On April 12, 2021, Commissioner of Health, Jan K. Malcolm, announced that veterinarians may volunteer to administer vaccines to people if the following conditions are met:
Pursuant to the authority granted by me under Minnesota Statues, section 144.4197, I have determined that increasing the number of persons able to administer COVID-19 vaccines is necessary to protect the health and safety of the public. Therefore, I authorize Veterinarians who are currently licensed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine under Minnesota Statutes, section 156.04 to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals and accompanying epinephrine for anaphylactic reactions subject to the following requirements and conditions outlined below.
• As required under the March 11, 2021, amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Act (PREP Act), a licensed veterinarian must have documentation that they completed the CDC COVID-19 vaccine training.1
1 Training and Education for COVID-19 Vaccination https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/training-education/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fvaccines%2Fcovid-19%2Ftraining.html
• As required under the March 11, 2021, amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Act (PREP Act), a licensed veterinarian must have documentation of an observation period by a currently practicing healthcare professional experienced in administering intramuscular injections, and for whom administering intramuscular injections is in their ordinary scope of practice, who confirms competency of the veterinarian in preparation and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine(s) to be administered.
• As required under the March 11, 2021, amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Act (PREP Act), a licensed veterinarian must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
This authorization is effective immediately. This authorization remains in effect until the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01 is terminated or until this authorization is rescinded.
Volunteer veterinarians should register via the Minnesota Responds website to be part of the State Vaccination Group. This registration provides liability coverage to persons administering the vaccines. Visit this webpage for further information on the coverage and how to register: