Appointments required to manage limited vaccine supply
FREMONT, Mich., Jan. 16, 2021 – In response to the State of Michigan expanding eligibility for vaccination, Spectrum Health will begin vaccinating adults age 65 and over, and certain essential workers.
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will offer vaccines by appointment on Tuesday, Jan. 19. When an appointment is scheduled, the individual will receive information on location and time. Availability will depend on supplies of vaccines.
To find out more about scheduling a vaccination, go to www.spectrumhealth.org/vaccine. Once at the page, scroll down to “COVID-19 vaccine scheduling” for step-by-step directions. 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.
Spectrum Health is also holding vaccination clinics by appointment in Grand Rapids, Greenville, Hastings and Zeeland with additional locations opening as more vaccine becomes available. As more vaccines become available, additional clinics will be announced.
“This vaccine represents a light at the end of the tunnel for our community and a step toward moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Drew Dostal, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial president and leader for the Northwest Region. “Gerber Memorial is honored and excited to distribute the vaccine, working together with our partners in local health departments and throughout the community. We know many people are eager to get vaccinated, and we’re eager to help them schedule an appointment for it. 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. We understand that the vaccine represents hope for better days ahead, and a sense of normalcy for our lives and the economy.”
Spectrum Health is working with community partners and area health departments to plan additional vaccine sites across the region in the coming weeks—including clinics for under-represented communities—in an effort to make the vaccine as accessible as possible for all individuals.
Spectrum Health has provided a total of more than 31,000 vaccinations to the public as well as to individuals in Phase 1a that the health system has been asked to vaccinate, including independent doctors, dentists and their staff. The vaccine distribution is dependent on vaccine supply, which varies from week-to-week. Scheduling will take place as Spectrum Health receives vaccine doses.
Per the State of Michigan, essential workers, including teachers and others, should work through their employers to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination.