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Walk-ins now accepted at Marathon County vaccination clinic

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 3:35 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Marathon County’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now accepting walk-in appointments. It’s located at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.

Starting today, Tuesday, April 27, appointments are no longer required for the Community Vaccination Clinic at...

Posted by Marathon County Health Department on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

It’s been three weeks since the Marathon County mass vaccination site opened at NTC.

Many people are starting to head back for their second dose of the vaccine.

“We were at a position where we were gonna be able to offer what amounts to same day appointments and just decided to take the next step,” AMI Healthcare Senior Operations Manager Dan Beck said.

Beck said allowing walk-ins at NTC will help drive up vaccinations in Marathon County.

“It also lets you be a little bit more spontaneous about the decision, we know that some folks are particularly this time of year busy with a lot of activities,” Beck said.

The first week NTC was open, appointments were completely full, and now those people are back for their second dose.

“Went good actually, it actually went better than the first dose, my arm was a little bit more sore on the first one, it’s really not yet,” Ryan Schlapman, who received his second dose, said.

“I feel like we can just kind of get back to normal, a little bit of normalcy,” Shelly Myers said.

According to Beck, the week of April 19, appointments at NTC dropped likely due to the pause of Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine.

It’s AMI’s hope people getting vaccinated enjoy their experience at the mass vaccination site.

“I think that the clinic has gone exceptionally well, I think the feedback that we’ve gotten from those who are getting their vaccines has been very good,” Beck said.

Making sure people come back for that second dose is key.

“It only works if we all participate and ultimately reach that herd immunity,” Steven Myers said.

“Sooner or later, everybody is gonna do it so, just get it done and get it out of the way,” Schlapman said.

While many may worry about side effects from the vaccine, Tamara Schepp said it’s worth the risk.

“If there are mild side effects, if you know they’re gonna last maybe 24 hours at the most so one day out of your life to deal with a side effect… it’s worth it,” Schepp said.

Beck said the mass vaccination site is now able to administer up to 1,000 doses of the vaccine per day.

The clinic will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone over the age of 16 is eligible for the vaccine.

It’s located at the Center for Business and Industry on the NTC campus, 1000 Campus Drive, Wausau.

Follow the link to book your appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine or call 1-(844)684-1064.

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