COVID-19 vaccines with HealthPartners & Park Nicollet

We’re preparing for final authorization to start vaccinating people 12 years old or older. Once the CDC gives their authorization, we’ll open scheduling for this age group as soon as we can. Check back soon for more information.

Latest COVID-19 vaccination eligibility

As of May 4, 2021, we're able to schedule vaccination appointments for anyone 16 years old or older.

You don’t have to be a current patient of ours to make an appointment. Appointment availability may change rapidly – we appreciate your patience.

When you come to your appointment, please bring photo identification with you, as well as your insurance ID card (if you have insurance).

Minors can’t make their own vaccine appointments online. 16- and 17-year-old patients should call a clinic to schedule a vaccination appointment. Parents or guardians who have proxy access to their child’s record can also schedule online on their child’s behalf.

A parent or guardian must attend vaccine appointments with their child – parental consent is required for anyone under 18 years old to be vaccinated.

Our weekly vaccine appointment availability is based on the number of doses we receive from state health officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Each week, we learn how many doses we’ll receive for the following week. Once we know that, we add appointments to our schedule. You must make an appointment to get vaccinated – no walk-in vaccinations are available.

Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine

At your appointment, you’ll receive one of three COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): either a Pfizer vaccine, Moderna vaccine or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

All vaccines are effective against COVID-19. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, while the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is given as a single dose.

For detailed information about each COVID-19 vaccine, please review:

Your appointment will last roughly 30 minutes, including check-in and consent, vaccination, and observation. Wear a T-shirt or other loose-fitting clothing so we can easily access your upper arm to deliver the vaccine.

You’ll get a record card with information about the COVID-19 vaccine you received. Keep this card with your other important documents.

If you need a second dose, we’ll help you schedule it before you leave. Your second-dose appointment will be at the same location as your first appointment. Please bring your vaccination card with you to your second-dose appointment.

After your appointment: 5 things to do

If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine:

  • Your vaccine is administered in two doses, given either 21 or 28 days apart. Before you leave your first appointment, we’ll help you schedule your second-dose appointment.
  • You must receive a second dose for the vaccine to be considered fully effective. If you don’t receive your second dose, you haven’t completed your vaccination. You’re considered immunized against COVID-19 about two weeks after your second dose.

If you receive the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine:

  • Your vaccine is administered as a single dose. You’re considered immunized against COVID-19 about two to four weeks later.
  • There is no second-dose appointment needed.

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that provides personalized health check-ins after you’re vaccinated. V-safe can also remind you to get your second dose. Through v-safe, you can report your health experiences to help keep COVID-19 vaccines safe for everyone.

When you get vaccinated, you’ll receive information about how to enroll in v-safe. If you can’t find this information, give us a call. V-safe is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – V-safe is not affiliated with HealthPartners.

For the first 72 hours after vaccination, you may experience side effects. Symptoms are typically temporary, mild to moderate, and can be managed at home with over-the-counter remedies. If you need additional care, our nurses and doctors are ready to help.

If you need help managing your side effects, or in the unlikely event they appear to be worsening, please call your doctor. You can also call our nurses 24/7 at 800-551-0859 (HealthPartners CareLine℠) or 952-993-4665 (Park Nicollet Nurse Line).

VAERS

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national program managed by the CDC and FDA to monitor the safety of all vaccines licensed in the United States. VAERS (PDF) collects and reviews reports of adverse events that happen after vaccination.

An “adverse event” is any health problem or “side effect” that happens after a vaccination. VAERS cannot determine if a vaccine caused an adverse event but can determine if further investigation is needed. VAERS is a service of the CDC and FDA – VAERS is not affiliated with HealthPartners.

Even after vaccines become widely available, it’s likely that social distancing measures, masking guidelines and other COVID-19 safety procedures will continue for some time. Check with state and local health authorities in your area for the latest policies.

Store the vaccination card you received with your other important documents. You may need this card for future reference.

In addition, after you receive your final dose, you can use myHP for iOS to add a proof of vaccination to your iPhone’s Apple Wallet (not available for patients under 18 years old).

Have questions about the vaccines? We’re here to help.

Below you can find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

If you have other questions – or you’d like a personalized vaccine consultation – you can schedule a virtual visit with one of our nurses or doctors. We can help you learn more about the vaccines so you can decide if you’d like to receive one.

Watch a video from the Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians about how the COVID-19 vaccines work and why you should get vaccinated.

Información en español sobre la seguridad de las vacunas contra COVID-19

Mirar un video o mirar una entrevista con Dra. Eva Galvez de la Red de Médicos Migrantes sobre la seguridad de las vacunas y por qué se debe recibirlas.

FAQs on availability

You can get vaccinated at one of our convenient locations in Minnesota or western Wisconsin. Different locations have different vaccines – you’ll be able to choose your location, including some drive-up sites (when available). Drive-up sites offer express appointments for people who’ve already decided they want to be vaccinated.

We’re offering whichever vaccines we’ve been allotted by federal and state health authorities. Availability of vaccines may change from time to time.

Please do not contact our locations directly regarding a vaccine. You must make an appointment online or through the method specified in your invitation. Our locations have the same information you can find on this page.

The Pfizer vaccine is available at:

  • HealthPartners Clinic – Woodbury, MN
  • Hutchinson Health – Hutchinson, MN
  • Lakeview Hospital – Stillwater, MN
  • Methodist Hospital – St. Louis Park, MN
  • Olivia Hospital – Olivia, MN
  • Regions Hospital – St. Paul, MN

The Moderna vaccine is available at:

  • Amery Hospital – Amery, WI
  • HealthPartners Clinic – Apple Valley, MN
  • Hudson Hospital – Hudson, WI
  • Park Nicollet Clinic & Specialty Center – Maple Grove, MN
  • Westfields Hospital – New Richmond, WI

The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is available at:

  • Park Nicollet Clinic – Brooklyn Center, MN (Brookdale)

We don’t have a waiting list for COVID-19 vaccines.

If you’re unable to make an appointment right now, please try again later – our appointment availability may change rapidly based on vaccine supply and patient demand. We appreciate your patience.

Yes. As supply increases into Minnesota and Wisconsin, vaccines are becoming available at several different locations. We encourage our patients to get vaccinated as soon as they’re able to, even if it’s not with us.

You may have vaccine access through pharmacies, community vaccination sites, your nursing home, Veterans Health Administration (the VA), your employer, state programs or somewhere else. If you have the opportunity to get vaccinated through any of these venues, we recommend you do so.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. Wherever you choose to get vaccinated, if you get one of these vaccines, generally you’ll need to receive both doses at the same location. Keep this in mind when you’re making an appointment.

For vaccinations (except at Veterans Health Administration) in Minnesota or Wisconsin, your medical record will be automatically updated during your next appointment with us. There’s nothing else you need to do.

For vaccinations at Veterans Health Administration or in other states, please bring your vaccination card with you to your next appointment with us. We’ll use the information on your card to update your medical record.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. Generally, you’ll need to receive both doses at the same location. This is because each location receives an identical allotment of first and second doses from public health authorities.

In some cases, we may be able to schedule you for a second dose even if you didn’t get your first dose with us. You must be a current HealthPartners patient.

In addition, for second-dose-only appointments, you must have received your first dose:

  • In a different state from the one you live in; OR
  • While you were a patient in a transitional care unit (TCU) and you were discharged before getting your second dose; OR
  • At a pharmacy, state vaccine clinic or county vaccine clinic that’s no longer receiving the same vaccine brand as your first dose

Please call your clinic for more information if you believe you’re eligible for a second-dose-only appointment.

After you get vaccinated, you’ll get a record card with information about the COVID-19 vaccine you received. Keep this card with your other important documents.

In addition, after you receive your final dose, you can use myHP for iOS to add a proof of vaccination to your iPhone’s Apple Wallet (not available for patients under 18 years old).

We’re dedicated to equity in vaccine distribution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also emphasizes the importance of equity, noting, “To reduce the substantial toll COVID-19 has had on individuals and communities, we need to work together to address inequities in the social determinants of health that increase risk of severe illness from COVID-19 for racial and ethnic minority groups.”

FAQs on eligibility

The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for people 16 years old and older. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are currently authorized for people 18 years old and older.

Minors can’t make their own vaccine appointments online. 16- and 17-year-old patients should call a clinic to schedule a vaccination appointment. Parents or guardians who have proxy access to their child’s record can also schedule online on their child’s behalf.

A parent or guardian must attend vaccine appointments with their child – parental consent is required for anyone under 18 years old to be vaccinated. Consent will be requested during the appointment.

If you’re a current patient of ours, and you’re listed as your child’s emergency contact in their medical record, you can set up proxy access to your child’s account online. If you’re unsure if you’re listed as an emergency contact, please call your clinic.

To set up proxy access:

  1. Sign in to your own online account
  2. Select your name in the upper right-hand corner
  3. Select “Contact settings” or “My care” on the left-hand side
  4. Select “Request access to your child’s account”
  5. Fill out the form

Your request may take up to four business days to be processed. We’ll send you a message once it’s complete.

No. HealthPartners is required to follow state and federal laws that protect a person’s privacy. These laws taken together have shaped our policies. As a result, we don’t allow minors to create online care accounts.

For most people, getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible is the safest choice. However, trials testing the vaccines in people who are pregnant or nursing haven’t been completed.

To help you make an informed decision, discuss COVID-19 vaccination with your doctor or midwife. The choice to get vaccinated while pregnant or nursing is always yours. Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, do recommend pregnant or nursing mothers have access to the vaccine. 

Yes. But if your COVID-19 was confirmed by a PCR test, you have natural immunity for at least 90 days.

Because of this, we’re asking patients who’ve recently had COVID-19 to wait 90 days before getting vaccinated. If it’s been over 90 days since you had COVID-19, your ability to schedule should be updated within a week or so. 

You must wait at least 14 days between getting the COVID-19 vaccination and any another vaccinations, such as flu, shingles or something else.

You must wait at least 14 days between getting the COVID-19 vaccination and any another vaccinations, such as flu, shingles or something else.

If you’re currently enrolled in the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial, you can learn whether you received a placebo or the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is called unblinding – it will give you information to help you decide whether you’d like to be vaccinated with a currently authorized vaccine.

If you’re interested in another vaccine, please schedule a vaccination appointment. Then call 651-254-5331 to start the unblinding process.

Please note that we’ll only be unblinding trial participants 48 hours before they’re scheduled to receive one of the authorized vaccines. This allows us to gather as much data as possible. Unblinded participants are still eligible to continue in the study.

FAQs on effectiveness and safety

Yes. Preliminary data suggests all currently authorized vaccines are effective in preventing illness from COVID-19, with the greatest protection coming against severe illness, hospitalization and death.

  • For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both vaccine doses are necessary for maximum protection. While there appears to be some protection after just one dose, efficacy of a single dose has not been systematically evaluated.

There isn’t yet enough data to say whether​ someone who was vaccinated may still spread the disease to others. That means wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent handwashing and other preventive measures are still recommended after vaccination.

All vaccines are effective, and all vaccines are considered clinically equivalent in preventing hospitalization and death due to severe COVID-19.

Given the excellent performance and effectiveness of all vaccines in this important measurement, we strongly encourage you to receive any authorized vaccine that’s offered. The vaccine you should get is the one you’re able to schedule soonest (once you’re eligible).

All vaccine manufacturers must meet strict safety standards. These standards were established before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the COVID-19 vaccines went through the same rigorous clinical trials that other vaccines go through.

While the COVID-19 vaccines do seem to cause more side effects than a typical flu vaccine, all available evidence suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines are very safe. Side effects are a sign the immune system is responding as it should.

  • Very rare incidents of blood clots have been reported in people receiving the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. If you receive this vaccine, your risk of blood clotting is very low. But seek medical attention if you develop a sudden severe headache, blurred vision, stroke symptoms, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath. The FDA and CDC are confident that the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to be effective. The doses are given either 21 or 28 days apart, depending on which vaccine you receive.

The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is given as a single dose. There is no second dose needed for this vaccine.

Yes. For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both vaccine doses are necessary for maximum protection. While there appears to be some protection after just one dose, efficacy of a single dose has not been systematically evaluated.

If you don’t receive your second dose, you haven’t completed your vaccination. As a result, you can’t be considered immunized against COVID-19, and you’re still at higher risk for getting sick or passing an infection to others.

You should receive your second dose 21 or 28 days after your first dose (depending on which vaccine you received). At your first-dose appointment, we’ll help you schedule your second dose for the right day. If your second-dose appointment is coming up and you won’t be able to make it, please let us know as soon as possible so we can reschedule you. Don’t delay your second dose.

For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines:

  • It takes about two weeks after your second dose for your body to build up protection.

For the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine:

  • It takes about two to four weeks after your single dose for your body to build up protection.

Very few vaccines are 100% effective, and these COVID-19 vaccines are no exception. Therefore it’s still possible, although unlikely, for a person to get COVID-19 even after getting vaccinated. As a result, it’s important you continue to cover your mouth and nose with a mask, socially distance, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

Continued studies are needed to determine how long these vaccines offer protection against COVID-19.

For the first 72 hours after vaccination, you may experience side effects. Symptoms are typically temporary, mild to moderate and can be managed at home with over-the-counter remedies. If you need additional care, our nurses and doctors are ready to help.

If you need help managing your side effects, or in the unlikely event they appear to be worsening, please talk to your doctor. You can also call our nurses 24/7 at 800-551-0859 (HealthPartners CareLine℠) or 952-993-4665 (Park Nicollet Nurse Line).

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines actually contains the coronavirus. Instead, they teach your body how to recognize and fight it.

It takes a few weeks for each vaccine to become fully effective, so you could get COVID-19 just before or just after you’re vaccinated. That’s why it’s important to continue to take other preventive measures that help protect you, your family and your community.

FAQs on insurance and cost

While the cost of the actual vaccine is covered by the federal government, insurance plans will cover the cost of administering the vaccine – you won’t pay anything.

HealthPartners health plan members have 100% coverage for the COVID-19 vaccine. Most other health plans are covering it as well.

If you have any further questions, please check with your insurance company by calling the Member Services number located on your ID card.

If you don’t have health insurance, the costs for administering the vaccine will be covered under a special government program called the Provider Relief Fund. You won’t pay anything.

FAQs on other COVID-19 safety measures

Even after vaccines become widely available, it’s likely that social distancing measures, masking guidelines and other COVID-19 safety procedures will continue for some time.

We know the COVID-19 vaccines are good at preventing people from getting sick. But we don’t yet have enough data yet to say whether someone who was vaccinated may still be able to spread the disease to others.

Check with state and local health authorities in your area for the latest policies.

We recommend everyone who’s able to get the COVID-19 vaccine does so. 

We don’t know enough about COVID-19 to know if population, or herd, immunity is possible. That’s what happens when a majority of the population is immune to a disease and protects those who aren’t by stopping the spread of it. Vaccination is the only way to reach population immunity without many more people getting sick.