Grocery stores across the nation are helping expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine to Americans. One of these chains is Meijer, and it's even preparing to vaccinate customers outside of the supermarket.
Mass vaccination clinics will begin at Ford Field in Detroit, starting on Wednesday, March 24. The goal is to register, schedule, and submit 5,000 vaccinations a day; and as of March 16, more than 35,000 are ready to go. Invitations will automatically be sent to individuals in vulnerable areas of the city and surrounding areas, Meijer said in a statement. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now)
The Pfizer vaccine will be available for the first six weeks—the first three for the first dose, and the last three for the second dose. For the last two weeks, the Johnson&Johnson shot will be used, according to mLive.
"Our stores and pharmacies have played a pivotal role throughout the pandemic–helping customers at the store, building an online vaccine registry, and administering more than 201,000 doses to Michiganders so far," Meijer President&CEO Rick Keyes said. "We're excited to bring that technology–and our expert teams–to Ford Field to support the state of Michigan and FEMA in this critical endeavor."
If you're a Michigan resident 50 or older, or 16-49 with a pre-existing condition, you can sign up by texting EndCovid to 75049. All residents 16 years and older will be eligible for a vaccine starting on April 5. For more information on vaccine preparation, read up on what to eat after the shot.
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