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Minnesota State Fairgrounds now offers one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

No appointment necessary - walk-ins are accepted.

The COVID-19 vaccination site at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds is now offering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Gov. Tim Walz's office announced the new availability Wednesday, noting walk-ins are accepted. While people can schedule an appointment ahead of time, they don't need to. The site is open from noon to 8 p.m. every day, with the J&J dose available May 26 through June 8.

The FEMA-supported community vaccine site had previously been offering vaccines that require two doses.

“The vaccine is safe, it’s free, and most importantly, it works,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan in the news release. “Now, it’s easier than ever for Minnesotans to access their vaccine at State Fairgrounds – no appointment, payment, insurance, or ID required.“

Though if you're also thirsty, some Twin Cities breweries are also offering free J&J vaccines this week. And those come with a free beer.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is currently only authorized for adults age 18 and up.

As of Wednesday afternoon, state data showed 63.7% of Minnesotans age 16 and up have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. That's more than 2.8 million people.

The rate of vaccinations has slowed in recent weeks, however, going from 368,277 doses administered the week of April 11, to less than 240,000 doses administered in each of the three most recent weeks.

Walz has stressed the importance of vaccinations as the key to ending COVID-19's continued spread in Minnesota. Walz and other public health officials have cited a 70% vaccination rate as the minimum target for potentially reaching herd immunity.

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