is in accordance with the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility guidelines outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health. 

To schedule an appointment, call 763-581-CARE (2273) or log into your MyChart account. No walk-in appointments are available at this time. For the latest information regarding our vaccine eligibility requirements and process, please continue to check this page.

Please note: Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Vaccines are in high demand and we are only allotted so many doses by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) each week.

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

We are now scheduling current North Memorial Health customers age 18 and over only. If you are 18 years of age or older and have been a North Memorial Health customer within the last ten years, we can schedule you.

 

To make an appointment, you must be:

  • Age 18 or over

AND

  • A current North Memorial Health customer (those with NMH medical records within the last 10 years)

If you are not a North Memorial Health customer, you can go to the Minnesota Department of Health website to find other vaccine locations near you.

 

To keep our customers and community safe, all vaccinations will be administered by appointment only. No walk-ins.

I became eligible to receive a vaccine on March 30. Can I make an appointment?

Yes, as long as you are age 18 or over and have been a North Memorial Health customer within the last 10 years.

I’m not sure if I’ve been a customer within the last ten years. What does that mean?

We are currently only scheduling people who have medical records on file with North Memorial Health within the last ten years. If you’ve had any visits or procedures at any of our facilities, we should have you on file.

 

Call 763-581-2273 to confirm your eligibility.

What vaccines are approved for use?

Currently, we are administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines. The vaccine you receive will depend on what has been distributed to us at the time. You will not be able to choose which vaccine you receive.

 

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. 

Is the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine clinically equivalent to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines?

We consider the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine clinically equivalent to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. We need to end hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, and the Janssen vaccine has shown excellent effectiveness against severe disease and prevention of hospitalization and COVID-19 deaths. Additionally, the fact that the Janssen vaccine was tested against more of the contagious variants and was effective against those variants is very encouraging. 

Given the excellent performance and effectiveness of all the vaccines in preventing severe COVID-19 and death, the public is urged to take any vaccine that is offered as soon as it becomes available to them.  

Where will the COVID-19 vaccine be available?

Eligible North Memorial Health customers who have been randomly invited can currently schedule their vaccination appointments in Brooklyn Center.

Current location:  

If you are not a North Memorial Health customer, you can go to the Minnesota Department of Health website to find a vaccine location near you. 

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure that they are as safe as possible. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health website to learn more.

I have a vaccine appointment, am I going to receive the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) (Janssen) vaccine?

No, we are suspending the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at this time. You will instead be receiving either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

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 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 all involve women between the ages of 18 and 48.

Are the other 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.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being paused out of an abundance of caution after a very small number of complications were reported.

Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine