- By Deb Balzer
Mayo Clinic to offer COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics in Rochester
Mayo Clinic in Rochester has added more COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics for patients, visitors and staff in response to the Food and Drug Administration's full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and older, the recommendation of a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine immunocompromised people, and the potential for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots when they're approved.
Anyone 12 and older can attend these walk-in clinics. A parent or guardian needs to accompany children under 18.
"Vaccine safety, including side effects, adverse reactions and concerns about the rapid process of vaccine development and approval, are reasons we heard from people for not getting vaccinated," says James Watson, M.D., chair of the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Work Group. "The recent full FDA approval, which requires a rigorous review of data for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing processes, should help ease these concerns. I hope our patients, staff and others who were unsure about vaccination will now reconsider and get vaccinated."
Available COVID-19 vaccines
Which COVID-19 vaccines are offered will 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.
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is given as one dose, and 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.
It is now recommended that patients who are immunocompromised should receive a third dose 28 days after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
At this time, an additional dose is not recommended for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Results of an ongoing clinical trial with a two-dose schedule of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are expected soon, and those results will help provide guidance on the need for an additional or booster dose.
At all locations, nurses administering these COVID-19 vaccines will explain side effects, risks and benefits.
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be available through Oct. 1 at these locations:
41st Street Professional Building
This location at 4115 West Frontage Road NW, street level, in Rochester will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This location on the first floor of the Siebens Building in Rochester will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at these walk-in clinics, based on available supplies. If you need to schedule a second dose, you will receive a card with instructions as you leave the walk-in clinic.
Note these tips for kids:
- Before vaccination, encourage children to drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal or snack.
- During 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 vaccination, children may feel like fainting. If children feel this way, encourage them to sit down and rest until they feel better.
Vaccination options by Mayo Clinic location
COVID-19 vaccination options and guidelines vary widely by location, and they may change over time.
See the latest information specific to your location:
For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was either recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in a nonpatient care area where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.
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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