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Mayo Clinic held a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Rochester on Wednesday, May 5. At this clinic, one patient shared why he came in to get the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Watch: Patient discusses why he chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Journalists: Broadcast-quality soundbites and b-roll of the Mayo Clinic walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic are in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy, "Mayo Clinic News Network."
"I wanted to get it mainly so, hopefully, we can all stop (wearing) our masks and finish this up. I got an internship coming up, and I want to make sure I'm all good to go. Hopefully by next school year, I can be back in class with all my friends," says Nick Cunningham, a Mayo Clinic patient.
Due the success of the May 5 COVID-19 vaccination clinic, Mayo Clinic in Rochester will offer patients, visitors and staff three more opportunities to be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they haven't had a chance to schedule an appointment yet:
Available COVID-19 vaccines
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be used at the Phillips Hall clinics, both of which are for adults 18 and older.
J&J and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be used at the 41st Street clinic. The J&J is for adults 18 and older and the Pfizer is for 16 and older.
The J&J COVID-19 vaccine is given as one dose. However, the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are given in two doses as a series. For Moderna, the second dose is given 28 days after the first and 21 days for Pfizer. If you receive these COVID-19 vaccines, you will need to schedule your second dose.
Patients, visitors and staff will be able to schedule their second dose of these COVID-19 vaccines in several ways:
Patients from other parts of Minnesota can check vaccine availability using the state vaccine locator website when scheduling their second dose. Patients or visitors from out of state can check their state health department's COVID-19 vaccine site for a location near them.
Nurses administering these COVID-19 vaccines will explain side effects, risks and benefits.
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.
For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.
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