• By Deb Balzer

Mayo Clinic offers COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinics in Minnesota

June 14, 2021

Mayo Clinic in Rochester and at its Health System sites continue to offer patients, visitors and staff additional convenient opportunities to be vaccinated for COVID-19. All domestic and international patients, visitors and staff who want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 have opportunities to do so at walk-in clinics this week.

Anyone 12 and older can attend these walk-in clinics. Children under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kids should drink plenty of fluids and have a good meal or snack before being vaccinated.

Available COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine types offered to differ by clinic location and patient. The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for adults 18 and older. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for those 12 and older.

While the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is given as one dose, the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are given in a two-dose series. The second dose for Moderna is given 28 days after the first, and the second dose for Pfizer is given 21 days after the first. If you receive either of these vaccines, you will need to schedule your second dose.

At all locations, nurses administering these COVID-19 vaccines will explain side effects, risks and benefits.

Here's where walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held June 15-19:

Mayo Clinic Rochester

  • Tuesday, June 15, from 2 to 7 p.m.
    This walk-in clinic will be held in the 41st Street Professional Building, 4115 West Frontage Road NW, street level.
  • Wednesday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    This walk-in clinic will be held in Phillips Hall, Siebens 1.
  • Thursday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    This walk-in clinic will be held in the Mayo Support Center South, 1-500 (cafeteria). This clinic is for Mayo Support Center staff and their family members.
  • Thursday, June 17, 2 to 7 p.m.
    This walk-in clinic will be held in the 41st Street Professional Building, 4115 West Frontage Road NW, street level.
  • Friday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    This walk-in clinic will be held in Phillips Hall, Siebens 1.
  • Saturday, June 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    This walk-in clinic will be held in the 41st Street Professional Building, 4115 West Frontage Road NW, street level.

Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at these walk-in clinics. If you need to schedule a second dose, you will receive a card with instructions as you leave the walk-in clinic.

Albert Lea

COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered at the main Albert Lea clinic, 404 W. Fountain St., by appointment or as a walk-in service during these hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Patients can enter through the main clinic entrance and proceed to the second floor Primary Care department for the vaccination clinic. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available. If a follow-up vaccine is needed, patients can schedule their second dose appointment before they leave.

Austin

COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered at the main Austin clinic, 1000 First Drive NW, by appointment or as a walk-in service during these hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Patients can enter through the main clinic entrance and proceed to the second floor Primary Care department for the vaccination clinic. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available. If a follow-up vaccine is needed, patients will be able to schedule their second dose appointment before they leave.

Owatonna

COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered at the main Owatonna clinic, 2200 26th St. NW, by appointment or as a walk-in service weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Patients can enter through the main clinic entrance and proceed to I West, Family Medicine, for the vaccination clinic. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available. If a follow-up vaccine is needed, patients will be able to schedule their second dose appointment before they leave.


Red Wing

COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered at the main Red Wing clinic, 701 Hewitt Blvd., by appointment or as a walk-in service during the following hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Patients can enter through the main clinic entrance and proceed to the Primary Care department on the second floor. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available. If a follow-up vaccine is needed, patients will be able to schedule their second dose appointment before they leave.

Tips for kids

Note these tips for kids:

  • Before the vaccination, encourage children to drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal or snack.
  • During the vaccination, children may be offered one of two ways to help them be more comfortable. One option is Buzzy, a small vibrating pack held on the area of skin where the injection will be given. The second option is a cooling spray. Both options numb the area for a short time. Distract children from the injection by decreasing the focus on what is happening. For example, encourage children to look away. Talk to children about upcoming plans or something they enjoy. Or ask children to sing or wiggle their toes. Most kids say the injection is only a little uncomfortable, and it is over quickly.
  • After the vaccination, children may feel like fainting. If children feel this way, encourage them to sit down and rest until they feel better.


Patients from other parts of Minnesota can check vaccine availability using the state vaccine locator website.

Patients or visitors who are traveling or are from out of state can check their state health department's COVID-19 vaccine site for a location near them to schedule their second dose.

Mayo Clinic nurses administering these COVID-19 vaccines will explain side effects, risks and benefits.

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Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date

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