FARGO — Outside the old Gordman's store Tuesday, April 6, the parking lot was full as hundreds showed up for vaccinations from Essentia Health, Cass County Public Health and Sanford Health.
Cathy and Jim Ohnstad of Fargo are snowbirds who just came home and were able to walk right in to get vaccinated.
"Oh yeah, it was great," Jim Ohnstad said. "We stopped by one other spot and they said we needed an appointment, so we came here and walked in."
"We thought we would just wait, and it was confusing in Texas and decided to wait until we got back home," said Cathy Ohnstad. "We both had COVID in November, we had pretty mild symptoms, so we were quite fortunate with that."
While it looked like Grand Central Station at Gordman's, only 25% of North Dakota has been vaccinated.
"The message is we have not beaten COVID yet, and I think the vaccine is our opportunity to put it on the rear view mirror," said Dr. Doug Griffin, vice president of Fargo's Sanford Health.
Griffin says close to 5,000 doses are being given every week at Sanford in Fargo and Moorhead, but right now, supply is outpacing demand.
"I think if we don't get more people vaccinated, we will deal with this a lot longer," Griffin said.
Alyssa Braun of Fargo came to Gordman's for her shot. Having Type 1 diabetes, she knows how important it is that she gets vaccinated.
"I feel like it is the best option if you want to be around friends and family and do the things we used to do but has been harder due to COVID," Braun said.
Essentia gave out over 1,000 doses on Tuesday, while Sanford gave out 1,200.
Walk-in vaccinations will be available Wednesday, April 7, starting at 8 a.m. at the Moorhead Center Mall.