In this economy, options for receiving low-cost immunizations and vaccinations in the metro area are an absolute must. It is usually best for children and the elderly to receive check-ups and immunizations from the family physician or clinic. However, for uninsured and underinsured patients, these inexpensive and free options offer check-ups, vaccinations and immunizations for returning to school that’ll get everyone back on track.

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Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

Children in Minnesota who are 18 years old or younger qualify for free or low-cost vaccines through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program. If they do not have insurance that covers the vaccines, they are eligible for the program. Other qualifications may be insurance that has an annual deductible that hasn’t been met, an insurance policy that does not cover vaccines, or if the child is American Indian or Alaskan native.

Crown Medical Center
1925 1st Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 871-4354

Crown Medical Center provides services for a flexible fee for service schedule to patients 13 years old and older. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments are not required, except on Saturdays. Crown Medical provides low-cost medical care for a number of services, including urgent and primary care, psychology and counseling, and treatment and management of illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure. There is an additional Crown Medical Center located in Brooklyn Park that provides urgent care house calls for certain procedures and treatments as well.

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Phillips Neighborhood Clinic
Oliver Christian Ministry Center
2647 Bloomington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phillips is a free clinic operated by University of Minnesota health professional students who are supervised by licensed technicians. The clinic provides a wide range of services including blood pressure checks, physical exams, pediatrics, well-child exams and lab tests. Specialty services such as foot-care clinics and dermatology services are also offered on specific dates. There are no appointments or insurance requirements.

St. Mary’s Health Clinics
1884 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 287-7700

St. Mary’s Health Clinics may be one of the most well-known networks of free healthcare clinics in the metropolitan area. St. Mary’s reports more than 92,000 people have visited one of its clinics in the last two decades. More than 300 volunteer professionals make up the staff of St. Mary’s Health Clinics to provide medical services to low-income and uninsured men, women and children completely free. Check eligibility and make appointments at the above phone number.

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United Family Medicine
Sibley Plaza Clinic
2423 W. 7th St.
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 241-1000

United Family Medicine has two locations in St. Paul: one in Sibley Plaza Clinic and the other in the Peter J. King Family Health Center. Both clinics provide pediatric care, well-child examinations, immunizations, and other services such as geriatric care and nursing home services for underinsured, uninsured and underserved residents of St. Paul. It accepts more than 400 types of insurance, and for those patients without insurance, United Family Medicine also offers a sliding fee scale that is based on the income and size of the family.

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