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Nearly 2,000 students registered so far for GRCC COVID-19 vaccination incentive, community clinic planned for Saturday

Aug. 26 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a vaccination clinic open to the community during the college’s Raider Rally event on Saturday, part of an effort to help students have access to an effective tool in fighting COVID-19.

Nearly 2,000 students have registered so far for a $200 incentive to get the vaccine, one of several measures GRCC has taken to promote safety and wellness as students return to campus on Aug. 30.

“Vaccines are important in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and preventing serious illness and hospitalization,” said Lisa Freiburger, GRCC’s vice president for Finance and Administration. “Our incentive program can encourage students to get their shot, and we are working with community partners to make sure vaccinations are accessible and convenient.”

The clinic is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, in front of GRCC’s Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. Advance registration is not required.

Another clinic is planned for Sept. 8 during GRCC’s Welcome Week, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and from 3-6 p.m. at the Leslie M. Tassell M-TEC. A clinic is planned for the new Lakeshore Campus, 12335 James St. in Holland, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14.

Eligible students can receive a $200 credit on their RaiderCards to use for campus dining, parking, printing, and in the bookstore.

The vaccination incentive program is available to students enrolled in an in-person, hybrid, virtual, or online credit course, clock-hour Job Training program, or apprenticeship program that begins between Aug. 30 and Dec. 16, 2021. Eligible students must meet this enrollment definition at the time incentive funds are disbursed to their RaiderCards and have achieved fully vaccinated status any time on or before Nov. 15, 2021.

To be considered for the incentive, students should log into their Online Center, select the “GRCC Vaccine Incentive” tile, and complete a brief form. There will be a place for students to upload a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination record card.

Credits will be added to RaiderCards in September for students who have completed the process, and weekly thereafter as students become fully vaccinated and upload a photo of their card.

The incentives are limited to GRCC students. Employees are ineligible. Additional information is available on the GRCC COVID information page.

Additional vaccination location information is available at

GRCC’s Raider Rally and Service Saturday are opportunities for students to learn more about campus, have their questions answered, and take care of any details needed to start the fall 2021 semester on Aug. 30.

Service Saturday features specialists from GRCC student support and service offices, including Admissions and Enrollment, Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Student Financial Services, Disability Services, Student Records, and Student Life. Students also will be able to obtain their RaiderCards.

Specialists will be available on the Main Campus as well as the Lakeshore Campus.



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