Kalamazoo County holds first mass-vaccination events

Open to EMTs and other frontline health workers, clinics on Tuesday and Wednesday aim to inoculate 500 people.

Less than a week after the first COVID-19 vaccines were delivered, Kalamazoo County is holding its first mass-vaccination events.

Open to frontline medical workers, such as EMTs and nurses, officials expect the vaccine clinics on December 22 and 23 to give the first doses to as many as 500 people. Both vaccines currently being administered must be given twice.

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“There will be over 300 people we plan to vaccine [Tuesday], and over 200 people we plan to vaccinate [Wednesday],” County Medical Director Doctor William Nettleton told WMUK. “So, we’re here all afternoon and through the evening to accommodate the special, unique features of being on call 24/7 as a health care worker.”

Eventually, the county hopes to begin immunizing others at high risk of contracting COVID-19, such as teachers, grocery store workers, and people over age 65.

“The general population will likely be vaccinated later in the spring, once more availability of the vaccine becomes more apparent,” he said.

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