Every day more and more people receive the first and second round of the COVID-19 vaccination from clinics all around the state. But how do you know when it's your turn to get vaccinated?
Dr. Hyung Kim, president of Mercy Health Saint Mary's gives an update on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, and what patients can expect moving forward.
So far, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has given around 22,000 vaccines. Weekly, they are distributing right around 100% of the vaccines they receive, meaning they are getting the vaccines into arms as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Currently, the following people are getting vaccinated:
- Front line health care workers (from MHSM, MHPP, and our partners.)
- Front line workers such as teachers and law enforcement, which were assigned to us by the Kent County Health Department.
- MHPP patients who currently qualify, 65+ with special attention to 75+ and those with other health factors.
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is partnering with Kent County Health Department, Spectrum Health, and Vaccinate West Michigan on the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place. This is a large-scale facility that will allow us to vaccinate a large number of people.
There's a drive-through vaccine clinic in the Eerdman Building on Saint Mary’s campus as well. This site is helpful for those with mobility issues, as patients are able to remain inside their vehicles while receiving the vaccine. Mercy Health also has a vaccine clinic in Kentwood, for individuals who may not want to venture downtown.
All vaccine clinics are available by appointment only, Mercy Health will not serve walk-ups.
Remember, after getting the vaccine, it is still important to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands often.
To learn more about Mercy Health’s vaccination efforts, visit MercyHealth.com/vaccine.