This page answers common questions you may have about the COVID-19 vaccines that will soon become available to NHS patients. We understand that there is uncertainty around new vaccines and want to offer as much reassurance and information as possible.
3/25/2021 update: We are now vaccinating current NHS patients age 18 and up. We will also vaccinate anyone age 65+, whether or not they are an established patient, with or without chronic conditions. Please call 612-588-9411 to schedule a vaccination appointment.
If you are not an established NHS patient or do not meet the above criteria, find your vaccine using the MHD Vaccine Connector.
We will update this page with vaccine eligibility developments as they occur.
Note: If you are an eligible NHS patient but have already received your vaccine elsewhere, please let us know so we can focus our outreach efforts on not-yet-vaccinated patients.
4/1/2021 Update: You may be aware that the governor has extended eligibility to include people as young as 16. However, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16- and 17-year-olds. NHS does not currently have a supply of the Pfizer vaccine, and so is unable to vaccinate patients under age 18 at this time. We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. Please do not schedule vaccination appointments for patients under age 18 at this time.
4/12/52021 Update: As you may have heard in the news, the FDA and CDC have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine while they investigate 6 cases of rare blood clots reported in patients who received the vaccine. While these instances are exceedingly rare (6 out of nearly 7 million doses given), NHS will be suspending the use of our small supply of the J&J vaccine in accordance with the CDC/FDA recommendation. To learn more, read the full FDA/CDC joint statement.
5/5/2021 Update: NHS has resumed use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine per CDC recommendations.
When will the vaccine be available for NHS patients?
What can I expect when I get the vaccine?
Why do I need 2 doses of the vaccine?
Will I have any side effects?
What are common side effects of the vaccine?
Will I be able to go out in public without a mask after I get my vaccine?
Which vaccines will be given at NHS clinics?
Why should I be vaccinated?
Is the vaccine safe?
Is the vaccine safe for pregnant people/nursing parents?
There is currently no evidence that suggests the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe for pregnant or breastfeeding people. Please consult your provider for more information about whether or not being vaccinated for COVID-19 is the right choice for you.
Is the vaccine safe for children?
Should I get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?
Yes. While data is limited on this matter, it may be possible to contract COVID-19 again if you have already had it. To avoid becoming sick again and spreading the disease to others, vaccination is the best choice.