COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Planning - Minnesota Dept. of Health
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COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Planning

Early in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign when vaccine supply was limited, vaccination took a phased approach. Find information below on the phases.

Phases of COVID-19 vaccination

Phase 1a

This phase included health care personnel (paid and unpaid) and long-term care residents.

Minnesota Guidance for Allocating and Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccine – Phase 1a (PDF)
Updated 3/10/21

Phases 1b, 1c, and 2

Phases 1b and 1c included populations at high risk for severe disease and essential workers. Phase 2 included general public.

Minnesota Guidance for Allocating and Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccine – Phases 1b, 1c, 2 (PDF)
Updated 3/10/21

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) determined the priority groups that received vaccine first. The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group reviewed the ACIP guidelines and made detailed recommendations to the governor for how to apply the guidelines in Minnesota.

Planning for COVID-19 vaccine

Local public health, health care coalitions, and MDH worked together on vaccination plans.

Read the executive summary of the Minnesota Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for more information.


Updated Monday, 09-May-2022 08:03:57 CDT