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Superior COVID-19 vaccination clinic to close Friday, Dec. 16

AMI Expeditionary Healthcare will administer its last vaccines at the Government Center this week.

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AMI Expeditionary Healthcare’s program manager for Wisconsin clinics, George Kowalski, left, chats with Dan Beck, senior program coordinator for vaccinations with AMI, center, and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes after a tour of the Wessman Arena vaccination clinic when it opened in April 2021. The clinic, now in the Government Center, will close at the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 16.
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SUPERIOR — Now is your last chance to get a shot at the clinic operating in the Government Center.

AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, the organization operating the state’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, is winding down operations in Superior, and this is the final week the clinic will be operating, according to Kathy Ronchi, Douglas County Public Health officer.

Vaccines at the clinic will still be available Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 16 without an appointment.

The AMI clinic was established in early 2021 with funding from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). This initiative supported strained resources of the health department, local clinics, and pharmacies, and ensured consistent and equitable community access to the COVID-19 vaccines.

When COVID-19 vaccines became available to the public, the Douglas County Health Department held dozens of community clinics, giving thousands of doses from January 2021 to April 2021, Ronchi said. As the pandemic continued, it became vital to increase the capacity to vaccinate Douglas County residents efficiently while implementing COVID-19 prevention strategies set forth by DHS.

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“On behalf of the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services, we thank AMI and DHS for their contribution to COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Douglas County and surrounding areas through mobile clinics,” Ronchi said. “Their commitment to supporting this northwest region of the state has been essential in ensuring all citizens had the opportunity to be vaccinated. This partnership also allowed the health department to focus on broad aspects of the pandemic and other ongoing public health responsibilities.”

Douglas County residents are still encouraged to get vaccinated and boosted, increasing protection for themselves and others. This clinic serves people six months and older.

The AMI Clinic at the Government Center in Superior is free and open to the public until 6 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in Room 270.

COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be available at local clinics and pharmacies.

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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