MPA MN COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

January 4, 2021

We understand that some of you are having a difficult time reaching someone who can give you specific information regarding vaccine scheduling. First, I want to emphasize that those who fall into the third priority group of 1a are those for whom their services are not feasible for telehealth work for some substantive reason. Otherwise we would urge you to wait for a later phase in the vaccination process so that priority groups and particularly vulnerable populations can get their vaccines from what is currently a very limited supply nationwide.

We currently have multiple messages into the Department of Health and Commissioner Malcom's office to get more accurate information and have offered to help facilitate information sharing with our membership.

As for metro area individuals, the Metro Health and Medical Preparedness Coalition (https://www.metrohealthready.org/) reportedly has a survey that non-affiliated providers can fill out to be contacted when vaccines become available for that priority groups beyond the first two. That survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRC7WPS

Please bear with us and the rest of the State as this slow process rolls out. We are continually monitoring the situation as best we can and will send out updates when we receive actionable information.

Jordan Robinson, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
MPA President

January 4, 2021

MPA Members, MN Psychologists and Mental Health Practitioners,

We have heard from many people with questions regarding the timeline for COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly for those of you in private and small group practices outside of hospital and other large organizations. We have been in touch with the MN Department of Health regarding these questions. The following are some links that may be helpful.
 
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/phase1aguide.pdf
 
The above link details the priority groups for vaccinations. After accounting for those in organizations, most individuals working in outpatient settings would fall in the third priority group of 1a. We have been instructed to tell our membership that those individuals not working within organizations with their own vaccination plans should contact their county health departments, as they will be responsible for vaccine distribution when additional vaccine doses become more widely available.
 
https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/practice/connect/findlph.html
 
Above is a web page that lists the county health departments. I strongly urge you to contact them soon to find out if they have a way to organize and facilitate vaccinations. We will remain in contact with MDH in case the situation changes significantly, and will alert members if we receive additional actionable information.
 
We are also asking members to let us know specifics about what has worked and what has not regarding trying to get your vaccination scheduled if you are receiving it outside of employment in a larger organization by contacting [email protected] or [email protected]. We will compile these resources to send out to MPA members.

Jordan Robinson, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
MPA President


December 22, 2020

MPA is communicating with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for information regarding the timeline for MN psychologists to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. MDH has recommended to watch for information on their website regarding phases and planning. Click here for more information regarding phase 1a. MPA will update members as more information, specifically regarding psychologists, becomes available.