Mayo Clinic Appointments Change Language English Español Menu Menu Close Main Menu COVID-19 home COVID-19 vaccine: Guidance from Mayo Clinic Experience safe care Track COVID-19 cases Learn about COVID-19 Find out about COVID-19 & Flu Medical professionals Employers and businesses Latest news releases Researchers Contact us Request an appointment English Español Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) COVID-19 vaccination on the Rochester, Minnesota campus Mayo Clinic continues to collaborate with health care organizations and counties on COVID-19 vaccinations. But it will take some time to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated for COVID-19. We will continue to follow state and county health department guidelines when offering vaccinations. These guidelines can change quickly, and we will respond just as quickly. Mayo Clinic will notify patients who are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. If you are not a Mayo Clinic patient, check your public health department's website for additional information. Patients are encouraged to be vaccinated locally, in their home location, before coming to Mayo Clinic. Phase 1a vaccination timetable Mayo Clinic has completed most vaccinations in phase 1a, which includes health care personnel and long-term care patients. Dialysis patients were added to phase 1a later in the process. Mayo Clinic, public health departments and other health care organizations across Southeast Minnesota began vaccinating community health care personnel who cannot work remotely, as well as dental office staff, hospice staff, optometrists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, morticians, orthopedics and rehabilitation staff, laboratory services staff, and funeral directors. Phase 1b Mayo Clinic is receiving a small weekly shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for Minnesota seniors age 65 and older. Given the need to equitably distribute doses and the high number of patients in this age group, Mayo Clinic is vaccinating the oldest seniors first. As more vaccine supply becomes available, Mayo Clinic will expand to other age groups. Vaccinations began the week of Feb. 22 for patients age 70-74 who: Have a primary care provider at Mayo, have been seen within the past two years and have a residence in Minnesota (may include some Iowa and Wisconsin patients). Mayo Clinic is continuing to vaccinate patients age 75 and older who: Have a primary care provider at Mayo, have been seen within the past two years and have a residence in Minnesota (may include some Iowa and Wisconsin patients), or Have been seen at Mayo Clinic within the past two years and have a residence within the catchment area where they were seen. These criteria will be used for patients who do not have a primary care provider at Mayo — that is, they have been to Mayo for specialty care only. The catchment area includes Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Scott, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan and Winona counties. Patients who meet these criteria will receive a phone call or an invitation via Patient Online Services to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Patients who do not have a Patient Online Services account can call Mayo Clinic Customer Assistance at 877-858-0398 to create one. Patients will be contacted by Mayo Clinic in Rochester if they live in any of these counties and have been seen in Rochester. Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota and Southwest Minnesota are contacting those not contacted by Rochester who were seen in their region and live in their counties. Patients from the community can register to be vaccinated by Public Health on the Minnesota Department of Health website. It may take several weeks for Mayo Clinic to be able to vaccinate all patients who are eligible in these age groups. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health website for more details on how COVID-19 vaccines are being prioritized and distributed.