COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Information accurate as of March 1, 2021.

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We know that it is challenging to find out who is eligible to receive the vaccine and where vaccine will be available. Olmsted Medical Center is following vaccination recommendations and guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the State of Minnesota. 

It is important to note that the State of Minnesota and MDH manage all vaccine allotment. Although vaccine is allotted each week across the state, not every healthcare organization will receive an allotment of vaccine. As a result, it will take time and patience to vaccine all our patients who want to be vaccinated.

At OMC, we remain committed to providing the COVID-19 vaccination to our patients and will reach out to patients as they become eligible. We are currently offering vaccinations to patients 70+ (as well as others in the same household age 65+) through a randomized process, as we have vaccine available. When we finish with this group we will be offering vaccine to patients working down through the age groups, as vaccine is available and depending on the amount of vaccine we receive. We do not have a timeframe for when the next age group will start or what ages will be included.

Patients who are eligible for the vaccine will be contacted by OMC, there is no sign-up list. For our patients who are not able to be on OMC MyChart, they will be contacted by phone or text.

Please do not call your care provider about getting the vaccine, we will contact you.

From the State of Minnesota website: who can get their vaccine now?

  • Minnesotans aged 65 or older
  • Health care workers at health care facilities in Minnesota
  • Long-term care residents and staff members at long-term care facilities in Minnesota
  • Pre-kindergarten through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff members, or contracted school staff members, at schools in Minnesota
  • Child care staff members at licensed and certified child care centers or programs in Minnesota
  • Click on the below image for a large view:

MDH graphic of who will get vaccinated

Information about the State of Minnesota’s vaccination plan.

  • The Governor has indicated he wants to vaccinate people as quickly as possible. He also states he wants to be sure that any organization receiving vaccine can use what they receive.
  • MDH has told all healthcare organizations to begin to vaccinate people 65 years of age and over. Healthcare organizations have been told they could do this at the same time they were completing phase 1a vaccinations of healthcare workers, as long as they had enough supply of the vaccine. OMC does not have a supply of vaccine to do this.
  • At the same time, the State of Minnesota began a pilot for community-based vaccinations in nine locations. This pilot was for individuals 65+ as well as teachers and childcare workers.  Rochester was one of the pilot locations. To participate in the pilot, individuals who fit the qualifications needed to register through the State of Minnesota either by phone or by filling out a form on their website.
  • Due to the limited vaccine available, MDH made the decision to give most of Minnesota’s healthcare allotment of vaccine to the “Big 10” healthcare organizations.  The Big 10 are the 10 largest healthcare organizations in the state.  OMC is not considered one of the Big 10, we are considered a small to mid-sized healthcare organization. 
    • For healthcare organizations, such as OMC, it was decided a very limited amount of vaccine would be distributed using a randomized distribution process put in place by the State of Minnesota. Using this process meant that only some healthcare organizations received vaccine. 

Olmsted Medical Center, along with other healthcare organizations, will continue to work together to ask the Minnesota Department of Health to change their process for allotting vaccines.  We believe all healthcare organizations across the state should have the same access to the vaccine.   

OMC Information

Information verified on February 1, 2021.

Olmsted Medical Center is actively monitoring the latest CDC and MDH guidelines for vaccine distribution. We are committed to providing the COVID-19 vaccination to our patients. It is important to note that the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health manage vaccine allotment across the state.

Eligible patients will be contacted by OMC when vaccine becomes available for them. OMC does not know when we will get vaccine or the amount of the vaccine that will be available to us. We are ready for any quantity of vaccine we receive.  As more information becomes available, we will provide updates.

To help you prepare for when the vaccine becomes available, we would like to invite you to sign up for OMC MyChart, our patient portal. Using OMC MyChart offers a quick and easy way to receive information about your eligibility to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You will even be able to schedule your vaccination appointment using OMC MyChart, when the time comes.

To sign up for OMC MyChart, visit

State of Minnesota Pilot

It was announced that Rochester is among one of the cities in Minnesota designated as a pilot site for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a pilot through the State of Minnesota and people interested in learning if they are eligible to receive the vaccine must follow instructions on the website for the State of Minnesota.

From their website on January 26:

“NEW! We are now using a random selection process for appointments at our pilot community vaccination sites.

  • If you were on the waitlist last week, you will be automatically pre-registered for the random selection this week and do not need to pre-register again.
  • Minnesotans aged 65 and over can now pre-register for a chance to schedule an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine through Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program. Pre-registration is not first come, first served. Signing up for the pre-registration list means you will have a chance to be randomly selected, so you do not have to register right away. Anyone who is on the pre-registration list at the time of random selection will have the opportunity to be chosen to make an appointment for a vaccine.
  • If you prefer to get your vaccine at your regular health care provider, you do not need to contact them at this time. They will soon be reaching out to all eligible Minnesotans to schedule appointments for vaccination.”