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Caregivers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Eligible caregivers who do not have a medical provider can register for an appointment through St. Louis County Public Health.

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Vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine sit on a table at Harmony House in Superior Monday, Jan. 25. (Jed Carlson / 2021 File / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
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Caregivers to people with complex medical needs are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligible paid caregivers include personal care assistants and direct support professionals. This includes those working on waivers and in-home and community-based services. Eligible unpaid caregivers work in similar capacities as personal care assistants, direct support professionals and nurses for persons with complex medical needs and tactile interpreters for people who are deaf-blind.

The person being cared for can be any age, but must have one or more medical issues requiring a significantly higher level of direct care than is typically needed by an individual of the same age. A person does not qualify as a caregiver if their role is to run errands for someone.

Eligible caregivers can schedule a vaccine through their primary medical facility or pharmacy. Individuals who do not have a medical provider can register for a vaccination appointment through St. Louis County Public Health either at stlouiscountymn.gov/vaccineregistration or by calling the county's COVID vaccine scheduling line at 218-726-2623. Calls are answered weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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