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Walk-in clinics announced, while Kent County begs residents to 'please get vaccinated'



West Michigan Health officials are pleading with residents who have yet to get vaccinated to do so, as new walk-in clinics were announced Monday to make the process easier to navigate. 

The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic will be accepting walk-in COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for anyone who is 18 or older and has not received a first vaccine dose.  

Meanwhile, officials from local grocer giant Meijer announced on Monday, that every store with a pharmacy will have free walk-in vaccination shots available, as locations will receive roughly 100 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna shots each week.

According to health officials in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties, despite the assurance that the vaccines are safe and effective, a large portion of West Michigan’s population remains reluctant to register for an appointment.

Dr. Adam London is Kent County’s Administrative Health Officer. He says right now, only 50 percent of residents have been vaccinated so far.

We have a goal of at least 70 percent of people, (so) we have got a ways to go,” London said. “I strongly encourage everyone--please, get vaccinated. Please help someone else get vaccinated. We all want life to get back to the way we want it. The fastest, quickest way to do that, is by being vaccinated.”

So please do that,” he said.  

The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic is a collaborative effort of Kent County, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Vaccinate West Michigan. The clinic is located in downtown Grand Rapids at DeVos Place. 

Residents who are 16 and 17 are also eligible to be vaccinated, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.