Autism Orgs Unite with Olmsted Medical Center to Staff COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Clinic on Dec. 9 in Rochester

The Olmsted Medical Center is partnering with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), RT Autism Awareness Foundation, and Multicultural Autism Action Network (MAAN) to vaccinate autistics against COVID-19 and the flu. Trained specialists from all three nonprofit autism orgs will be onsite on December 9 in Rochester to provide support and sensory-friendly tools for children during the vaccination process. Appointments are required – to schedule, call 507.292.7102.

Participants in this vaccination clinic can expect:

  • longer appointment times
  • availability of support tools to help prepare for the appointment
  • a private, sensory-friendly area for vaccine distribution
  • availability of sensory-friendly tools for comfort and engagement
  • patient and family guidance from onsite experts in autism, disability, and accommodation.

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Olmsted Medical Center – Rochester Northwest Clinic, 5067 55th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

“No one should have to go without a vaccination because of fear, and with local support from Rochester’s RT Autism Awareness Foundation, our intent is to help Olmsted Medical Center remove the barrier of intimidation by fostering a sensory-friendlier clinical experience in Rochester for people with autism,” said AuSM Executive Director Ellie Wilson. “Doctor visits for vaccination can be especially stressful for autistics, and we’re particularly grateful to our friends at MAAN for helping Children’s Minnesota reach out to multicultural communities to better serve families affected by autism throughout our diverse community.”

About the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
Founded in 1971, AuSM’s mission is to create connections, empowering everyone in the autism community with the resources needed to live fully. AuSM serves Minnesotans, throughout their lives, with a fundamental commitment to advocacy, education, support, collaboration, and community building. AuSM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more about AuSM’s programs, services, and advocacy, visit

Media contact: Mark Malmberg, 651-337-8732,

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