- Vaccine Eligibility
- Make an Appointment
- Waitlist Information
- 2nd Dose Recipients
- Future Clinics
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What to Do if You Feel Sick
Who can get a vaccine right now?
Rice County Public Health is following MDH guidance and continuing to prioritize vaccine for those who live or work in Rice County, within priority groups through phase 1c, due to continued limited vaccine supplies. This includes the following groups:
- Seniors (65+) living in Rice County area.
- PreK-12 Educators and child care workers working or living in Rice County. Proof of work required at appointment. Pre-kindergarten through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff members or contracted school staff members.
- Childcare staff members at licensed and certified childcare centers or programs in Rice County.
- Healthcare workers providing direct healthcare services in Rice County and people working at health care facilities, first responders who provide direct patient care as part of the EMS system, residents of congregate settings on the homeless service continuum, residents of domestic violence settings, people who are unsheltered, homeless service providers, and primary caregivers for people with complex medical needs or disabilities
- Long-term care residents and staff members at long-term care facilities
- Targeted Essential workers - Food processing facilities in Rice County
- Essential frontline workers living or working in Rice County - Agricultural, airport staff, additional childcare workers not previously eligible, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail, food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, public health workers, public transit, Postal Service workers
- Populations at high risk for severe disease with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk (Most of these individuals will receive vaccine from their regular source of healthcare, but may be vaccinated also by local public health).
- People with specific underlying health conditions: Sickle cell disease, Down Syndrome, or oxygen-dependent chronic lung or heart conditions, and those who are in active cancer treatment or immunocompromised from organ transplant
- People age 45 and older with ONE or more underlying medical conditions listed here; or, age 16 and over with TWO or more underlying medical conditions listed here*
- People 50+ regardless of current health status
- While the Governor's order includes those ages 16 and older, Rice County is currently administering the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for ages 18 and older only. We are unable to administer the Moderna vaccine to youth under 18. Rice County families with children under 18 should contact their health provider to access Pfizer vaccine.
Appointment Disclaimers (Read First)
If you are not a member of one of the eligible groups, you cannot receive a vaccine at this time. If you make an appointment and are not in one of the eligible groups, you will be turned away at the clinic.
Unauthorized appointments are slowing the overall effort to distribute the vaccine and filling spots of those who qualify.
- Accessibility accommodations are available.
- Appointments are required. Please only come at your assigned time, to help maintain adequate social distance.
Be sure to bring the following:
- Healthcare workers: Work ID or paystub from healthcare employer
- PreK-12 Educators and childcare workers: Work ID or paystub
- Seniors 65+: Proof of Rice County area residency (i.e., Driver’s License with Rice County address)
- Phase 1b – tier 2: Employees at Food Processing Facilities. Bring work ID
- Phase 1b – tier 3: Essential workers (Ag, airport, correctional settings, first response, food production, food retail, food service, judicial system, manufacturing, public transit workers, public health workers. Bring work ID
Next Upcoming Clinic
- Current clinics are full. Will update when openings are available.
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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 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 Rice County residents safe and informed. Learn more about vaccine distribution in Minnesota.
What does it mean if I am waitlisted?
If you have been waitlisted, it means the current clinic is full. If someone cancels their appointment, there might be opportunity for you to take their spot the day of the clinic.
Our goal is to use every vaccine possible. Sometimes there are extra doses we can administer within the last hour of a clinic. If there's an opportunity for you to get into one of these potential appointments, you will be notified by email or phone. You must arrive within the allotted timeframe or you will lose the opportunity.
If I was able to get on the waitlist, does that mean I have re-register again for a future clinic?
Yes, each clinic event link is unique and waitlists do not transfer. Some clinics may occur in the same location, but each clinic requires new registration.
Most of our clinics will be located at the Rice County Government Service Center. Accessibility accommodations are available.
Second Dose Recipients
How long should I wait between doses?
Rice County Public Health is administering the Moderna vaccine, which requires a four week period between doses. We will provide you information about signing up for a second dose.
How will I know when to sign up for my second dose?
You will receive an automated email notification from Vaccine Clinics a few weeks after your first appointment with information about signing up for the second appointment. The notification will arrive at the same email you provided during your first appointment signup. Monitor your email and check your SPAM folders just in case.
1. Monitor your email for an automated message from Vaccine Clinics (PrepMod), the vaccine appointment signup system
2. Use the link in the message to sign up for your 2nd appointment
Why isn't Rice County posting more vaccine clinics in advance?
Our ability to plan and post clinics in advance is based on the number vaccines we receive from the state. When we receive this information, our Public Health staff work around the clock to plan clinics. We will post clinics in advance as much as we can.
How are vaccines allocated in Minnesota?
Each week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) determines the allocations of vaccine dosages for local public health agencies, including Rice County Public Health.
We are continuously monitoring and adjusting our vaccination plans and bringing additional priority groups into clinics as vaccine doses and appointments become available. We are prioritizing groups for vaccination based on guidance from MDH, as well as job duties and risk of exposure.
We look forward to helping ensure that all people in Rice County who want the vaccine can get it. We thank everyone for their patience as we move through this challenging process with limited supply.
Learn more about vaccine distribution in Minnesota.
Frequently Asked Questions
MDH COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
COVID-19 vaccine information is changing rapidly! Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has all the current information about the following:
- Find My Vaccine
- When will the vaccine be available
- Who is able to get vaccinated
- Is the vaccine safe
- Why we need a vaccine
- More about the vaccine
- What you can do right now
COVID-19 Vaccination Phases
Information Especially for Health Professionals
Other Health System Guidance
Mayo Clinic's COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance
- Mayo Clinic experts agree: You should get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it's available to you.
- COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked
Allina Clinic's COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance
1. Allina Clinic Vaccine information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Information
- Benefits of Getting a Vaccine
- Different COVID-19 Vaccines
- Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States
- V-Safe-V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination
More information and Resources
- The FDA’s Scientific and Regulatory Oversight of Vaccines is Vital to Public Health
- Biopharma Leaders Unite to Stand with Science
What to Do if You Feel Sick?If you feel sick, please do not attend a vaccination clinic. Instead, please follow these guidelines.
- For general health questions (7am - 7pm): 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
- Schools and child care questions (7am - 7pm): 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
- CDC Guide - What to Do if You Are Sick(in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean)
- CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This tool is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.
- CDC Guide - 10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Symptoms at Home
- Guía en Español - 10 maneras de manejar los síntomas respiratorios en casa