Apr 25, 2021 - News

Attn: There are now plenty of vaccine appointments in the Twin Cities

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The days of compulsively refreshing vaccinespotter.org to get your shot slot are over.

State of play: After weeks of demand dwarfing supply, there are now plenty of options for getting a vaccine that don't require driving from the Twin Cities to a Walmart in Fergus Falls.

  • A search on Sunday, for example, revealed dozens of clinics and pharmacies in the metro with appointment availability.
  • Large vaccination sites are also showing more availability. Info here, here and here.
  • Plus, the return of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a temporary pause means thousands more one-dose shots will be available in the days ahead.

The big picture: Public officials in Minnesota and beyond are spotting signs of a slowdown in vaccine demand. That's a problem for the state's goal of immunizing 80% of the population.

  • Right now 55% of those eligible have at least one dose and 40% are fully vaccinated.

Already had one shot? Don't forget to schedule No. 2.

  • And if you're among the fully vaxxed, why not take a minute to see if a friend or neighbor needs some help (or a friendly nudge) to get theirs on the calendar?

The bottom line: If you were discouraged by the demand and gave up trying to find a shot, your excuse has expired.


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