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COVID-19 VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE NOW
Together, for more than a year, we’ve been navigating the difficult realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and doing our part to take care of each other
Three safe and effective vaccines are available to Minnesotans. Each day, more and more people in Hennepin County are taking their turn to get vaccinated.
These vaccines offer us new tools in the fight against COVID-19, but while they are rolling out to everyone, we must keep practicing all prevention measures – masking up, getting tested, staying home when sick and keeping social distance.
Continue to stay safe and take care of our families, friends, and communities. And when it’s your turn, don’t miss the vaccine.
INFORMATION ON COVID-19 PROTECTION
Take precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.
These prevention steps practiced together decrease the risk of infecting yourself and others even as vaccines are distributed to more people:
WEAR A MASK WHENEVER YOU’RE WITH PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
STAY SIX FEET APART FROM OTHERS AT GATHERINGS AND PUBLIC SPACES
COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES
WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY AND THOROUGHLY
Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed
Stay at home if you are sick or waiting on test results
WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN, GET VACCINATED
COVID-19 does not discriminate. It is a novel (new) virus that spreads easily. So we are all at risk of infection because we, as human beings, want to be connected to our family and friends.
Some of us are at greater risk from COVID, such as elders, those with existing health problems, and communities impacted by longstanding systemic inequities that lead to health disparities.
Face coverings, commonly known as masks, can help stop our germs from infecting others. Research shows that wearing a mask reduces the risk of spreading the virus, especially when combined with other prevention steps like hand washing and staying six feet away from people outside your household.
Per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, face coverings are required inside all businesses and public indoor spaces in Minnesota unless you’re alone within an establishment.
For more information on mask wearing and its effectiveness, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.
COVID-19 can easily spread from one person to another, especially during shared meals, parties, group recreation activities, and other rituals. Limiting gathering with people outside of your household is an effective way to reduce the risk of greater infection in our community.
If you choose to gather, make sure to follow the prevention steps above and the latest guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Guidance for people who are vaccinated
The CDC has updated guidance for people who have completed their full vaccination series, which includes gathering indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks. Find the latest CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people.
Do you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or do you have symptoms? If so, you should get tested and stay home. Read on to learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and testing.
Not everyone with COVID-19 displays all symptoms. In fact, some people may not display any symptoms (asymptomatic). Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste
- Loss of smell
Less common gastrointestinal symptoms:
Testing is a critical tool in detecting and preventing infection for yourself and others, and barrier-free COVID-19 testing is widely available in Hennepin County.
If you have symptoms, get tested right away.
Find free testing options by visiting the following website:
If you were exposed to COVID-19 through close contact or test positive for COVID-19, it’s vital you stay home, separated from others in order to prevent spreading the virus to others.
If were exposed to COVID-19 through close contact:
The safest option is to stay home (quarantine) for 14 days after you were exposed.
If you tested positive for COVID-19:
Isolate at home for 10 days after your symptoms started, or if you had no symptoms, 10 days after your COVID-19 test. Make sure that you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours before ending isolation.
In specific instances, it may be possible to end quarantine or isolation sooner.
The following quarantine and isolation calculator can help you determine how long to stay home:
If you have been vaccinated: If you have completed a full COVID-19 vaccination series and were exposed, you do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:
- The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after your vaccination series was fully completed.
- The COVID-19 exposure was within 90 days of your final dose of the vaccination series.
- You do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available, and both supply and eligibility are expanding quickly to reach everyone. Read on to learn about the vaccine and how to get it.
COVID-19 vaccines are:
Each approved COVID-19 vaccine was developed under the same strict medical standards required of all vaccines, which included rigorous research trials on people.
The CDC and FDA have thoroughly reviewed the development and testing information to ensure the data is accurate and vaccines meet strict safety standards.
Experts continue to track the vaccines’ safety information to make sure they are working as expected.
All approved COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce the likelihood that
you’ll become ill or be hospitalized.
They contain material that teaches our immune system to recognize the COVID-19 virus and destroy it before it can infect you.
Both one-and two-dose vaccines are approved in the US.
Vaccination is free. You’ll pay nothing to get vaccinated, whether you
have insurance or not.
You will not be asked about your immigration status and your information is kept private.
Vaccination follows a phased rollout that aims to reach everyone by this summer.
REGISTER TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE
Sign up to check your personal eligibility and local availability for the COVID-19 vaccine through Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector.
Additionally, you can register with Hennepin County using the following link:
Hennepin County COVID-19 Vaccine Registration
Registering with Hennepin County does not make you ineligible for the state’s Vaccine Connector. Registering with both the state and the county will help connect you to the first available opportunity to get vaccinated.
When it’s your turn to get vaccinated, please take it.
Hennepin County Resources
Check your personal eligibility and local availability for the COVID-19 vaccine
Find your nearest testing location to schedule an appointment or get your test results.
Free masks for your organization
Make a request for free cloth masks from Hennepin County.
Help for mental health, food, housing and more is available.
Get help remaining in isolation
If you’re a Hennepin County resident who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 and need help remaining in isolation email firstname.lastname@example.org
Relief for rent and utilities is available if you’ve been hurt financially during the pandemic.