What is Minnesota Responds?


Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates and engages local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to strengthen public health and health care, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.


If you are currently licensed to give vaccinations in the state of Minnesota, please register with the State Vaccination Group (SVG). Please see below for more information.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Minnesota during the COVID-19 response.

We need you to be ready to respond by doing the following:

  • Become a qualified volunteer. Please request membership in your local public health agency’s MRC or volunteer unit and complete your MN.Responds profile. Qualified individuals may also request membership in the State Vaccination Group (SVG).
  • If you are currently registered in Minnesota Responds, please update your profile and licensing information. Qualified individuals may also request membership in the State Vaccination Group (SVG).


The State Vaccination Group is a group of volunteer medical providers who are currently licensed to give vaccinations in the state of Minnesota. This group was created to help state and local governments in their efforts to vaccinate Minnesotans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member of the State Vaccination Group, you may be asked to supplement local public health staff at Point of Dispensing (POD) sites or supplement state staff at larger community sites.

As a State Vaccination Group responder, you will be required to register in Minnesota Responds, as well as take online and on-site training appropriate for this response. Your State Vaccination Group volunteer coordinator will contact you with details.

State Vaccination Group volunteers registered in Minnesota Responds responding to a call for assistance are afforded certain liability protections under state law and are deemed an employee of the state for purposes of worker’s compensation and tort claim defense and indemnification.

Volunteers responding on behalf of the State Vaccination Group will be provided appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) for all assignments and will be offered the COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival at their first vaccination clinic shift. Note: Volunteering with your local public health volunteer unit does not guarantee a vaccination on your first shift.  Volunteers are never required to respond, and deployment offers are based on availability, current licensure, and proximity to the vaccination site.

Volunteers must register for this group if they are interested in joining. If volunteers are already enrolled in a Minnesota Responds local public health unit, they will remain enrolled in their local unit and may also be called upon to help as part of that unit.


Thank you for your assistance in protecting the health of our communities. Your willingness to volunteer for your local public health agency and Minnesota is crucial to the success of our preparedness and response efforts.