GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County has negotiated new terms for the operation of DeVos Place as a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
The agreement, made with the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority and SMG/ASM Global, will allow the building to be rented for free, according to Kent County.
Kent County previously paid the facility $12,000 per day to operate as a vaccine clinic.
We’re told the vaccine consortium will only be charged for costs needed to run the facility, which includes security and EMS services, utilities, and maintenance services.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of our latest discussions with the CAA and SMG regarding the vaccination clinic at DeVos Place,” says Wayman Britt, Kent County administrator. “All parties involved share the goal of operating the most efficient, safe and effective large-scale vaccination clinic in our region. We also share a commitment to be responsible stewards of public dollars and to strengthen the community’s trust.”
Kent County says the new terms will continue until the end of March, adding that they estimate the clinic will vaccinate 140,000 residents a week.