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In-Home Vaccination Program
The In-Home Vaccination Program provides COVID-19 vaccinations to Minnesotans in their home if they are not able to go to a clinic or other vaccine location to get vaccinated. This may include people with disabilities, chronic health conditions, children, and caregivers.
Who can get an in-home vaccination
Many Minnesotans may have difficulties leaving their home to get vaccinated. These difficulties may come from a person's physical disabilities as well as chronic health conditions and non-apparent disabilities. Children under 5 who need a quieter setting may need to be vaccinated in-home also. Examples of circumstances where someone would be able to get an in-home COVID-19 vaccination include:
- Physical disabilities including sight or hearing loss, or mobility challenges.
- Developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, or learning disabilities.
- Mental health disabilities such as behavioral and trauma-related conditions.
- All types of brain diseases, such as memory loss or traumatic brain injury.
- Young children under 5 years who may require more private or tranquil settings.
This is not a complete list of who may receive an in-home vaccination. If you or someone in your household could benefit from an in-home vaccination, please use the information below to contact an organization and find out more.
Caregivers of people using the in-home vaccination program
Caregivers of people using the in-home vaccination program may get vaccinated at the same time if they let the vaccinator know ahead of time. Caregivers are anyone that provides support to the person, including non-family persons paid to provide services.
Please note: Specific types of vaccine cannot be guaranteed, but if a minor (0-18 years old) is being vaccinated, let the vaccinator know so that the appropriate vaccine can be given to the child and the adult caregiver.
How to request an in-home vaccination
The In-home Vaccination Program is currently paused. Please feel free to submit a referral form but be advised that there may be a delay in the referral process. A vaccinator will reach out to you once the program has resumed. Thank you for your understanding.
People may request in-home vaccination through:
- Minnesota Department of Health Public Hotline – Phone: 1-833-431-2053
- Metropolitan Center for Independent Living - Phone: 1-800-409-5594. Email: email@example.com.
- Self-referral - Complete the online referral form: In-Home Barrier Free Vaccination Program
Requests are sent securely from MDH to a vaccinator in the county where the person lives. Vaccinators may be from local health departments or other local health care organizations that can give vaccines to a person in their home.
What to expect from in-home vaccination
The vaccinator will contact the person by phone or email within one week of receiving a request from MDH. Information collected for the vaccinator includes the person’s first and last name, date of birth, address, phone number and email, county, and any language interpreting needs.
Specific types of vaccine cannot be guaranteed, but if a minor (0-18 years old) is being vaccinated, let the vaccinator know so that the appropriate vaccine can be given. After an in-home vaccine is scheduled, the vaccinator will come to a person’s home at the scheduled date and time to provide the vaccination.