COVID-19 vaccinations begin at DeVos Place convention center in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Healthcare workers began administering the COVID-19 vaccine Monday afternoon at the DeVos Place convention center in downtown Grand Rapids.
The clinic was established as a partnership between the Kent County Department of Health, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health. The clinic initially received approximately 7,200 doses of vaccine for distribution starting this week, with the goal of eventually increasing to 20,000 doses per day as supplies become available.
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, is a large convention center with a 162,000 square foot exhibition hall and various ballrooms and meeting rooms. It was a natural fit for the clinic due to its large space, accessibility by public transport, proximity to several highways and the fact that a parking garage is located under the building, officials said. .
The idea behind running the clinic as a partnership between the health service and two hospitals is to share resources and build capacity for vaccine distribution.
DeVos Place is made available after Kent County signed a lease for the space with the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention / Arena Authority (CAA). The CAA is the public authority that owns and operates DeVos Place.
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Partners are charged $ 12,000 per day to use the facility for the clinic, according to Kent County officials. This is a discount from the normal fee of $ 33,525.
Vaccine doses will be available by appointment only.
Currently, those eligible for the vaccine include those aged 65 and over, as well as teachers, daycare educators, law enforcement and other essential frontline workers. Clinic appointments can be made online at wmvaccineclinic.org or by calling 833-755-0696.
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