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COVID vaccine booster shots available for GRCC students, employees, and community members at Oct. 27 clinic

Oct. 21, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College is planning a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees and community members that includes booster shots all three vaccines for those who are eligible.

The clinic comes as the deadline approaches for students to take advantage of a $200 incentive to receive the vaccine. More than 4,200 students so far have gained the incentive payment. Students must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15 to be eligible.

The clinic is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center auditorium, 151 Fountain St. NE.  A parking pass will be provided for individuals getting the vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome.

The clinics are part of an effort to help students, employees and community members have access to an effective COVID-fighting tool. All three COVID-19 vaccine options will be available.

It is recommended that people bring their vaccine card if they are getting a second vaccine dose or a booster vaccine.

The Pfizer booster vaccine will also be available for those who qualify. Eligibility information is here.

Additional vaccination location information is available at vaccinatewestmi.com

Students who have already received the vaccine or who are fully vaccinated by Nov. 15 will receive a $200 credit on their RaiderCard accounts to use for campus dining, parking, printing, and in the bookstore.

The incentive will be available for students enrolled for the fall 2021 semester. The college is using federal Strengthening Institutions Program Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds for the project.

The incentive program is one of the steps GRCC is taking or extending as part of a campus safety and wellness plan.

On-campus class sizes will be limited to 75 percent capacity, and the college is replacing two-person desks with single-person desks in most classrooms. Hundreds of hand sanitizing stations were added last year, and changes were made to campus cooling and ventilation to increase air flow.

College leaders are monitoring developments with COVID-19 and the delta variant, and are communicating with state and federal health authorities for guidance as conditions change.

GRCC Nursing students administered shots into the arms of students, campus employees, and others in the spring as part of the Shot of Love campaign, a partnership with Urban Church Leadership Center and Spectrum Health.

In May, the college hosted a campus vaccination pop-up clinic, which was visited by first lady Jill Biden.

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