COVID-19 Vaccination

As COVID-19 vaccines become available in limited quantities, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released guidance on sub-prioritization of federally prioritized populations for vaccination.  Applying the MDH guidance and principles to the applicable University of Minnesota Twin Cities student, staff, and faculty populations, results in the following Phase 1a target populations on the Twin Cities campus.

**Regardless of citizenship status, all students are eligible**



Current status on the Twin Cities campus as of March 22, 2021

The Boynton Health and the U of M Vaccine Team continue to work with state and local public health partners as part of Minnesota’s network of vaccination sites (healthcare, public health, pharmacy, state sites).   

The University of Minnesota has not been allocated any first-dose vaccines for this week; there will be no first-dose clinics on campus. Second dose clinics will be held as previously scheduled. When vaccines are available, appointments will be open to individuals approved by MDH to receive vaccination.

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The University of Minnesota is preparing for widespread access to the vaccine for students, faculty, staff and U of M retirees. While vaccine allocation to the University varies week-to-week (i.e., limited to none), the state of Minnesota has multiple programs aimed at connecting Minnesotans with the vaccine. The state’s Vaccine Connector will help people find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. To share your interest with the state of Minnesota, sign up here. Additionally, review information about MDH’s Community Vaccination Pilot Program. 


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    Phase 1A Priority Levels

    Woman Nurse in maroon Boynton Health t-shirt and PPE inserting syringe into a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine vial.

    First Priority

    • Hospitals which include,
      • COVID-19 units
      • ICU, emergency departments
      • Designated COVID-19 urgent care clinics 
      • Emergency Medical Services personnel
    • COVID-19 testing personnel
    • COVID-19 vaccination personnel 
    • Long Term Care Facility personnel

    Second Priority

    • Hospitals which include all personnel,
      • providing direct patient services
      • handling infectious materials
      • not included in Phase 1
    • Urgent care settings which include all personnel,
      • providing direct patient services
      • handling infectious materials and not included in Phase 1
    • Dialysis centers, which include all personnel providing direct patient services or handling infectious materials

    Third Priority

    • All remaining healthcare workers not included in the first and second priority groups that are unable to telework, such as:
      • Hospital personnel
      • Ambulatory and outpatient settings
      • Dental clinics
      • Pharmacies
      • Public health clinics
      • Mental/behavioral health settings

    Current status on the Twin Cities campus:

    To date, clinics have been and continue to be held for personnel who are:

    • healthcare and long term care personnel;
    • those staffing current COVID-19 testing clinics, state-level testing labs, local level testing labs, and current/future COVID-19 vaccine clinics; 
    • SARS-CoV-2 researchers handling hazardous materials; 
    • health sciences students currently doing direct patient care in hospitals, urgent care clinics, or long-term care facilities who do not have access to the vaccine through their clinical site;
    • 65 years of age and older; and
    • educators and staff working in early education through 12th-grade settings (including learners), as well as those working in daycare settings.
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    Frequently Asked Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccine

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    More details and information on the COVID-19 Vaccination is forthcoming on the Safe Campus webpage.

    Learn more about the University's vaccine planning process.