LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Wisconsin is expanding its outreach to offer COVID-19 vaccines to patients outside the La Crosse area beginning next week. Patients 65 and older notified they are eligible can be vaccinated for COVID-19 at Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Arcadia beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9, and Sparta beginning Thursday, Feb. 11. Vaccinations will be offered at both locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mayo Clinic Health System will continue using the current process of contacting patients when they are eligible to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for COVID-19 either via their Patient Online Services patient portal account or postal mail if they don't have an account. Mayo Clinic Health System is encouraging patients interested in being vaccinated for COVID-19 to establish a Patient Online Services account. Find out more information on the Southwest Wisconsin vaccination page. Mayo continues to vaccinate patients per state eligibility guidelines and as the supply of COVID-19 vaccines allows.
COVID-19 testing in Sparta
To provide COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 drive-up testing in Sparta will not be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. COVID-19 testing will only be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. The COVID-19 testing site in Sparta is under the former Emergency Department canopy behind the hospital building along K Street.
Patients seeking a COVID-19 test in Sparta must call the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525 to be screened before coming to the clinic. Those who are not Mayo Clinic Health System patients may call that triage number and request screening for COVID-19. Staff will help register the patient with Mayo Clinic. Patients will be advised of next steps if testing positive for COVID-19.
Most importantly, Mayo Clinic Health System wants the community to know that it is receiving doses of COVID-19 vaccines over time. The speed of vaccinating community members for COVID-19 depends on the supply of COVID-19 vaccines provided by the state and federal government. The number of vaccination appointments available will be based on the current supply of doses.
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Press ContactRick Thiesse