Online tool helps Minnesotans determine when, where to get vaccinated

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new online tool to help Minnesotans determine when and where to get vaccinated for the coronavirus. 

Gov. Tim Walz announced the launch of the "Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector" Thursday. Individuals are asked to provide contact information, demographic data, medical history and employment to determine their eligibility based on state guidelines. 

The tool also includes questions about gender identity, sexual orientation, race, cultural identification and disabilities to help the state track and measure equity and fairness of the vaccine distribution. Individuals can opt out of those questions and still be registered. 

When a person becomes eligible to get vaccinated, the tool will alert them, connect them to resources to schedule an appointment and notify them if there are vaccination opportunities in their area. Minnesotans will still be able to make appointments directly through a registered vaccinator. 

"We still have a frustratingly limited vaccine supply from the federal government, but every Minnesotan should know their chance to get a vaccine will come. Today, we are connecting them directly to that process," Walz said in a statement.

Minnesota is currently vaccinating health care workers, long-term care residents, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators, childcare workers and people age 65 and over.