Grand Rapids Community College will host its fifth COVID-19 vaccination clinic this semester, which will provide first and/or second doses of the vaccines, as well as booster shots for those that are fully vaccinated.
As of Oct. 22, 62 positive cases have been reported this fall semester, 15 of which reported during the week of Oct. 11-17.
“GRCC’s upcoming vaccination clinic will have first and second doses available, as well as booster shots,” stated GRCC Communications Director Dave Murray. “The additional booster shot is the next dose in a vaccination series to likely boost immunity that has waned over time. The vaccines have proven to be a safe, effective tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the effects of the virus.”
However, not every fully vaccinated individual needs to get a booster shot. According to the CDC, individuals aged 65 and older should receive a booster shot. Those aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should get a booster, as well as those aged 18-49 (based on individual benefits and risks). Long-term care residents aged 18 and older should also receive the booster shot. Lastly, those aged 18-64 who are at an increased risk of exposure and transmission to the virus due to an occupational or institutional setting should receive the booster as well.
The college has continued to allocate resources in preventing the spread of the virus. Face coverings and surface cleaning supplies are provided in every classroom, single person tables were put in all general purpose classrooms to increase space between students, hand sanitizer stations and FEND dispensers are located campus wide, as well as permanent air purification systems being installed to improve indoor air quality.
Students and faculty must wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status. If you are feeling any recognizable symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, you are advised to stay away from campus until cleared by health officials. If this were to occur, please report your situation to the school to help with contact tracing efforts.
If the pandemic has affected your access to food, housing or financial security, GRCC implemented the Get Help Program for students to help ease the stress associated with these challenges.
As a reminder, students who are fully vaccinated have until Nov. 15 to submit their records to the college in order to receive the $200 vaccination incentive.
“More than 4,200 students so far have registered for the college’s vaccination incentive, which is great news,” Murray stated. “The vaccines are one part of GRCC’s overall strategy to slow the spread of COVID. We want students to be healthy and not have their education disrupted.”
The vaccination clinic is set for Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC) auditorium. Walk-ins are welcome and a parking pass will be provided for individuals going to the clinic.