Mall of America COVID-19 vaccination site to close Friday

The state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at Mall of America will close Friday, health officials say.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available through health systems, pharmacies, local public health, and community organizations across the state, reducing the need for the site.

Additionally, it’s part of the state’s transition back to regular health care and public health operations.

“We are extremely grateful for all of the partners, staff, and contractors who have worked to make the Mall of America site a cornerstone of Minnesota’s comprehensive response to COVID-19,” MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “This state-run site, along with others that were stood up during the response, provided vital vaccination access to Minnesotans of all ages over the last couple of years.”

MDH says the Mall of America site has administered more than 236,000 vaccinations since it opened in February 2021.

Minnesotans can still get vaccinated with or without an appointment at the MOA site between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. through Friday.