COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Please note: COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at this time.
M Health Fairview is currently giving COVID-19 vaccines to all individuals ages 12 and older. To make an appointment for individuals ages 12-17, please call 612-336-2690. For more information on what to expect at your vaccine appointment, please read the FAQs below.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 30, we will offer third booster doses of the of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain high-risk groups. To find out whether you are eligible, please scroll down to review the information in our FAQ.
Additionally, third doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to immunocompromised patients. To find out whether you are eligible, please scroll down to review the information in our FAQ.
COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form
All patients will need to provide a completed consent form to receive their vaccine. If you are 12-17 years old, you will need to provide a consent form (links below) that is signed by your parent or guardian at your appointment. If a parent will come with you to your appointment, you can complete the form at that time. If you are age 18 or older, you can do this at your appointment or fill it out ahead of time and bring it to your appointment. Find the consent form below, or it is also available in the following languages: Arabic, Amharic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Efforts
The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing persistent health inequities for communities of color and Indigenous communities and is exacerbating Minnesota’s racial disparities. Learn more about our efforts to make vaccinations accessible, affordable, and available within a trusted space with appropriate language and cultural considerations.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Some COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. Please choose a first appointment that allows you to return exactly 21 days (Pfizer/BioNTech) or 28 days (Moderna) later at the same location (depending on the vaccine). Your second vaccine appointment will be scheduled when you receive your first dose, if a second dose is needed.
*Please note: Individuals that are 12 to 17 years of age must receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
There are 3 options to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Most Retail Pharmacies: Our retail pharmacies are now scheduling appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations. Please call your local pharmacy location to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. The Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at our retail pharmacies.
*Please note: Supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is currently extremely limited.
- Four HUB Sites: To schedule an appointment at a hub site listed below, please log onto your MyChart or call 612-336-2690, option 1. The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are offered to patients age 12 and older at the following hub sites:
- Some Primary Care Locations: Primary Care clinics have the COVID-19 vaccine available for patient’s during scheduled appointments. Please ask your provider about the options during your visit.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19, to allow for use of a single booster dose in certain high-risk groups.
The booster vaccinations are a wonderful opportunity to provide additional immune protection to those whose immune systems are particularly vulnerable, or those at most risk of exposure. This does not mean that your initial vaccination is not working. Data shows that the COVID-19 vaccines – no matter the manufacturer – are still providing excellent protection from both getting the coronavirus and becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 30, M Health Fairview will start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:
• People 65 years and older.
• Residents in long-term care settings.
• People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions.
• People ages 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions.
• People ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of where they live or work.
To be eligible to receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, six months must have passed since your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. If you received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you need to do nothing at this time. Additional information will be shared with you on Moderna and/or Johnson a& Johnson vaccine boosters when it is available.
If you have a condition that is not outlined above and believe you need a booster, please consult with your healthcare provider.
We are now offering third doses of the of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to immunocompromised patients who previously received these vaccines. If you already received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, no further action is needed at this time. Qualified patients can schedule their third dose vaccine appointments via MyChart or you can walk in to one of our retail pharmacies to receive the vaccine – no appointment needed. If you are an existing patient who is immunocompromised, you will also receive an invitation to schedule your vaccine appointment via MyChart message or mail.
While we have made some progress in the fight against COVID-19 with public health measures like masking and social distancing, widespread vaccination is the only way that we can stop the pandemic. Not only does getting the vaccine protect you against severe illness from COVID-19, it also reduces the chances that you will spread it to others, including your family and friends.
Yes. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 produce antibodies that offer some protection against the virus, but the COVID-19 vaccine offers more protection than natural immunity. Natural immunity alone is less than half as effective as natural immunity plus vaccination. Research has found that natural immunity also fades faster than vaccine immunity.
- Log into your M Health Fairview MyChart account at https://mychart.fairview.org
- Select the Menu option in the top left corner of the page
- Scroll down to My Record and select COVID-19. You can also search for it in the search bar.
- The COVID-19 homepage will display all COVID-19 tests and vaccines completed. Click the blue Download vaccination record to get a printable PDF for proof of vaccination.
- Access the PDF by clicking the Document tab that appears in the bottom left corner of your screen.
- Open the MyChart app on your mobile device.
- If this is the first time using the app, select Add Organization and search for “MHealth.” Select the M Health Fairview and M Physicians logo.
- Log in to the MyChart app.
- Click the Menu button on the home page.
- Scroll down to My Record and select COVID-19. You can also search for it in the search bar.
- The COVID-19 homepage will display all COVID-19 tests and vaccines completed. Click the green Download/Export button to get a shareable PDF for proof of vaccination.
M Health Fairview is following guidelines on lost vaccine cards from the Minnesota Department of Health. Lost Your Vaccine Card? (state.mn.us)
If you received your first or second dose at any M Health Fairview location, we would issue you a new vaccine card when you receive your second or additional dose.
If you misplace your vaccine card and have been fully vaccinated by M Health Fairview, quickly access your COVID-19 vaccine records through your M Health Fairview MyChart account. Login here.
In addition, you can obtain a copy of your vaccination record from the Minnesota Department of Heath at Find My Immunization Record www.health.state.mn.us/people/immunize/miic/records.html.
If you are presenting for your second dose after receiving your first dose outside of the M Health Fairview system, you must present with your original vaccine card. Please contact the company where you received your first dose to obtain another vaccine card.
Yes, M Health Fairview will provide the second dose of the same vaccine if the patient has their vaccine card from their first dose.
Please discuss your COVID-19 vaccine options and concerns with your provider. - If you are pregnant, lactating (nursing) or have a weakened immune system, review special details about the vaccine on the COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding (cdc.gov)
On the day of your COVID-19 vaccine, wear a short-sleeved shirt for ease of receiving the vaccine in the upper arm and a mask covering your nose and mouth. Only those getting a vaccine should come to the appointment. However, patients under the age of 18, can have a parent or guardian present.
All patients will need to provide a completed consent form to receive their vaccine. If you are 12-17 years old, you will need to provide a consent form (links below) that is signed by your parent or guardian at your appointment. If a parent accompanies you to your appointment, you can complete the form at that time. If you are age 18 or older, you can do this at your appointment or fill it out ahead of time and bring it to your appointment. Find the , or it is also available in the following languages: , , , , , , , , , and .
You need two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose. You must get the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine 21 days after the first dose, and the second dose of the Moderna vaccine 28 days after the first. Please make sure you are available for your second dose when scheduling your first dose. If you are receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, you will be scheduled for the second dose during your first vaccination appointment.
You will be greeted by a healthcare professional who is an experienced vaccinator. They will ask you some basic questions regarding your health, and have you complete a consent form.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be injected into your upper arm, so plan to wear a short-sleeved shirt. The vaccinator will fill out a vaccine card for you to take with you; please bring that same card back for your second dose if you are receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
After receiving the vaccination, you will be asked to wait nearby for a 15-minute observation period to monitor you for immediate adverse reactions.
If you have a history of allergic reactions to a vaccine, you will be asked to wait nearby for a 30-minute observation period. Our vaccinators are prepared to respond to adverse reactions during the observation time. They will have access to EpiPens and guidance on how to care for individuals experiencing reactions.
The COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech,Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) are all safe and highly effective at preventing severe cases of COVID-19, hospitalization, and death due to the disease. Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in the US | CDC
The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines do not use live or weakened versions of the coronavirus causing COVID-19. Instead, these vaccines have genetic material called mRNA or “messenger RNA” that is taken from the virus. Both vaccines come in two doses. People receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will need a second dose 21 days after the first, while those who get the Moderna vaccine will need a booster 28 days later. If you are immunocompromised or at higher risk, you may qualify for a third booster dose of these vaccines. Please review the information in this FAQ about booster doses to find out whether you are eligible.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine comes in a single dose and uses a “vector vaccine” method. Vector vaccines use another weakened virus – in this case, it’s an adenovirus called Ad26 – to deliver genetic material that tricks your body into making a protein which stimulates your body’s immune response.
The Pfizer/BioNTECH and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are not fully effective unless you receive both doses. The first dose of the vaccine triggers your immune system response and the second dose completes the process so that you have the best-possible protection. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine only requires a single dose for full effectiveness.
Like other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines are not 100 percent effective, and there is a small chance someone who is fully vaccinated may still get a breakthrough case of COVID-19. Some studies suggest the chance of getting a breakthrough infection is 0.05%. In Minnesota as of Sept. 20, only 23,330 breakthrough cases have been reported among the roughly 3.1 million people fully vaccinated, a rate of .749%.
However, the chances for a severe infection, hospitalization, or death are much lower for vaccinated people. If a vaccinated person gets COVID-19, the symptoms are likely to be less severe than in an unvaccinated person. Current studies show that vaccinated people are five times less likely to get infected and 10 times less likely to experience hospitalization or death, according to the CDC.
People who get breakthrough infections can spread COVID-19 to others. People who are already immunocompromised because of another illness are at higher risk for a breakthrough case, even if fully vaccinated. The CDC recommends that they take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until told otherwise by their doctor or healthcare professional.
Breakthrough infections are rare. If you think you may have COVID-19 after getting vaccinated, we recommend that you get diagnostic testing. If positive test results confirm that you have a breakthrough case, you should isolate at home from others for at least 10 days after the first day of symptoms or the first positive test to minimize the chance of spreading the disease, while continuing to monitor your symptoms. People who are immunocompromised or experience a severe case should isolate at home for 20 days after the first symptoms appear or after the first positive test.
If you are concerned that your COVID-19 symptoms are worsening, please contact your medical provider. Learn more about symptoms and when to seek help.