Grand Forks Public Health will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines at Hugo's Family Marketplace located at 1750 32nd Ave. S. beginning Monday, May 10. Walk-ins are welcome during clinic hours, or individuals can register for an appointment time at ndvax.org.

The vaccine clinic will be set up in the former Alerus Bank branch location, and will be open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The vaccines are free of cost and do not require any insurance.

People attending the clinic are urged to wear a face mask and to maintain physical distance of 6 feet from others. For participants' safety, they are strongly urged to remain on-site for observation for at least 15 minutes following the vaccine, according to a release sent by Grand Forks Public Health.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian during the registration process. Anyone who has had any vaccine in the last 14 days are recommended to defer the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

Grand Forks Public Health Immunization Program Manager Haley Bruhn said the aim of the Hugo's clinic is to make vaccine access more readily convenient for members of the public.

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"This location is on the public transit route, is walkable for those in the neighborhood, and offers convenient parking," Bruhn said in a statement. "It is also a great opportunity for us to be able to answer questions and address concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Public health workers will be on-site to answer any questions about the vaccine. Members of the community who do their own research on the vaccine are also urged to rely on credible sources for reliable information, such as the North Dakota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide information on this important topic.

Information about COVID-19 vaccine clinics hosted by Grand Forks Public Health, including dates, times, and type of vaccine available, can be found on its website: www.grandforksgov.com/vaccine.