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Mayo patients can now be contacted about COVID vaccine appointments via text

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - For the past few week, Mayo Clinic Health System has contacted people about COVID-19 vaccine appointments through their online portal system or by mail. Now, Mayo is expanding the way they communicate with patients about vaccination appointments.

If preferred, MCHS patients have the option to be alerted about vaccine appointments via text message. These texts won't be sent out without a patient's permission. Dr. Abinash Virk, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo, said this give patients more options to communicate and get information.

"Some people have access to the internet and other do not. We're trying to catch every net to make sure we can get to all of our patients out there," said Dr. Virk.

The message will be discreet in order to protect the patient's privacy. It should say something like "You are eligible for an appointment." The text message will also include a number for patients to call to set up their vaccination appointment.

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