Spectrum Health Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for the Public
Appointments are required to manage limited vaccine supply
Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 11, 2021 – In response to the State of Michigan expanding eligibility for vaccination, Spectrum Health today began vaccinating adults age 65 and over, and certain Phase 1B individuals such as teachers and childcare workers. There are a total of 10,000 appointments scheduled between now and the end of the week and each has been filled.
Spectrum Health will launch other vaccination clinics this week by appointment only in Grand Rapids, Greenville, Big Rapids, Hastings and Zeeland with additional locations opening as more vaccine becomes available.
The vaccine distribution is dependent on vaccine supply, which varies from week-to-week. Scheduling will take place as Spectrum Health receives vaccine doses.
“We are seeing overwhelming demand for the vaccine and ask for the community’s patience as we work as quickly as possible to schedule appointments and set up additional clinics,” stated Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, President, Spectrum Health West Michigan. “We understand that the vaccine represents hope for better days ahead, and a sense of normalcy for our lives and the economy.”
To find out more about scheduling a vaccination, go to:
www.spectrumhealth.org/vaccine. Community members are also encouraged to download the Spectrum Health app and sign up for a MyChart account, which is a key step in the scheduling process for a vaccination appointment.
Per the State of Michigan, essential workers, including teachers and others, should work through their employers to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination.
Sounding a note of cautious optimism about no post holiday surges,Spectrum Health President & CEO, Tina Freese Decker said they were seeing cases beginning to plateau with 20% of ICU beds system-wide currently filled with COVID patients accounting for 183 beds.