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Vaccine FAQs

St. Louis County Public Health, along with hospitals, pharmacies, tribal health, the State of Minnesota, and several other health systems, are administering COVID-19 vaccines. Below are answers to the questions we hear most about vaccine appointments and the vaccines themselves.

How/where can I get vaccinated?

Any Minnesotan age 6 months and older is eligible now to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

To make an appointment, we encourage you to contact your medical provider or pharmacy, or visit St. Louis County Public Health vaccine registration . Find other vaccine options near you through the State's vaccine locator.

 If you still have questions please call the St. Louis County COVID information line at 218-725-5210.

 


The COVID-19 vaccination is free to any eligible person who wants it.

What options are available to get my child vaccinated?

All children ages 6 months to 17 years are recommended to receive the COVID vaccine. Find out more about options available for specific age groups here: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens / COVID-19 Updates and Information - State of Minnesota (mn.gov)

Note:  A parent or guardian must accompany the juvenile to the vaccine clinic to sign the consent for vaccination and screening form.

o   An exception will be made for anyone under age 18 who answers “yes” to any of the following questions:

1)      Are you living apart from your parents/guardian and managing your own financial affairs?

2)      Are you currently or have you ever been married?

3)      Have you given birth to a child?

If the answer to all three of these questions is no, the minor must have a parent/guardian consent to the vaccination.

What does "Up to date" mean for COVID vaccinations

Up to date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and all recommended booster doses when eligible.

Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC

Who should get a booster?

Boosters are now recommended for everyone age 5+ when eligible. 
Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters | CDC

Use St. Louis County Public Health vaccine registration  to register for a booster.

 

What is St. Louis County’s role in COVID-19 vaccine administration?

Local Public Health is one of multiple health systems working in partnership to administer the vaccine. 

As has historically been the role of Public Health, we are working to ensure underserved populations who are eligible for the vaccine receive it. 

If you still have questions about vaccine appointments, please email vaccinescheduling@stlouiscountymn.gov or call 218-725-5210.


If you still have questions about vaccine appointments, please email vaccinescheduling@stlouiscountymn.gov or call 218-725--5210.
 



 

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccines have undergone rigorous safety testing. Scientists from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reviewed all information from the testing process and determined the vaccine to be safe.

All the usual steps have been taken to make sure the COVID-19 vaccines are safe. To speed up the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, drug manufacturers built upon previous research, used new and faster methods, and was able to begin making the vaccine in advance.

Experts continue tracking vaccine safety information once vaccines are given in real-life conditions to make sure they are working as expected.

Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens / COVID-19 Updates and Information - State of Minnesota (mn.gov)

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

The most common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines are mild and temporary. They include fatigue, headache, and muscle aches. You may experience some or none of these side effects. When mild side effects occur, they are a normal sign your body is building protection to the virus. If these minor side effects occur, it’s most likely a day or two after getting the vaccine, and go away in a few days. It is more common to experience these side effects after the second dose.

Because a very small percentage of people who’ve received the vaccine have experienced an allergic reaction, individuals are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes at the vaccination site to be monitored by medical staff so they could be treated if necessary. 

Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC

Will I ever have to prove I’ve been vaccinated?

Your vaccination status is your personal data and providers are not able to provide this information to others. However, this information will be available to you to provide to others as proof of vaccination, should an employer or others require this and you are willing to provide your personal vaccination history. No one else is legally able to access your personal vaccination data.

Like all personal health information, COVID-19 vaccination status is protected by federal and state law. Your COVID-19 vaccination status will be entered into the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection. You will also get a card documenting that you received the COVID-19 vaccine.

How can I find my vaccination records?

Some employers, business, and entertainment venues require proof of vaccine as do certain modes of transportation (certain airlines) and in order to enter some foreign countries. 

The white COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card that you received at the time of vaccination is proof that you were vaccinated. You can also request your vaccination records from MDH: Find my Immunization Record .  Another way to access your immunization records is to download the Docket app from the App store or Google Play.

Can I get vaccinated if I'm pregnant/breastfeeding?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all eligible persons ages 12+ including pregnant and lactating individuals, receive a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine series.

ACOG recommends that pregnant and recently pregnant people up to 6 weeks postpartum receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine following the completion of their initial COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine series.

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations for Obstetric–Gynecologic Care | ACOG

COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Would Like to Have a Baby | CDC

 

 

If I’ve had COVID, do I still need to get vaccinated?

You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection to your immune system. You may consider delaying your vaccine by 3 months from when your symptoms started or, if you had no symptoms, when you received a positive test. People who already had COVID-19 and do not get vaccinated after their recovery are more likely to get COVID-19 again than those who get vaccinated after their recovery.

 


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