Walk-ins welcome at Avera ST. Luke’s May 26 COVID-19 vaccination clinic

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Avera St. Luke’s will once again host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday, May 26.

Both walk-ins and scheduled appointments will be welcome from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Avera encourages people to self-schedule appointments at avera.org/covid-vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine was recently approved for 12-15 year olds. It was previously approved for those 16 and older.

“We’ve seen a renewed interest in people wanting to receive the vaccine, which includes those that fall into the newly approved age group. Avera strongly encourages the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Alvin Haugen, Director of Pharmacy and Vaccine Coordinator.

Vaccination clinics are held inside the Avera Human Performance Center, 815 First Avenue Southeast. Upon arrival, screening staff will measure temperatures and guide attendees through the process.

Those being vaccinated will complete a form that is also available here. Those under 18 need parental or guardian consent. Because of changes with state funding, staff will also ask for insurance cards. Vaccines remain free, and insurance is not needed in order to get vaccinated.

Everyone getting vaccinated takes part in a 15-minute observation period. Those that have had a prior reaction to any vaccine will need to be observed for a half hour. Most people are in, vaccinated and out the door in less than a half hour.

Masks are required, as in an Avera facility.

People who get the Pfizer shot on May 26 will receive the second shot in three weeks. Schedulers will ensure you know exactly when, where and what time you will get the second vaccination. You can learn more about Avera’s vaccination efforts, including information on other vaccination clinics, at Avera.org/covid19.