Horizon Public Health will offer several COVID-19 vaccine clinics in May to help bring vaccine to the rural parts of its five-county service area.

According to the most recent data from the state, more than 50% of the residents in Horizon Public Health service area have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

"As we see an increase in supply, we are optimistic that anyone and everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to access it," said Ann Stehn, administrator for Horizon Public Health.

The focus for these community clinics are to offer both pre-registration and the availability to walk in to get vaccinated, Stehn said.

"Our agency is working toward providing access in our rural areas to meet our community members in a convenient, free, efficient, and no wait time opportunity to get vaccinated," she said. "These clinics are designed to get you in and out in about 20 minutes."

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Walk-in vaccination clinics will be held:

Wednesday May 12, 4 to 6 p.m. – Barrett Community Center (109 Barrett Avenue).

Thursday May 13, 4 to 6 p.m. – Viking Plaza Mall (old Hallmark space).

Wednesday May 19, 4 to 6 p.m. – Herman Community Center (416 Atlantic Ave. S).

Thursday May 27, 4 to 6 p.m. – Hancock Community Center (662 6th St.).

Thursday May 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Browns Valley Community Center (106 4th St. S).

Horizon Public Health will continue to focus on reaching communities and individuals who are still at risk or who have difficulty reaching other vaccine options, according to Stehn. Registration can be done in advance by going to Horizon Public Health’s website at www.horizonpublichealth.org, by calling 800-450-4177 option 3, or walk in appointments will also be accepted on the day of the clinic.