A mass-vaccination event being held at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan has been shifted to U.S. Bank Stadium because of damage caused by storms earlier this week.
Wednesday appointments were postponed at the Minnesota Vikings' training facility due to damage from storms on Monday night, with state officials having to move quickly to find another site for the temporary vaccination event.
On Wednesday evening, Gov. Tim Walz announced that the rest of the event will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium, so anyone due to get their dose during the remainder of the event should head to the stadium Minneapolis, not the facility in Eagan.
Those who had their vaccinations postponed on Wednesday are being contacted directly to reschedule their appointments as soon as possible.
It's still not been revealed what level of damage was sustained at the TCO Performance Center, but Monday's storm involved a mixture of heavy lightning and rain.
"Minnesotans know you can’t control the weather, and when the going gets tough, the tough get going," said Gov. Walz. "During the proverbial weather delay, we huddled up with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings, and called a new play that’s sure to find the end zone. We’re proud to continue our partnership and kickoff vaccinations at U.S. Bank Stadium."
As well as the temporary event at U.S. Bank Stadium, there are eight permanent community vaccination sites in Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, the Mall of America in Bloomington, and in Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato, and Oakdale.
A FEMA-supported vaccination site is also opening next week at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.