WORTHINGTON — Worthington was the recipient of a state vaccination clinic Friday and Saturday, with 500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson available each day.
The Worthington Event Center hosted the clinic, allowing patients to spread out throughout the process. Translation services were provided in a number of locally spoken languages, including Karen, Oromo and Amharic.
Shawn Schloesser of the State Emergency Operations Center (contracted with the Minnesota Department of Health) explained that 500 appointments were open Friday and 240 people had scheduled times. As a result, he decided to open the clinic to walk-ins to fill the remaining spaces.
“That’s this community,” he said. “It’s what they prefer, so we’re accommodating.”
Several elements of the clinic are benchmarks of success, Schloesser explained.
“Not wasting any doses,” he said, along with “removing as many barriers as possible, making sure community members are aware and have the opportunity and encouraging people in the priority group” are all determiners, he said.
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