COVID-19 Vaccine at St. Luke’s
This webpage will be updated daily. This is the best place to go for the most current information about appointment availability and scheduling.
Current Status as of 2/26/2021 at 9:30 am
Online Self-scheduling: No appointments are currently available. (See below for more details about how to schedule online, when appointments are available.)
Outbound Calls: St. Luke’s is calling people whose first dose appointments scheduled for last week had to be delayed because of a vaccine shortage. Once this is complete, we will again be calling additional eligible patients to schedule appointments.
In addition, the State of Minnesota has launched a Vaccine Connector. You can fill out a form to stay updated on your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine and connect to vaccine opportunities in this area when they become available. The website is VaccineConnector.mn.gov. If you don’t have internet access, you can call the Vaccine Connector hotline at 833.431.2053
Online Self-scheduling (see above for current status)
St. Luke’s patients 65+ can self-schedule online, based on availability.
- If you have the myCare Patient Portal, you can log in to self-schedule. You will only be able to see the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment button if you are 65+ and you will only be able to schedule if there are available appointments.
- If you are a St. Luke’s patient 65+ and you do not have a portal account, click here to sign up for myCare or watch this short video tutorial on how to sign up.
Outbound Calls (see above for current status)
St. Luke’s is calling high-risk patients 65+ to schedule vaccine appointments, based on availability.
St. Luke’s is calling patients based on their individual risk factors related to COVID-19, as defined by the CDC and other health authorities, to schedule a vaccination. Based on these guidelines, St. Luke’s has prioritized calling patients 65+ who have one or more of the following diagnoses:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes
St. Luke’s is working to further prioritize those who meet the above criteria and are at even higher risk of because of their health status, race, ethnicity or socio-economic status.
Still, there are thousands of people we will be calling and it may take many months to call everyone on it as we are limited in the number of appointments we can schedule due to low vaccine allocations. Therefore, even if you meet the above criteria:
- We encourage you to use myCare to self-schedule online via the Patient Portal when appointments are available.
- If you have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at another location, we strongly encourage you to take that opportunity.
We’re actively working with the state to increase our allotments, and we look forward to adding more appointment slots as we are provided with more vaccine.
Vaccines will be given at St. Luke’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at St. Luke’s Hospital, 915 E. 1st Street, Duluth. An appointment is required. Walk-ins are not allowed. We believe the centralized distribution model will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, as efficiently as possible. This may evolve to include additional locations in the future.
About the Vaccine
St. Luke’s is administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective. It has undergone rigorous testing from the Food and Drug Administration to ensure safety and efficacy. The vaccine is 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 when both doses are received per the schedule. It's a 2-dose vaccine, with the second dose given 21 days after the first.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for receiving the vaccine. Private insurance companies and government insurance programs like Medicare will fully cover the cost of administering the vaccine. For those who are uninsured, the cost will be fully covered.
This is truly a hopeful time for all of us to have this amazing resource to help protect our community. We understand people are incredibly anxious to get the vaccine, and we are doing everything we can to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.