COVID-19

Mass vaccination clinics on the way out in Kzoo

County officials don't see much need for the clinics as vaccination rates climb.

With 54% of eligible residents fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Kalamazoo County is scaling back its mass vaccination clinics.

Previously, the county’s Department of Health and Community Services (KCHCS) has held large-scale vaccination clinics at the county’s Expo Center.

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Officials with KCHCS said the wide availability of the vaccine made the mass clinics unnecessary, though they will continue with smaller, more targeted clinics.

“While we have been extremely successful vaccinating the majority of our residents, we must continue to address barriers to vaccination,” said County Health Officer Jim Rutherford in a news release. “Smaller community based clinics are a great way to reach people in settings that they are comfortable in.”

One program in particular will focus on elderly residents who are homebound. The county’s Area Agency on Aging is piloting a program to provide vaccinations to people in their own homes. Interested individuals can call (269) 373-5200 to be added to a waiting list.

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