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.

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.

 

Pediatric vaccination

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.

 

Booster doses

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.

Or call our Care Access team at 763-581-2273 to schedule. (We are currently experiencing limited availability due to high demand).

 

COVID-19 pill

Oral COVID-19 medications were recently given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These medications are not yet available.

We will start treating certain COVID-19 cases using these medications once we have them and have received proper guidance from the FDA and Minnesota Department of Health, which we expect to happen in late December.

We anticipate medication and testing supplies to be limited, so we will assess your eligibility and willingness to take the medication as part of our scheduling process. Check this page for more details as they become available.

 

COVID-19 vaccination frequently asked questions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination.

Let us help answer your questions

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 today. Simply call 763-581-2273 or schedule online.

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). 

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?

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’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.