September 2021 newsletter: Information on COVID-19 vaccine, 2022-23 budget hearings, request your absentee ballot for the general election

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September 2021 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Coronavirus/COVID-19 updates.
- 2022-23 budget hearings.
- Request your absentee ballot.
- National Preparedness Month.
- Upcoming events.
- Proclamations.
- In the news.

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COVID-19 updates

Get your free COVID-19 vaccine - plus up to $100 in gift cards

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Now through Sept. 16, Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health is currently providing Visa gift cards to everyone that gets vaccinated at a county-operated clinic:

  • Up to $100 in gift cards for the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine ($50 per dose; doses given 3-4 weeks apart).
  • $100 gift card for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Get your gift card immediately after vaccination - no forms or paperwork required.
  • Gift cards only available for vaccinations received Aug. 13 - Sept. 16 at Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health-operated clinics, while supplies last.

COVID-19 vaccines are free. No medical insurance or ID is required.

For information on Ramsey County-operated clinics, visit, call 651-266-1190 or connect with a trusted Community Connector.

Get vaccinated at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota Department of Health, Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health and Homeland Health are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible State Fair goers.

  • North End Event Center (north of Murphy Avenue).
  • Open daily: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (8 p.m. on Labor Day).
  • Pfizer (age 12 and up - two doses).
  • Johnson & Johnson (age 18 and up - one dose).
  • Walk-ins or appointments welcome.

FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 years of age and older on Aug. 23. The vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization for those 12 to 15 years of age and for those with compromised immune systems who need a third dose.

Learn more from the FDA

2022-23 budget hearings and public meeting

2022-23 budget

County Manager Ryan O'Connor presented the proposed 2022-23 budget to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 24.

The 2022-23 budget calls for an increase in the county’s property tax levy of 1.55% ($5.1 million) in 2022 and 4.54% ($15.1 million) in 2023.

A community conversation about the proposed budget was held on Aug. 30 and presentations on the proposed 2022-23 budget by service team leaders will take place on several dates throughout September. 

Videos of these meetings and additional materials will be posted to

Request your absentee ballot for the Nov. 2 general election

Vote by absentee ballot

Ramsey County voters may vote by using an absentee ballot in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2. All voters can vote absentee in Minnesota. 

Absentee voting for the general election begins Friday, Sept. 17. If you’d like to vote by mail, you can request your ballot and it will be sent to you later this month. You can also vote in person at Ramsey County’s Elections Office in Saint Paul beginning Sept. 17.

Information on voting before Election Day

Disasters don't plan ahead - but you can


September is National Preparedness Month. Take time to talk with your family and community about the types of emergencies that could affect our region, and make a household plan.

Review safety tips and get tools to plan for emergencies


Help inform the county's hazard mitigation plan

Ramsey County Emergency Management & Homeland Security is currently collecting public input to help update the county's multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan.

Share your thoughts by completing a short online survey

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Upcoming events

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, Sept. 7, 21 and 28.

2022-23 Budget Hearings
Dates vary.

Virtual New Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, Sept. 9.

CEO Next Business Institute Information Session
Thursday, Sept. 16.

Employer Connect
Thursday, Sept. 16.

Absentee Voting Begins for General Election
Friday, Sept. 17.

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Site - Saint Paul, across from State Fairgrounds
Fridays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24.
Saturdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25.

Labor Day - holiday
Monday, Sept. 6.
County offices, library locations and yard waste sites closed.

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Suni Lee Day
Presented at Aug. 10 board meeting.

Hospitality Worker Appreciation Month
Presented at Aug. 24 board meeting.

The county is collaborating with Visit Saint Paul and Visit Roseville on Hospitality Future Finder, an initiative designed to help job seekers find employment and also assist hospitality businesses in filling open positions.

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In the news