Here's how Minnesota is prioritizing who gets the COVID-19 vaccine

The first four weeks will see enough to vaccinate 183,000 Minnesotans.
Publish date:

Minnesota will likely receive its first shipment of COViD-19 vaccines the week of Dec. 14, but it'll be a limited supply that has forced federal and state governments to prioritize and sub-prioritize who is first in line to receive the vaccine. 

The vaccine will be available to Minnesotans in what health department Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann called a "phased approach," starting with the first group, which will be broken into three sub groups due to not enough vaccine being immediately available. The sub groups are: 

  • 1a: Health care personnel, long-term care residents
  • 1b: Essential workers: Education, food & agriculture, utilities, police, firefighters, corrections officers, transportation
  • 1c Adults with high-risk medical conditions, adults aged 65+

Group 1a is itself split into three sub-groups, with the first including all personnel working in hospital COVID-19 units, emergency rooms and COVID-19-related urgent care clinics.

It also includes people working or living in long-term care facilities, people working at testing facilities and those providing vaccinations. 

Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 2.46.19 PM

1A sub-group two includes hospital staff providing direct patient care, those handling infectious materials, all staff working in assisted living or home care, employees of urgent care clinics, staff at dialysis centers, and residents living in assisted living or veterans homes. 

Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 2.46.38 PM

1a sub group three includes all remaining health care workers that were not included in the first and second priority groups, which will include those working in outpatient clinics and dental offices, along with the remaining residents of congregate care settings. 

Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 2.47.18 PM

Moving from one priority group to the next will be dependent on vaccine supply.

The first month of vaccine delivery from the federal government will feature 136,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and at least 46,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine, both of which have tested out at 94% effective. That's a total of 183,400 people receiving the vaccine in the first four weeks. 

But that's where an issue of vaccine supply arises. Ehresmann said there about 500,000 Minnesotans who fall into the first group (1a, 1b, 1c), including approximately 298,000 Minnesotans who work in high-risk health care settings or live/work in long-term care facilities. 

"Our goal is to immunize for impact. We want to make sure we're vaccinating where it will do the most good," Ehresmann said. 

Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 2.43.22 PM

The vaccines will be distributed to 25 hubs around the state. From there, the 25 hubs will redistribute the vaccines to 118 different locations in Minnesota. It's important to note that there is not a specific pharmacy, hospital or clinic where people can go get the vaccine. That's a future step.

For now, employers will contact those who are first eligible to receive the vaccine, and specific information about where people go for the vaccine will be provided in that message. 

Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 2.34.44 PM

More information for remaining Minnesotans is anticipated in the coming weeks, though vaccinations are projected to go well into 2021. 

Next Up

covid, vaccine

Minnesotans eligible for COVID shots only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

police lights

2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

House for sale

Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

Target store inside

Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.

Tim Walz

Walz's $52.4 billion budget increases school spending, raises taxes on wealthy

He says the budget will help level the playing field and ensure all Minnesotans have a fair shot at economic recovery,

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 12.55.00 PM

Pictures from Minnesota GOP's Deadwood retreat show no masks, no distancing

The pictures were shared in Chair Jennifer Carnahan's latest email newsletter.

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.


What health officials know, don't know about Brazil P.1 variant

Minnesota health officials confirmed the first case of the P.1 variant in the U.S.

christopher and banks

Christopher & Banks closing stores for good, laying off 361 people at Plymouth facility

The layoffs began earlier this month and will continue through March.

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 8.56.43 AM

Tributes, donations after death of popular South High School teacher

The fundraiser had raised more than $9,000 of its $15,000 as of Tuesday.


covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota changes vaccine appointment process, here's what to know

Walz also announced plans for a mass vaccination event at Xcel Energy Center.

Walz covid vaccine delivery

COVID-19 vaccines start arriving in Minnesota

The first doses of the vaccine could be administered to Minnesotans later this week.

flu shot, vaccine

Pfizer seeks permission for emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine

The drug maker says its vaccine is 95% effective and ready to be deployed.

vaccine, covid

COVID-19: Walz says Minnesota was shorted about 40% of vaccine doses

The governor says it's on the federal government to come through.

Screen Shot 2021-01-12 at 9.48.38 AM

MN unveils dashboard to track COVID vaccine distribution

It provides a very clear view of where and who is getting vaccinated.

vaccine, shot

Walz reveals rollout plans for COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota

Those most susceptible to the virus will be first in line, along with those who care for them.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.