COVID-19: What you need to know about vaccinations in the Northland

Duluth News Tribune, Minn.
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Apr. 8—Find information and resources about the vaccination process in Minnesota and Wisconsin below.

Minnesota

Click the banners below for updated data on administered vaccines and information on who is offering appointments.

Minnesota launched the Vaccine Connector on Feb. 18. All Minnesota residents, regardless of current eligibility, can sign up by calling 833-431-2053 or visiting mn.gov/vaccineconnector. This list will be used to select Minnesotans for vaccine appointments. Anyone already on a state waitlist does not need to register again.

Wisconsin

Common questions

Vaccine priority groups in Minnesota

Began March 30. Any Minnesotan above age 16 will be eligible as a result of the federal government's promise of an increased vaccine supply by April. Providers are asked to prioritize doses for older people, those with underlying conditions and frontline workers. Must be 18 or older to get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those age 16 and 17 can only get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Vaccine priority groups in Wisconsin

Began April 5. Anyone age 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine. Must be 18 or older to get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those age 16 and 17 can only get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Where are vaccine shots being given?

See below. Local public health, hospitals, the state, tribal government and pharmacies are administering vaccines in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

St. Louis County

Hospitals

St. Luke's in Duluth: All eligible patients. Existing patients should use myCare portal at slhduluth.com/mycare. A button will be available to schedule a vaccine as supplies allow. Hospital will call patients with high-risk conditions to schedule. Using Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Non-patients and people without access to the online portal can call 218-249-4200. The line is staffed from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Essentia Health in Duluth, Virginia, Ely and Aurora: All eligible groups. Administering to patients and general public. Patients and non-patients can both now make an appointment through Essentia's myChart portal at essentiamyhealth.org. Can also call 833-494-0836 to ask about scheduling an appointment. Using Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Essentia mobile vaccine clinic — Organizations that need assistance administering vaccines can request at essentiahealth.org/covid-19/covid-19-community-response-team.

A pop-up vaccine clinic will be held at the First Covenant Church in Duluth's Lincoln Park from 12-4 p.m. Friday, April 16. To register call 218-722-5451 or email office@firstcovduluth.org. Essentia will administer single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines to anyone age 18 and older.

Scenic River Health Services Cook, Eveleth and Tower: All eligible groups. To make an appointment in Cook call 218-361-3297, to make an appointment in Tower call 218-753-2405 and to make an appointment in Eveleth call 218-361-3300.

Pharmacies

Thrifty White in Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes and Virginia: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine. If no appointments are available people can join waitlist to be notified when they open. If the location is not listed, there are no openings.

Walmart in Hermantown, Hibbing and Mountain Iron: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.

Sam's Club in Hermantown: Eligible groups. Do not need to be a Sam's Club member. Schedule an appointment at samsclub.com/pharmacy/immunization?imzType=covid.

Casey Drug in Chisholm: All eligible groups. Offers Johnson & Johnson and Moderna. Schedule an appointment at caseydrugpharmacy.com.

Cub Pharmacy in Duluth: Age 65 and older and health care workers. Call 651-779-2030 to make an appointment.

CVS Pharmacy at Target in Duluth: All eligible groups. Registration for appointments is available at CVS.com, through the CVS Pharmacy app or by calling 800-746-7287. No walk-ins.

Jon's Drug in Eveleth: Call 218-744-2774 to get on a waitlist.

St. Louis County Public Health

Vaccine line: 218-726-2623. Staffed 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Messages returned during business hours.

Community vaccine sites: All eligible groups. One site in Pike Lake, Hermantown, Hibbing and Eveleth. Eligible residents will receive a link to register from county or employer.

State of Minnesota

Duluth: All eligible groups. Community vaccination site at Duluth Entertainment Convention Center opened Monday, Feb. 8. Register at mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/community-vaccination-program/index.jsp.

Carlton County

Carlton County Public Health

Vaccine hotline: Age 16 and older. Call 218-499-6310 to schedule an appointment.

Hospitals

Community Memorial Hospital: All eligible groups. Can register at cloquethospital.com/covid-vaccine; they do not have to be patients of CMH or Raiter Family Clinic. CMH will contact eligible patients who complete the form when vaccine is available.

Essentia Health-Moose Lake: All eligible groups. Administering to patients and general public. Patients and non-patients can both now make an appointment through Essentia's myChart portal at essentiamyhealth.org. Can also call 833-494-0836 to ask about scheduling an appointment. Using Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Gateway Family Health Clinic in Moose Lake: Patients age 65 and older. Call the vaccine line at 218-485-2014 or register at gatewayclinic.com/covid-vaccine-request.

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Vaccine clinics: Open to age 18 and older who are Fond du Lac Band enrollees, Fond du Lac Band employees and first- or second-generation descendants of those who are band enrollees. Vaccines also open to those 18 and older who live in the band's service area and are either a member of another federally recognized tribe, a first- or second-generation descendent of someone who is, a non-Indigenous household member of anyone eligible as well as Indigenous Canadians. Call 218-878-3791 or 218-878-3732 to make appointment.

Pharmacies

Thrifty White in Cloquet and Moose Lake: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine. If no appointments are available people can join waitlist to be notified when they open. If the location is not listed, there are no openings.

Walmart in Cloquet: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.

Itasca County

Hospitals

Essentia Health-Deer River: All eligible groups. Call 218-786-1750.

— Administering to patients and general public. Patients and non-patients can both now make an appointment through Essentia's myChart portal at essentiamyhealth.org. Can also call 833-494-0836 to ask about scheduling an appointment. Using Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital in Grand Rapids: Age 16 and older with underlying medical conditions and anyone age 50 and older. To make an appointment, log in to mychart.fairview.org/MyChart or call 218-326-7344. Appointments are being scheduled one week at a time, with the schedule for the week opening up on Mondays at 9:00 AM.

Scenic Rivers Health Services in Bigfork: All eligible groups. To make an appointment call 218-361-3274.

Bigfork Valley Hospital: Call 218-743-4444, Option 4 or email COVIDWaitList@BigforkValley.org.

Itasca County Public Health

COVID message line: 218-327-6784. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information about vaccination options and current local data, go to co.itasca.mn.us/798/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information.

Clinics: Periodic public clinics will be available and announced on Itasca County Public Health's Facebook page and through public announcements.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Cass Lake Indian Health Services: Includes all IHS-eligible patients age 18 and older, with elders given priority. Call 218-368-4763 to reserve an appointment. Tribal nations can deviate from state and federal vaccine guidelines.

Pharmacies

Thrifty White in Grand Rapids: All eligible groups. Appointments can be made at thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine. If the location is not listed, there are no openings. Pfizer and Moderna.

Walmart in Grand Rapids: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.

Lake County

Lake County Public Health and Lake View Hospital & Medical Clinics: All eligible groups. Pop-up clinics for Lake County are offered when enough vaccine doses are received. Register for an appointment at co.lake.mn.us/ hotline, 218-834-8434, to hear recorded messages about scheduled pop-up clinics and how to make an appointment. The message is updated each weekday morning. Clinics scheduled on short notice. When making an appointment, provide name, mailing address, email, phone number, date of birth and mother's maiden name.

Cook County

Cook County Public Health

Vaccine clinic: All eligible groups. Registration reopens each Monday at 8 a.m. at cookcountycovid19.org. Those unable to register online can call 218-877-8273 or email covid19hotline@co.cook.mn.us for support. Offering Pfizer and Moderna.

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Vaccine hotline: All band members, residents in Grand Portage area and employees should call 218-475-2235 to schedule time to get vaccinated. Tribal nations can deviate from federal and state vaccine guidelines.

Douglas County

Douglas County Public Health

Vaccine hotline: 715-395-7336. Leave name with spelling, birthdate and phone number. Only call one time. Public Health will contact you when vaccine is available. Limited supply. Public health can also set up visits to vaccinate people who are homebound.

Community-based vaccination clinic: Douglas County will split community-based vaccination clinic with Barron County. The site will open mid-April at University of Wisconsin-Superior's Wessman Arena.

Hospitals

St. Luke's Mariner Medical Clinic in Superior: All eligible groups. Designated vaccine distribution site by Wisconsin Department of Health. Appointments through myCare portal at slhduluth.com/mycare or contacted by St. Luke's; do not call.

Essentia Health St. Mary's-Superior Clinic in Superior: All eligible groups. Administering to patients and general public. Patients and non-patients can both now make an appointment through Essentia's myChart portal at essentiamyhealth.org. Can also call 833-494-0836 to ask about scheduling an appointment. Using Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Lake Superior Community Health Center in Superior: All eligible patients. Staff calls patients as appointments become available.

Pharmacies

Walgreens in Superior: All eligible groups. Make appointment at walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp.

Walmart in Superior: All eligible groups. Do not need to be a pharmacy customer. Schedule an appointment at walmart.com/cp/1228302.

State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin launched its vaccine registry program March 1. Sign up at vaccinate.wi.gov or call 844-684-1064 toll-free for personal assistance and answers to vaccine-related questions.

This story was last updated at 5:10 p.m. April 7. It was originally posted Feb. 11.