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On Friday, March 26, Governor Tim Walz announced that all Minnesotans aged 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday, March 30. Scott County Public Health is eager to help all Scott County residents access the vaccine. To ensure the process is fair, equitable, and compliant with state guidelines, we are putting registration protocols in place. Please visit our Public Health page to see our requirements. Always check information sources before registering on a link. Updated: 3/26/21 at 1:00PM
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First Doses: At this time, we are prioritizing Scott County residents. To ensure Scott County residents have fair access to vaccine appointments, we are posting separate signup links on our Public Health website for clinics: links exclusive to Scott County residents, and links for eligible Minnesotans that live outside of Scott County. These links will be labeled very clearly. We will monitor these links, and reserve the right to remove any non-Scott County resident who registers on a Scott County resident-specific clinic or a clinic reserved for community partners. Non-residents will be turned away at clinics reserved for Scott County residents.
Second Doses: We can no longer serve individuals who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine from other providers due to vaccine availability. If you did not get your first dose of the Moderna vaccine from Scott County Public Health, do not sign up for one of our Second Dose Clinics. Please return to your original provider to seek your second dose, they are accounting for you to return.
Scott County Public Health is providing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.
Our weekly vaccine supply is determined by the State of Minnesota. We cannot guarantee a specific vaccine will be administered at First Dose clinics. We predictably receive second doses of the Moderna vaccine. Moderna recipients should never worry about obtaining their second dose of the Moderna vaccine within the appropriate 24-32 day range.
If you have a preference for a specific vaccine, we will post which vaccine is being administered on our Public Health page. If the information changes after registration, we will immediately contact you by email.
Learn more about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine:
Last updated: 4/01/21
COVID-19 vaccines provided by Scott County Public Health and MDH are free. The federal government is covering the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone. You will be asked for your health insurance information when you get the vaccine, but this so your provider can seek reimbursement from the government for an administrative fee.
The currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines have different requirements to get complete protection:
Scott County Public Health is administering the Moderna vaccine. We will provide information at your first appointment about how to sign up for your second dose on our website.
Yes, you should still get vaccinated if you previously had COVID-19. If you’ve had COVID-19, wait until 90 days after your diagnosis to get a vaccine.
No, you do not need to register with us. The State of Minnesota’s process is separate.
More importantly, the State of Minnesota is providing the Pfizer vaccine and Scott County Public Health is providing the Moderna vaccine. Both vaccines are alike in quality, but have different waiting periods between doses. You must receive the same vaccine, from the same provider, to ensure you are safely and completely vaccinated.
Minnesota will not require COVID-19 vaccines. You have the right to refuse or accept the COVID-19 vaccine. Scott County Public Health strongly encourages you to get the COVID-19 vaccine if it is available to you. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you, your family, co-workers, friends, healthcare workers, and our larger community.
The vaccine’s cost is covered, but there are some minor reimbursement processes that occur in the background. Scott County Public Health will use this information to contact your insurance company for an administrative fee. You do not need to pay at any point in the process.
Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. This includes wearing a face mask, washing hands often, staying at least 6 feet away from others and avoiding crowds.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines, which do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
Messenger RNA vaccines – also called mRNA vaccines – are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. They teach our cells how to make a protein—or even a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.
Yes, it will prevent you from getting sick with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.
Being protected from COVID-19 is important because there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you personally. Though many people with COVID-19 only experience a mild illness, others may develop a severe illness, have long-term health effects from the disease, or die.
You will receive an email notification from the PrepMod system reminding you to sign up for a second dose. This will be the same email you provided when you sign up for your first dose appointment.
The email will contain a unique link to your second dose clinic. Please do not share this link with anyone.
To get maximum protection, you must get two doses of the same vaccine, administered at the appropriate times. It can take about six weeks (from first dose to second) before you are completely protected from COVID-19. If you only get one dose, you may not be protected (immune) against COVID-19.
Two doses are needed for the two COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. The time between the doses depends on the vaccine you are getting:
It is critical that you get both vaccine doses, the same product for each dose, and that the doses are given at the correct time. The vaccine is only fully effective with both doses of vaccine. After the second dose, it takes about two weeks for your body to build up protection, so it’s about six weeks total from the first vaccine dose to when you should be fully protected.
Yes, the vaccine is safe, vetted by state and federal experts, and suitable for public use.
All vaccines go through clinical trials to test their safety and effectiveness, including vaccines for COVID-19. The manufacturers must present data that shows the vaccine is safe and that it works before it is approved for general populations. This data is reviewed by scientific groups at the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After a vaccine is authorized or approved for use, many safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible side effects. This monitoring is critical to help ensure that the benefits continue to outweigh the risks for people who receive vaccines.
No. There is no pork, gelatin, or other animal products in the COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and can prevent you from getting a severe case of COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines may be given to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Please speak with your doctor to see if you are eligible to receive a vaccine at this time.
While people in this category may receive the vaccine, they should be aware of the limited safety data. Visit the CDC’s website to learn more.
At this time we are planning for interpreter services and will post more information when available.
We thank you for your patience as we respond to COVID-19 vaccine supply and demand. There are many factors at the state and federal level that influence our ability to plan and post clinics in advance. Rest assured, our Public Health staff work around the clock to plan clinics, sometimes on a week’s notice. We know this process is difficult and confusing, but we are committed to keeping Scott County residents safe and informed. Learn more about vaccine distribution in Minnesota.
Due to Public Health staff capacity, we cannot arrange for vaccination at individual workplaces.