The Minnesota Department of Health encourages health care providers to continue vaccinating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially infants who are at high risk of getting diseases that vaccines can prevent. Slowing or stopping access to vaccinations increases our risk of other disease outbreaks.

  • Well-child visits where immunizations and other developmental screenings happen are still essential visits.
  • Vaccines are recommended at times when they will provide the best protection and when babies are most at risk. Delaying vaccines can leave children vulnerable to serious diseases. 
  • Keeping babies on schedule with their immunizations is important so they don’t have to catch up on their vaccinations later as we could be at risk for outbreaks from other diseases if children are left unprotected. 
  • The COVID-19 outbreak has certainly changed how people access health care and caused many to avoid going into clinics unless they have to, so it’s understandable that parents may have some fears or are confused.
  • Many clinics and health systems are finding creative ways to help make sure these important screenings and medical services still happen so children do not fall behind. Things like in-home visits, drive up clinics, and designating certain hours or rooms for these well child visits to happen.
  • Talk to your child’s doctor about staying on track with well-visits during COVID-19. These are important for staying on track with immunizations, and watching mental and physical growth.
  • If cost is a concern, parents should talk to their child’s clinic about the MN Vaccines for Children program. This program provides free or low-cost vaccines to children who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover the cost of vaccines. Most pediatric clinics in MN participate in this program, so just ask your provider or visit to learn more.
  • Call your clinic today if your child is due for their immunizations!

Thank you for your continued efforts to protect Minnesotans from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Immunizations Needed for School

Minnesota Statute 121A.15 requires every student enrolled in school to be immunized against certain diseases or file a legal medical or non-medical exemption. This law includes students enrolled in public and non-public PreK-12 programs, as well as childcare, preschool, alternative programs and home school programs. 

  • Immunization Form - This form can be used to document vaccinations and/or to claim an exemption from the requirements for medical or non-medical exemptions.

  • Medical exemptions must be signed by a health care provider.

  • Non-medical exemptions must be signed by a parent/guardian and notarized

  •  Schools will accept other versions of immunization records too as long as all required immunizations are listed.

Are your kids ready for school? (State Immunization Schedule)

The following checklists apply for the 2020-21 school year:

Are Your Kids Ready for School? 
Simple chart showing required immunizations for children in Minnesota.

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Washington County Immunization Clinics: Low to no cost

The Washington County Public Health Department offers low to no cost immunizations for families with no insurance or those who are under-insured.

Schedules and more information: 2020 Washington County Immunization Clinic


  • Washington County South Service Center: 13000 Ravine Parkway, Cottage Grove
  • Washington County Government Center: 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater

If you need assistance due to disability or language barrier, please call 651-430-6655 (TDD 651-430-6246)