The COVID-19 vaccination is being distributed in phases, based on criteria determined by individual states. Find information and resources about the vaccination process in Minnesota below.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will I know when I can get a COVID-19 vaccination shot?

A: Information on when one can get a shot is available at the Minnesota Department of Health, which is administering the vaccines to health providers. As of Tuesday, March 30, every Minnesotan 16 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine, and in May, the Pfizer dose was made available to those ages 12-15. For a progress report on who the MDH is allowing to be vaccinated, visit

Local provider Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota is distributing vaccines based on guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and each state’s department of health.

Q: Where are vaccine shots being given?

A: Appointments for a vaccine can be made with Sanford Health at the Sanford Bemidji Vaccine Clinic by calling (877) 701-0779. Residents can also schedule an appointment with the online service, My Sanford Chart.

Being a previous patient of Sanford is not a requirement for the vaccination. Those who are not a previous Sanford patient can complete a vaccine request form at

When making an appointment, patients will be instructed when and where to receive the vaccine. Both the vaccine and the appointment are of no cost to the patient.

Those receiving the vaccine will be on site for 15 minutes after receiving their dose for observation. The most common side effects are injection site pain, soreness and swelling.

Q: Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, distribution and safety?

A: Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's comprehensive website for more answers to frequent questions. The Minnesota Department of Health also has a COVID-19 vaccine data center.

Q: How do our states compare to others when it comes to vaccine distribution?

A: The best way to know this from day to day is using the CDC's Covid Data Tracker site.