DOWNTOWN – Nearly 1,900 people got COVID-19 coronavirus vaccinations Friday at the clinic being run at the Dome at America’s Center by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Since the clinic opened earlier this week, more than 4,200 people have been vaccinated. The busiest time Friday was from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., when FEMA and Defense Department personnel were vaccinating about 250 people per hour.
The vaccinations got off to a slow start, but numbers have been growing daily. FEMA has announced that walk-ins are welcome – appointments are no longer required. Area residents and others appear to be responding to that more flexible policy.
The site has plenty of vaccine, and lines move quickly, workers assure potential participants. FEMA is encouraging everyone to spread the word.
People should use the Dome’s Entrance C at the corner of Broadway and Cole Street. Parking is free in the lot at Sixth Street and Cole.
Vaccinations are offered from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day of the week, including weekends.
If someone already has an appointment to get vaccinated somewhere else, they are welcome to come to the Dome instead if that is more convenient.
Again, no appointments are necessary, but registering in advance on the state’s Vaccine Navigator website may save time when people arrive at the Dome. People can also register by calling toll-free: 877-435-8411.
If anyone received a first Pfizer vaccination elsewhere but would like to get the second dose at the Dome, that can be done, too. Second doses are 21 days after your the dose. People coming for their second doses should bring their vaccination cards to verify their first doses and get their records updated.
Traffic Note (see map below): Because of the car show at the Dome this weekend, a portion of Cole Street is closed between Ninth and 10th streets, so follow the detour signs. FEMA’s vaccination center and free parking are NOT affected by the street closure.