Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic will be accepting walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations on a limited basis. No appointment is needed, nor is it needed to be an Essentia Health patient.

Walk-ins will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1. During this time, the Moderna vaccine will be offered. Walk-ins will again be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 8. During this time, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be offered.

Walk-ins will be accepted for first or second shots. Anyone ages 16 and older in Minnesota is eligible for the vaccine. Patients and nonpatients can also make an appointment by using MyChart or by calling 833-494-0836.

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for use in people ages 16 and older. However, the Moderna vaccine is authorized only for those 18 and older. Patients under the age of 18 must have a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian to be eligible for the shot.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were about 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection, and nearly 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

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