Information on COVID-19 Vaccine distribution for Mayo Clinic patients

For Mayo Clinic Patients:
The COVID-19 pandemic has made this a trying year for everyone. But there is good news to report.

An effective and safe COVID-19 vaccine is available now, and other COVID-19 vaccines will be coming soon. These vaccines have been tested under strict guidelines. Studies show that the first vaccine available, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and the next vaccine likely to be available, the Moderna vaccine, are 95% and 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19.

Like many, you may have questions about these vaccines. This COVID-19 vaccine educational flyer will answer some of your questions. Be sure to follow Mayo Podcasts for up to the minute news about vaccination, COVID and more.

Mayo Clinic is working with other health care organizations, and state and federal authorities, to prepare for the fair and safe distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. But it will take some time to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The first people who will be offered vaccination for COVID-19 are those with the highest risk of getting infected: front-line health care workers and adults in long-term care facilities. As more COVID-19 vaccines become available, more people will be offered vaccinations.

We will continue to share with you information about COVID-19 vaccines on our COVID-19 information hub and on Mayo Clinic News Network’s COVID page. Mayo Clinic patients can expect emails from their care teams and see updates on Patient Online Services, Mayo’s patient portal, about scheduling vaccination appointments at Mayo Clinic.

While COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing COVID-19, you should continue to follow other prevention protocols already in place:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol.

Mayo Clinic believes that COVID-19 vaccines will be effective in preventing COVID-19. When you are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19, we encourage you to schedule a vaccination appointment. Follow news from your state and local health authorities for further information.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Post-COVID Recovery & COVID-19 group.

@seaspray

Just a FYI ….I just spoke with my PC office at Mayo in Jacksonville, FL and was told the appointments to receive the vaccine come from the Covid Board that uses an algorithm to pick the patients. The Primary Care have nothing to do with it. As long as you are an active patient you will receive an appointment. Just wish we knew when!

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Hello, seaspray and all…..I was at Mayo Jax yesterday and found out something that put my mind at ease and reduced my anxiety about getting my 2nd shot scheduled for 3rd. I've been concerned there wouldn't be available shots. Information I got says if you got your first shot, the 2nd will be available. No need to be concerned it won't be there. So, I'm going with joy and am resting easier.

Hope this FYI helps you.

Blessings to all.
Elizabeth

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@colleenyoung

@seaspray, it is true that each Mayo Clinic is beholden to the distribution plan of the state in which they are located. It's frustrating. Stage IV cancer patients should be included in an early phase, but that is up to the state.

For Florida, you can see updates about the vaccine’s availability for various groups on the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine website here. https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida/
Or text “FLCOVID19” to 888777 to learn more about the governor’s distribution plan.

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I am in Florida too, and was able to get a vaccine yesterday through the county. It’s been a very difficult procedure only because the number of vaccines don’t match with the number of people who need it. The state of Florida has taken over for the county and that text number you just gave is the way to access it to get your name on the notification list. If you don’t have a computer or Internet access you can call the phone number. Have faith it’s getting better. I am also a Mayo patient, that relied on my county and Publix stores, Publix was overwhelmed with people trying to get the vaccine it was very frustrating. But it’s getting better!

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Can a patient who had an Atrial Appendage Ligation/Clip can receive the 2nd dose. He is supposed to get his 2nd dose in Mayo on Feb 8 but his surgery was on Jan 28. Thank you.

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@naiviv

Can a patient who had an Atrial Appendage Ligation/Clip can receive the 2nd dose. He is supposed to get his 2nd dose in Mayo on Feb 8 but his surgery was on Jan 28. Thank you.

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@naiviv-This is a confusing time for anyone undergoing treatment and COVID-19. I know that he will be having at least a few drugs administered during his procedure. Usually, there is a 2 week waiting period between vaccines for other illnesses. The best thing to do, if I were you, call your local CDC. You can also call your pharmacist or place where he had his first dose.

Will you please let us know?

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@ess77

Hello, seaspray and all…..I was at Mayo Jax yesterday and found out something that put my mind at ease and reduced my anxiety about getting my 2nd shot scheduled for 3rd. I've been concerned there wouldn't be available shots. Information I got says if you got your first shot, the 2nd will be available. No need to be concerned it won't be there. So, I'm going with joy and am resting easier.

Hope this FYI helps you.

Blessings to all.
Elizabeth

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Unfortunately I had not been called to receive my first shot at Mayo before they ran out. Now they are saying they don't know if they will receive anymore as the state has taken over giving them to Publix to distribute. Mayo even has signs up for a drive thru so perhaps they will in the future be able to distribute. I will be waiting!

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@ga29

I am in Florida too, and was able to get a vaccine yesterday through the county. It’s been a very difficult procedure only because the number of vaccines don’t match with the number of people who need it. The state of Florida has taken over for the county and that text number you just gave is the way to access it to get your name on the notification list. If you don’t have a computer or Internet access you can call the phone number. Have faith it’s getting better. I am also a Mayo patient, that relied on my county and Publix stores, Publix was overwhelmed with people trying to get the vaccine it was very frustrating. But it’s getting better!

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It amazes me that as a cancer patient I was told by my doctor's NOT to go inside a grocery store since last March. I have all groceries delivered. Now all of a sudden it is safe to do in order to get a vaccine? Glad you got yours but I will be waiting this one out as long as possible.

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@naiviv

Can a patient who had an Atrial Appendage Ligation/Clip can receive the 2nd dose. He is supposed to get his 2nd dose in Mayo on Feb 8 but his surgery was on Jan 28. Thank you.

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He should rely on his surgeon for this info.
Sue

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@sueinmn

He should rely on his surgeon for this info.
Sue

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His surgeon should be able to guide him. Agree

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I received this from Mayo Roch awhile ago. Please let us know if this is true so that we can plan to NOT get vaccinated at Mayo Jax FL. "Thank you for reaching out to Mayo Clinic’s Department of Development. We appreciate your concern and eagerness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Unfortunately, Mayo Clinic is no longer offering the vaccination due to Governor DeSantis’ executive order that places commercial pharmacies and supermarkets as the only vaccination centers in the State of Florida. We recommend you follow up with Duval County Public Health regarding COVID-19 vaccine information and options in the Jacksonville area: http://duval.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/infectious-disease-services/COVID-19/index.html."

Thank you,

Brady

Department of Development

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

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@ess77

Hello, seaspray and all…..I was at Mayo Jax yesterday and found out something that put my mind at ease and reduced my anxiety about getting my 2nd shot scheduled for 3rd. I've been concerned there wouldn't be available shots. Information I got says if you got your first shot, the 2nd will be available. No need to be concerned it won't be there. So, I'm going with joy and am resting easier.

Hope this FYI helps you.

Blessings to all.
Elizabeth

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Thank you for the info as what I am reading was disturbing. I too am scheduled for my 2nd shot on Feb 8th at Mayo.

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@sue6175

Thank you for the info as what I am reading was disturbing. I too am scheduled for my 2nd shot on Feb 8th at Mayo.

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Your 2nd dose will be there for you. It is the rest of us cancer over 65 year olds that lose out. I will be the only one in my neighborhood not vaccinated and many are younger than me. But, I am not willing to stand in line with people and then go inside an unventilated old mall to receive it. I feel safer just staying at home. Unfortunately I have a brain MRI on Friday at Mayo and will be exposed by the young technicians there. It is what it is.

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@seaspray

It amazes me that as a cancer patient I was told by my doctor's NOT to go inside a grocery store since last March. I have all groceries delivered. Now all of a sudden it is safe to do in order to get a vaccine? Glad you got yours but I will be waiting this one out as long as possible.

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I went to the county health department. My 2nd vaccine will be at our county fairgrounds for a drive through, by appointment. No one gets out of their car, the nurse comes to your window. Then we drive to the other side and wait for 15 minutes for side effects. I prefer this to going to the store and being around so many people. As many people I know are losing their relatives who have weakened systems from illness, I wanted to go ahead and get mine. I am two weeks from a back fusion today, sooner than I would have liked if not for so many getting this virus in our county. I’m not going anywhere else, but my husband is still working. He had his first vaccine 2 1/2 weeks ago.

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