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MCHS forum answers questions on COVID vaccinations

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Mayo Clinic Health System doctors anticipate that in the next few weeks they'll start doubling the number of patients vaccinated for COVID-19.

During a forum Tuesday, part of the discussion talked about going from 500 to 1,000 vaccinations per day.

The figures still depend on how much of the vaccine Mayo can get allocated from the state.

One of the other items related to effectiveness-is the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine better?

While that question comes up frequently, there's no significant difference in effectiveness between the two, just the temperatures they're frozen and stored at.

Mayo doctors emphasized that when the vaccine is available, take whichever one you can.

"As a patient you don't have to worry about choosing Pfizer versus Moderna. The new vaccines that will be coming up are relatively almost the same efficacy like 90% effective so I don't think we need to worry about what kind of vaccine we're going to get," said Dr. Raj Palraj, an infection disease specialist for Mayo Clinic Health System.

At this point, Mayo said they have almost finished vaccinating people who fall into the phase 1-A group and making their way into the phase 1-B group.

The doctors who spoke at the forum thought that by summer, vaccines will be widely available to the public.

For Mayo Clinic Health System patients, they're asked to check through the patient portal about when it is possible to schedule a vaccination appointment. Those who don't use the internet can expect a letter with details on making an appointment for the vaccine.

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