ST. PAUL, MN-- Governor Walz and community leaders spoke Tuesday at Shiloh Temple International Ministries to highlight the partnership with more than 30 community-based organizations to help connect Minnesotans with the COVID-19 vaccine.
The partnership works to make sure Minnesotans have access to the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector as well as other COVID-19 resources.
“Last week, we announced the roll-out of the Vaccine Connector – a tool to help Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their vaccine,” said Governor Walz. “I’m thrilled that we have invested in organizations on the ground to help connect Minnesota’s diverse communities with the vaccine. We are committed to making it as easy as possible for Minnesotans from every community to get the vaccine when it’s their turn.”
“We know many communities, including BIPOC communities, face barriers to accessing the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Trusted organizations like these are deeply embedded in their communities and play a vital role in ensuring that folks in every community feel connected to our vaccine network and know how to get vaccinated safely and confidently.”
According to Walz's office, COVID-19 Community Coordinators work directly with communities hit hardest by COVID-19, including communities of color, American Indian communities, LGBTQ+ communities, and Minnesotans with disabilities.
In addition to connecting them to vaccines, they continue to help community members find critical resources to address the impacts of COVID-19, such as employment, food access, housing, child care, and legal rights.
The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) COVID Community Coordinators initiative contracts with 19 culturally specific organizations to serve African American, African immigrant, American Indian, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities in Minnesota.
MDH is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to contract with disabilities-centered community based organizations.
MDH is also partnering with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Refugee and Immigrant Resettlement Network to contract with refugee service agencies across the state.
To find a COVID Community Coordinator click here.