How were qualifying medical conditions chosen?
- The list of underlying medical conditions for the next eligibility groups was adapted from conditions listed on CDC’s People with Certain Medical Conditions.
- Minnesota’s list includes recommendations from Minnesota’s health care providers. The list is based on current information and research for conditions that are known to put people at increased risk for severe disease.
How were qualifying essential workers chosen?
- Essential workers were selected by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP used the Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) publishes to help define the groups of workers. ACIP defined frontline essential workers (those included in 1b) as the subset of essential workers likely at highest risk for work-related exposure to COVID-19.
- Sub-prioritization was guided by the risk criteria presented in the Framework for Ethical Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, including:
- Risk of infection: People have higher prioritization because they work or live in settings with a higher risk of transmission occurring because SARS-CoV-2 is circulating.
- Risk of severe morbidity and mortality: People who are older and that have comorbid conditions are at higher risk of severe outcomes and death.
- Risk of transmitting to others (at work and at home): People have higher priority because they live or work in settings where transmission is more likely to occur.
- Risk of negative societal impact: People have higher priority due to the extent that society and other people’s lives depend on them being healthy.
I think I’m an essential worker but I’m not sure given the guidance. How can I find out? Will my employer tell me?
- If you are unsure whether your job qualifies you for a vaccine, you can check with your employer.
If additional conditions are added after the guidance document is finalized, there will inevitably be a barrage of questions about how they can modify their submission on the Vaccine Connector to show they have X new qualifying condition. Will there be a phone number where people can call to update their submission?
- Minnesotans can contact 833-431-2053 to make updates to their Vaccine Connector submissions.
I was already eligible for a shot but I have not gotten one. Why are we expanding eligibility when we haven’t completed earlier phases?
- Minnesota is building out a strong network of providers to vaccinate all Minnesotans. As the supply of vaccine increases, we are expanding eligibility to give more flexibility to providers and get more life-saving vaccine to more people, including those with underlying health conditions and workplace exposure risk.
- Minnesotans who were previously eligible to receive a vaccine are still eligible. Providers will continue to administer doses to healthcare workers, K-12 educators and child care providers, long-term care residents and Minnesotans age 65 years and over.
- We have made great strides vaccinating those populations: In addition to 70% of seniors getting vaccinated this week, nearly 60% of educators and child care workers have been vaccinated, and 71% of healthcare workers have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine.
Are health care providers going to be getting more vaccine allocated to vaccinate these groups, or is vaccination only going to be at special sites?
- We anticipate vaccine deliveries from the federal government will increase in the weeks ahead. As supplies increase, the state is building a strong and stable network of various providers to get vaccine to as many people as possible.
- Minnesotans can find vaccine availability near them using the Vaccine Locator Map.
Can employers require an employee be vaccinated?
- The state cannot provide legal advice to either employers or employees. In December 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released guidance that generally speaks to this topic. Please visit the EEOC website at www.eeoc.gov for additional information and details.