Free food and prizes … and vaccines

A vaccination clinic in Kalamazoo's Eastside seeks to incentivize inoculations with gifts.

The flyer for the vaccination clinic looks as much like an ad for a block party as it does for a vital medical event. And that’s the point.

The vaccine drive, planned for Friday afternoon at an Eastside party store, hopes to get people their shots by tempting them with a festive atmosphere, as well as food and prizes.

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The clinic is being run by the Family Health Center and hosted by the group Mothers of Hope. Besides food and music, it promises a free bottle of laundry detergent and a prepaid laundry card for everyone who pre-registers.

“This effort is designed to address the health disparities of people in the neighborhood which have been more exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads a news release.

While they want people to set up appointments ahead of time, the organizers are expecting walk-ups as well.

You can register for a slot here or by texting (269) 270-5810. The clinic will feature the Pfizer vaccine, which means it’s open to anyone 16 and older.

The clinic will run from 3 to 6pm Friday at the 13 1/2 Party Store on Riverview Drive.

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