Mayo Clinic Health System announces 2,000 vaccine appointments available this week

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Mayo Clinic Health System has around 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments available during the week of March 29th.

The increase is thanks to an unexpected shipment of doses Mayo received.

It includes 1,100 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 1,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Half of the Johnson & Johnson supply will be sent to Mayo’s regional clinics.

Mayo health leaders say this particular vaccine will be a game-changer for vaccinating people living in rural communities.

“It does have some advantages in that it’s only one dose. We don’t need to schedule a second dose. Which essentially doubles our capacity particularly at some of those smaller sites that can’t as easily do hundreds and hundreds of doses like we’re doing in La Crosse,” said Benjamin Anderson, Nurse Administrator.

Keep in mind, you do NOT need to be a patient at Mayo to get the vaccine there.

Appointments are available at La Crosse, Arcadia, Sparta, and Prairie du Chien clinics.

Right now Mayo is not allowing people to choose which vaccine they want because of supply limitations.

Patients are asked to schedule their appointment through Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App.

Those without an online account can call 608-392-7400.

As of Monday Mayo has administered more the 31,000 shots.

Statewide more than one million Wisconsinites are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.