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Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout southeast and southwest Minnesota have available COVID vaccine appointments this week. You can sign up for an appointment even if you aren't a patient at Mayo Clinic.

It's been really difficult to find available COVID vaccines across the state due to the high demand. But if you've been waiting, check and see if there are still available appointments near you through Mayo!

If you're looking for an appointment in Rochester, call 507-538-4040.
For appointments at Mayo Clinic Health System locations in southeast Minnesota, call 507-434-9929.
For appointments at Mayo Clinic Health System locations in southwest Minnesota, call 507-594-2100.

Or, if you're a Mayo Clinic patient it's pretty simple. Just log in to your Patient Online Services account and sign up for an appointment.

Also, we recently found out that Mayo Clinic is leading a nationwide COVID vaccination campaign encouraging adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The campaign is called "Get the Vaccine to Save Lives". It will aim to "reassure the public that vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary to achieve herd immunity and return to normal activities." You can read more about the campaign HERE.

Some people who haven't gotten the vaccine may be a little worried or have questions about the COVID vaccine. If you're one of those people, below we have the answers to common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. And if you have any other questions you can always reach out to your health care provider.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.