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.

@sueinmn

He should rely on his surgeon for this info.
Sue

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We already did.

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@seaspray

LOL, they are behind as usual…..Local news said shipments were on the way for Mayo Jax.

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Yep, seaspray! Hi, all! They arrived…

I got the 2nd shot last Tuesday, as scheduled when I got the 1st shot in Jan. They had the 2nd shots available, as I understand it, for those getting the shots in Jan. And, more coming. It's strange and hard for me to understand if indeed Rochester Mayo won't be distributing vaccines…if that's what you're hearing. That's sad for MN! They're a premier site to distribute these things. Last week I rec'd a message from Baptist Health that they were still giving shots to employees, no patients yet. Hope that's changed!

I just wrote an update on my 2nd shot….in the "Quality of Life" thread. Don't know how to cut and paste it to this site, darn it. It was a tough 18 hours, but well worth it!

I've been out of pocket for a few days due to another UTI, several days of tests and a couple of shot days. Think I'm back now, but heading into a couple of weeks of yucky testing I don't want to do but glad I get to do!!! Make sense? I'm so thankful to be at Mayo getting the help and health guidance I need, I hate to gripe about a few crazy tests I have to have…these tests help us find the issue, make a diagnosis and then make a plan. So, not fussing….just expressing myself! And, that's healthy!

Stay safe…I'm wearing my 3 ply cotton masks with a filter pocket and using the filters now….seems to be a good way for me to go. Yes, I ordered 1 box of N95 NIOSH approved masks.100 masks. It'll take a bit if work, like sue of MN said, to get used to wearing them.
They're hard and until I get them on right, can hurt my sweet little delicate face!!!

Blessings all.
elizabeth

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@seaspray and @ess77 I want to be sure you saw the link I shared above with the most up to date information for the vaccine on the Rochester, MN campus as I see you've shared speculation about Mayo Clinic in Rochester not offering vaccines. Here is that link, again, for quick reference: https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/rochester

You will notice that this information is updated regularly and should provide reassurance.

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@amandajro

@seaspray and @ess77 I want to be sure you saw the link I shared above with the most up to date information for the vaccine on the Rochester, MN campus as I see you've shared speculation about Mayo Clinic in Rochester not offering vaccines. Here is that link, again, for quick reference: https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/rochester

You will notice that this information is updated regularly and should provide reassurance.

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Thanks for the update, Amanda.
I will add – remember, the vaccine is distributed from the Federal government to the states and territories, who then decide how to parcel it out in their own state. And, at least in Minnesota, that decision is a moving target, as Federal guidance changes and the states try to figure out the best way to get the vaccine not only distributed, but also injected, as quickly as possible. Finally, priorities change too as to who is next to get the very limited doses.
I am pleased to say that in less than 2 months, 80% of willing health care workers, 23% of people over 65 and an increasing number of educators have gotten at least the first dose. That is a remarkable feat!
So to all Mayo patients, you need to regularly check back on your own portal, as each state will have different information. (Just substitute /florida or /arizona for Rochester in Amanda's link.) And to all others, you need to regularly check back to your state vaccination site for the latest information.
Sue

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@amandajro

@seaspray and @ess77 I want to be sure you saw the link I shared above with the most up to date information for the vaccine on the Rochester, MN campus as I see you've shared speculation about Mayo Clinic in Rochester not offering vaccines. Here is that link, again, for quick reference: https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/rochester

You will notice that this information is updated regularly and should provide reassurance.

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Amanda, What speculation did I share regarding Rochester as I know nothing about that Mayo? For a quick reference to Florida her is the link: https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/florida This is what has been up, has not changed yet they did get another supply designated for the group I mentioned. I read the newsletter that went out to the staff and I was there for a MRI on Friday and spoke with them. As I did say, Every state is doing it differently so Mayo in Rochester has nothing to do with Mayo in Jacksonville.

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@amandajro

@seaspray and @ess77 I want to be sure you saw the link I shared above with the most up to date information for the vaccine on the Rochester, MN campus as I see you've shared speculation about Mayo Clinic in Rochester not offering vaccines. Here is that link, again, for quick reference: https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/rochester

You will notice that this information is updated regularly and should provide reassurance.

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Hello, Amanda. Now that sounds more like what you would expect from Mayo. It makes no sense for Mayo NOT to be in the forefront of this research and the whole process. We do have to be careful about information….where it comes from, timing, and does it make sense….I'm so pleased to have both shots working creating antibodies for me. They better be working hard!! One more time, thanks Mayo for helping me be my healthiest.

I need to get the post I did on "Quality of Life" about my 2nd shot! Anyone know what to do? Let me know and I'll do my best.
Blessings, all……elizabeth

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@seaspray

Amanda, What speculation did I share regarding Rochester as I know nothing about that Mayo? For a quick reference to Florida her is the link: https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/florida This is what has been up, has not changed yet they did get another supply designated for the group I mentioned. I read the newsletter that went out to the staff and I was there for a MRI on Friday and spoke with them. As I did say, Every state is doing it differently so Mayo in Rochester has nothing to do with Mayo in Jacksonville.

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@seaspray I have to apologize as I clearly misread the two posts and, therefore, thought you were both discussing Rochester so responded as such. Thank you for clarifying.

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@ess77

Hello, Amanda. Now that sounds more like what you would expect from Mayo. It makes no sense for Mayo NOT to be in the forefront of this research and the whole process. We do have to be careful about information….where it comes from, timing, and does it make sense….I'm so pleased to have both shots working creating antibodies for me. They better be working hard!! One more time, thanks Mayo for helping me be my healthiest.

I need to get the post I did on "Quality of Life" about my 2nd shot! Anyone know what to do? Let me know and I'll do my best.
Blessings, all……elizabeth

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Hi ess 77- Glad you got your second shot at Mayo and that is behind you. I on the other hand have not been notified. But I did receive another donor envelope in my mail today. I am actually outraged. As a stage IV lung cancer patient over 65, not to have been called baffles me and everyone around me. My doctor's, especially my oncologist, do not understand this logic. I finally got registered at a Walmart for next week to receive my first. I have not left my house or gone into any stores since the end of Feb last year, but here I am, going into a Walmart for my vaccine. Pray I don't catch the virus while I am trying to prevent it.

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@seaspray

Hi ess 77- Glad you got your second shot at Mayo and that is behind you. I on the other hand have not been notified. But I did receive another donor envelope in my mail today. I am actually outraged. As a stage IV lung cancer patient over 65, not to have been called baffles me and everyone around me. My doctor's, especially my oncologist, do not understand this logic. I finally got registered at a Walmart for next week to receive my first. I have not left my house or gone into any stores since the end of Feb last year, but here I am, going into a Walmart for my vaccine. Pray I don't catch the virus while I am trying to prevent it.

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Hi, @seaspray, There seems to be little,if any, uniformity in who does and doesn't get called early for the vaccinations. While you began your quarantine a bit earlier than I did in early March, I've relied on home deliveries for groceries and my calendars over the past months just record doc visits.

However, I did begin going sporadically to Walmart on their 6 -7am, sr only Tuesdays a few months ago for needed household supplies. Each store is different but mine has taken enforced strict shopper/staff precautions; counting the number of folks allowed in; wearing masks, etc. I'll be thinking of you next week as you go for your first vacc at your Walmart and hope the visit goes smoothly and leaves you feeling great relief for more Covid protection. Hope you let us know how your visit goes.

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@seaspray

Hi ess 77- Glad you got your second shot at Mayo and that is behind you. I on the other hand have not been notified. But I did receive another donor envelope in my mail today. I am actually outraged. As a stage IV lung cancer patient over 65, not to have been called baffles me and everyone around me. My doctor's, especially my oncologist, do not understand this logic. I finally got registered at a Walmart for next week to receive my first. I have not left my house or gone into any stores since the end of Feb last year, but here I am, going into a Walmart for my vaccine. Pray I don't catch the virus while I am trying to prevent it.

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Please do not be outraged at Mayo – the states control distribution of the vaccine, providers are neither able to request it nor to buy it in the marketplace. Every state is reacting "on the fly", trying to get the precious shots into as many arms as possible, as quickly as possible. Our state distributed to many seniors & educators through gigantic indoor events for several weeks, and these did NOT result in any spike in infections, but these were inaccessible to people far from our larger cities. Hence the decision to distribute through pharmacies – closer to more people. I am sure they will take precautions – just double-mask, and don't be tempted to stay & shop while you are there.
I am encouraged to hear that the companies have figured out how to manufacture and distribute the vaccine much more quickly, so that we should all be able to have our injections soon.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Please do not be outraged at Mayo – the states control distribution of the vaccine, providers are neither able to request it nor to buy it in the marketplace. Every state is reacting "on the fly", trying to get the precious shots into as many arms as possible, as quickly as possible. Our state distributed to many seniors & educators through gigantic indoor events for several weeks, and these did NOT result in any spike in infections, but these were inaccessible to people far from our larger cities. Hence the decision to distribute through pharmacies – closer to more people. I am sure they will take precautions – just double-mask, and don't be tempted to stay & shop while you are there.
I am encouraged to hear that the companies have figured out how to manufacture and distribute the vaccine much more quickly, so that we should all be able to have our injections soon.
Sue

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I have had both vaccines. Now I would like to be able to print my record showing I have completed it. Can anyone assist me? I don’t see it on my portal.

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@sue6175

I have had both vaccines. Now I would like to be able to print my record showing I have completed it. Can anyone assist me? I don’t see it on my portal.

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@sue6175, If you are a Mayo Clinic patient, you can print out your immunizations from your portal by selecting Medical Records on the left menu and then selecting Immunizations. It may look a little different on a mobile device but the headings should be the same.

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