Saginaw County Health Department planning mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Nobody will receive the vaccine without an appointment
Published: Feb. 9, 2021 at 6:47 PM EST
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SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - The Saginaw County Health Department is planning a massive undertaking to vaccinate 1,000 people in one day against the coronavirus.

“Obviously we’ve been doing clinics every single day since we’ve had the vaccine. But the application is, you know, been small,” said Saginaw County Health Officer Christina Harrington.

This Thursday, the county will hold a mass vaccination drive-thru clinic at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw.

“Now that we’ve received a larger allocation of doses of the Pfizer product we’re excited to be able to offer sort of this really big mass clinic,” Harrington said.

She said a shift in state allocations from hospitals to health departments is why they are able ramp up efforts to vaccinate people in the county.

“So now local health departments are getting more of the vaccine because it is our job to be the community vaccinators as I mentioned, so hospitals have gotten a little bit less so,” Harrington said. “It’s not really that we’re seeing more doses coming into the county. It’s just a shift and where those doses are going.”

Harrington said Thursday’s mass vaccination clinic will be a drive-through event with people driving right onto the Dow Event Center floor and remaining in their vehicles while they receive a shot. The health department, Michigan National Guard and Central Michigan University Medical School all are participating.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is targeting senior citizens age 80 and older who already registered for the vaccine with the health department. No walk-ins will be accepted Thursday and nobody who doesn’t have an appointment will receive the vaccine.

“Folks just need to know we’ll be checking for appointment,” Harrington said. “When the cars pull in and so that they do have to have an appointment or else we’re going to have to turn them away because that dose would then be scheduled for someone else that day.”

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