Any Minnesotan can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the State fairgrounds, with or without an appointment.
The move again signals a broader availability of the vaccine in the state than in previous weeks and months.
The City of St. Paul announced Thursday that the FEMA-supported community vaccine site at the State Fairgrounds is open to all Minnesotans 16 and up, regardless of zip code. The site will remain open to all Minnesotans through Tuesday.
The vaccination site at the State Fairgrounds was initially reserved for Minnesota residents from select zip codes in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Residents of the targeted zip codes can continue to make appointments at the State Fairgrounds anytime through June 9.
Walk-in appointments are available at the Fairgrounds, though residents can still make appointments through the state’s Vaccine Connector.
Other state vaccination sites are located in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Mankato, Duluth, Rochester, Bloomington, Oakdale, Lino Lakes and St. Cloud.
Opening up the site is the latest in the state’s efforts to expand vaccine access. The state recently began allowing residents to book their appointments directly through the Vaccine Connector, rather than wait to be notified about an opening.
And in an effort to vaccinate more teenagers, the vaccination site at Mall of American will prioritize residents aged 16 and 17.