By Joseph Poulos
Grand Rapids Community College will host another COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, Nov. 11, offering first and second doses of the vaccine as well as booster shots to those who are eligible.
This vaccination clinic is part of a series of active measures to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. GRCC’s Oct. 27 clinic saw 76 people get vaccinated through Visit Cares, the organization that partnered with GRCC and the state of Michigan to distribute vaccines.
“The COVID-19 vaccination clinics are a partnership with the state government, which covers much of the cost,” stated GRCC Communication Director Dave Murray.
While the first round of GRCC vaccine clinics were originally scheduled to end on Sep. 14 this year, the college has been encouraged by a good turnout of individuals receiving doses of the vaccine to continue the process in getting the GRCC community vaccinated against the virus.
“We were encouraged by the large numbers of students, employees, and community members who attended the recent vaccination clinic late last month,” Murray stated. “Health and safety are a top priority, and these clinics are an excellent opportunity to connect the GRCC family and community with the vaccines, which are a safe, effective tool in mitigating the effects of the virus.”
In addition to the administration of vaccines, GRCC remains committed to making the campus a safer place for students, including: face coverings and surface cleaning supplies in every classroom, single person tables installed in all general purpose classrooms, hand sanitizer stations and FEND dispensers installed campus wide and permanent air purification systems to improve indoor air quality.
Students are encouraged to bring their vaccine cards if they are getting a second vaccine dose or a booster vaccine, as those who are fully vaccinated by Nov. 15 will receive a $200 incentive added to their RaiderCard accounts. These funds can be used to pay for campus parking, bookstore supplies, printing and campus dining.
Incentive funds remain limited, so any interested students are encouraged to register quickly via their Online Center. They must complete the form titled “GRCC Vaccine Incentive” and then verify their vaccination in order to receive the incentive.
As far as future vaccination clinics go, there are no concrete plans set in motion.
“Additional clinics are a possibility, but we have not scheduled any beyond Nov. 11 at this point,” Murray stated. “We’ll continue monitoring the situation and working with health authorities.”
The upcoming vaccination clinic will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center auditorium located at 151 Fountain St. NE.
Additional information on COVID-19 campus updates can be found here.