PHMDC to provide booster shots at temporary vaccine clinic

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MADISON, Wis. — With booster shots now approved for many Americans, Dane County public health officials are making it easier for those eligible to get their next shot with a new vaccine clinic.

Public Health Madison & Dane County announced Thursday plans for a temporary vaccination clinic at the Arena Building at the Alliant Energy Center which will provide first and second vaccine doses for anyone 12 and older in addition to booster shots for those who qualify.

The clinic is scheduled to open Tuesday, Oct. 12. It’ll be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This clinic will differ from the previous clinic we had set up on the grounds of the Alliant Energy Center for a couple of reasons. First, it is in a different part of the facility and second, people will park and walk-in, opposed to the previous drive through approach,” said Sarah Hughes, COVID-19 Vaccine Deputy for Public Health Madison & Dane County.

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Booster doses for some Americans — people in long-term care facilities, people 65 and older, and people 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions or work in fields with a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 — were approved by federal regulators last month.

The extra doses have only been approved for those who have previously gotten Pfizer’s vaccine. Booster shots have not been approved for Moderna’s or Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines. If boosters for those vaccines are approved, they will become available at the site.

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Health officials said appointments are highly encouraged, but drop-ins will be accepted as needed. The booster clinic is expected to be able to accommodate roughly 220 booster vaccinations per day.

Anyone looking to get a vaccine or booster shot at any of PHMDC’s clinics can sign up online.