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Registration and Eligibility Information for COVID-19 Vaccination Event on Thursday, April 1st

Mar 29, 2021 07:49AM ● By Editor
Afton Bonin, director of nursing at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, fills a syringe with the Moderna vaccine Feb. 25 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais, Minn. 
Photo:  Derek Montgomery for MPR News file

From the Cook County Emergency Operations Center and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic - March 29, 2021

Following the recent expanded eligibility criteria announced by Gov. Tim Walz, officials from the Cook County Emergency Operations Center and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic announce that this week’s vaccination events will be open for anyone age 16 years or older.

There will be two vaccination events in Cook County on Thursday that will include a total of 400 first doses and 100 second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. One event will be located at North Shore Health, where the Pifizer-BioNTech vaccine will be offered to anyone ages 16 years or older. The second event will be located at the Cook County Community Center, where the Moderna vaccine will be offered to anyone 18 years or older. Anyone under the age of 18 will need parental consent for vaccination and should have a parent or guardian present with them during the vaccination appointment.

Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines offer a high level of protection from COVID-19.  They both have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA authorized Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for individuals 16 and older, and Moderna for those 18 and older. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website.

Registration is required for both of this week’s events as well as all future vaccine events. Visit the Cook County COVID-19 hub site at for more information and a link to complete the online registration. To register, individuals will need to complete a pre-registration survey and provide:

  • name, address, phone number and date of birth 
  • a valid email address

Although eligibility criteria has expanded, COVID-19 vaccine providers will continue to prioritize:

  • Minnesotans 65 years of age or older
  • Health care personnel
  • Long-term care residents
  • Pre-k to 12th grade educators and child care personnel
  • People with specific underlying health conditions
    • Sickle cell disease, Down Syndrome, or oxygen-dependent chronic lung or heart conditions, and those who are in active cancer treatment or immunocompromised from organ transplant
  • Targeted essential workers
    • Food processing plants
  • People with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk
  • People 45 years of age and older with ONE or more underlying medical conditions; or, age 16 and over with TWO or more underlying medical conditions*
  • People 50 years of age or older in multi-generational housing 
  • Essential frontline workers
    • Agricultural, airport staff, additional child care workers not previously eligible, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail, food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, public health workers, public transit, Postal Service workers
  • Minnesotans 16 years of age and older with any underlying medical condition*
  • Minnesotans age 50-64 (regardless of health condition)
  • All other essential workforces
    • Transportation and logistics, finance, housing/shelter construction, IT/communications, energy, media, legal, public safety, water, and wastewater

Cook County Public Health will continue to do outreach with local businesses to ensure that all essential worker groups know about their eligibility for vaccination.

Assistance is available for those who do not have internet access or need additional help signing up for an appointment. Call 218-877-8273 or email [email protected] or reach out to a trusted friend, family member or service provider.

For current information on vaccine distribution and eligibility, please visit the Cook County COVID-19 hub site at Cook County Public Health will continue to post information about who is currently eligible to register for a vaccine as well as how people in that group can sign up.  Registration for weekly vaccine events will open each Monday at 8 a.m.


Grace Grinager
[email protected] 
Or Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Vaccination Navigator: 
Or Sawtooth Mountain Clinic Vaccination Navigator: 
or [email protected]
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