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COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccines help your body build up the ability to fight off a virus. A vaccine may not prevent you from getting the COVID-19 virus. But if you do get it, the vaccination may keep you from becoming seriously ill. Or it may keep you from developing complications due to the illness.

In The News

COVID-19 vaccination expands in Sparta

The number of days COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to patients has increased, while there is one less day of testing.

April 12, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination for age 16 and up in Southwest Minnesota

Effective immediately, patients in Southwest Minnesota ages 16 and up can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

April 7, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination for age 16 and up in Northwest Wisconsin

Effective Monday, April 5, patients in Northwest Wisconsin 16 and up can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

April 2, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination site in New Prague

A COVID-19 vaccination site will open at the New Prague clinic on Wednesday, March 17.


March 12, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Center to Open in Mankato

To prepare for the next phases of COVID-19 vaccinations, Mayo Clinic Health System will open a COVID-19 vaccination center on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

February 12, 2021
Southwest Wisconsin expanding COVID-19 vaccination locations to eligible patients

Beginning next week, COVID-19 vaccination locations are expanding to Arcadia in addition to Sparta. Patients will be notified when they are eligible to receive the vaccine.

February 5, 2021
Patients in Northwest Wisconsin to be contacted for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Mayo Clinic Health System will contact patients in Northwest Wisconsin when they are eligible, based on state guidance, to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

January 22, 2021

From The Blog

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More COVID-19 vaccine questions answered

Vaccines are perhaps the best hope, along with following safety protocols, for ending the pandemic. Here are answers to a few of the most common questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

April 13, 2021
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Mayo Clinic responds to Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pause

Mayo Clinic's response follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommendations to pause on distributing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until further notice.

April 13, 2021
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What studies show about pregnancy, COVID-19 vaccines

Over 30,000 women who are pregnant have been vaccinated for COVID-19, including thousands in a CDC monitoring program which closely follows them for long-term adverse effects. Here's what the studies have found.

March 31, 2021
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Herd immunity and COVID-19: What you need to know

Wondering if herd immunity against COVID-19 will slow the spread? Understand how it works and what experts say about its potential impact.

March 26, 2021
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Understanding COVID-19 vaccine side effects, why second dose could feel worse

All vaccines could cause some degree of reaction, and the same is true for COVID-19 vaccines — especially the second dose. Here's what you should know.

March 25, 2021
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CDC guidance for people vaccinated against COVID-19

The CDC has issued an interim set of recommendations for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Find out what this means for you.

March 15, 2021
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You’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19. Now what?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for Americans who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. A Mayo Clinic expert answers common questions about what you can do after being vaccinated.

March 11, 2021
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Mayo Clinic expert answers questions about Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for a new COVID-19 vaccine. A Mayo Clinic expert answers questions about how the new vaccine works, its effectiveness and significance.

March 9, 2021
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Don't let fear of needles interfere with vaccinations

Virtually all vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccines, involve a needle. Don't let fear of needles stop you from getting vaccinations that can protect your health. Here are three ways to work through your fear.

March 2, 2021
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Screening mammograms and COVID-19 vaccines

Some women have reported swollen lymph nodes after a COVID-19 vaccination, raising questions about rescheduling a mammogram. Bottom line: Do not delay your mammogram.

February 25, 2021
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Reflecting on first year of COVID-19 care

Health care changed significantly change to meet the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Four Mayo Clinic experts reflect on the challenges, innovations and changes that occurred over the past year.

February 10, 2021
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Common questions about COVID-19 vaccinations answered

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help stop the ongoing pandemic. Here are answers to the most common questions.

February 8, 2021