COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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April 6, 2023


Help eligible Minnesotans keep their public insurance

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is asking for your support in communicating to the 1.5 million Minnesotans who rely on the state’s public health care programs for their health insurance (Minnesota’s Medicaid program) of upcoming changes. 

Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare renewals were paused during the pandemic to help Minnesotans access care and maintain high insurance coverage rates in the state. According to federal law, a renewal process will be restarted, and people must have their eligibility reviewed once a year to ensure they still qualify for these programs. That means one in four Minnesotans will need to have their eligibility for their public health insurance reviewed to ensure they can keep their coverage. 

Since the renewal process is paper-based and relies on postal mail, it is critical for enrollees to update their contact information, including their phone number, email, and home address, if they have moved in the last three years.  

Enrollees must complete the renewal process to keep their insurance and avoid gaps in coverage. For more information, refer to DHS: Overview: Resuming public health care program renewals.   

Numerous resources have also been created for community partners to communicate these changes and can be found at DHS: Communication toolkits for partners. 

We appreciate your support and cooperation in this important work for the Minnesotans we serve.  

Monovalent COVID-19 vaccines

Monovalent COVID-19 vaccines are still available, there is ample supply, and they are the only option approved for primary series vaccination. Using bivalent vaccine for the primary series is not currently authorized or recommended with one exception. Children ages 6 months through 4 years who are currently completing a Pfizer primary series will receive a Pfizer updated (bivalent) vaccine as their third primary dose. For more details, including recommendations and schedules, refer to CDC: Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines and CDC: Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters. 

You can also use Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you to locate specific COVID-19 vaccines near you. We strongly encourage you to updates the COVID-19 vaccines being offered at your location using the State of Minnesota COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Sites form. Doing so will update the information on the Find COVID-19 vaccine locations site. 

Find previous bulletins at COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Updates.