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Twin Cities Vaccination Sites Prioritize Hospitality and Food Service Workers

As vaccines are made more widely available, Minnesota works to get shots in the arms of those in the food industry

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The state is pushes for all those who work in the industry to get vaccinated as soon as possible
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Last week, vaccine eligibility in Minnesota opened up to all Minnesotans 16 and over. However, the Minnesota Department of Health has instructed community vaccination sites to continue to prioritize food service staff as “essential frontline workers.” The vaccine is becoming more readily available and the vaccine connector make it even easier to get an appointment. Information is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

Food service workers considered essential frontline workers include servers, cooks, dishwashers, hosts, and anyone who works in restaurants or food retail.

Note that most providers are not accepting appointments by phone, so check out websites for appointment times. There are also several COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program sites to help speed up the vaccination roll out.

The push comes just after it was announced that the Minnesota State Fairgrounds will soon serve as a mass vaccination site. The Minneapolis Convention Center has already been working in a similar capacity, allowing medical professionals to vaccinate large numbers of prioritized vaccine recipients.

A state made graphic of a person with a rolled up sleeve and band-aid holding a tray of a burger and fries
With more restaurants and bars re-opening, and restaurant workers being put at risk of exposure, the state is aims to protect those workers.
Minnesota State Health Department