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Vaccine Priority Groups Update

Per the governor’s update on March 9th, COVID-19 vaccination distribution sites can begin vaccinating the phase 1b, tiers 2 and 3 priority groups as designated by the Minnesota Department of Health on March 10th.

Phase 1b priority groups include:

  • People age 45-64 years with one or more underlying medical conditions listed below.
  • People age 16-44 years (18-44 for those receiving the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) with two or more underlying medical conditions listed below.
    • Active cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD
    • Diabetes – type 1 or 2
    • Down Syndrome
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, HIV, bone marrow disease, chronic steroids for more than 30 days, immunodeficiency disease, or taking immunosuppressive medications
    • Obesity – BMI great than 30 kg/m2
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
  • People with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk.
  • People age 50 years and older in multigenerational housing.
  • Food processing facilities.
  • Agriculture, additional school and childcare workers, airport staff, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail (grocery), food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, postal service workers, public transit workers, public health workers.

For the full list of priority groups, please visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/phase1b1c2.pdf

Lakewood has started a wait list for those priority groups, and people can call 218-894-1515 (choose option #2) to be added. Due to the potentially high call volume, you may need to leave a voicemail with your information. You will be added to the list and contacted to schedule an appointment when doses are available.