The Central Michigan District Health Department will host two community COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Central Michigan University's Finch Fieldhouse Feb. 17 and 18.
During the clinics, the health department will provide vaccinations — by appointment only — for Isabella County residents who are on the health department's prioritization list.
Melissa DeRoche, emergency preparedness coordinator and public information officer for CMDHD, said vaccines administered at the clinics next week will primarily be second doses for individuals who have already received their first shot at other clinics.
"We have many people who are in need of receiving their second dose of a vaccine, so this clinic will focus on those," DeRoche said. "The health department will directly contact Isabella County residents who are eligible for an appointment at one of the clinics on CMU's campus."
Nick Long, CMU vice president for finance and administrative services, said that CMU's ability to help the Mount Pleasant and Isabella County communities is core to the university's mission.
"CMU is looking forward to providing a venue and staffing for this very important effort in our community's fight against COVID-19," Long said. "We have been heavily engaged with our community partners since the pandemic began, and we will do everything we can to continue supporting them."
Long said the campus community will not be impacted by the clinics other than the closure of parking lot 18, located on the south side of Finch Fieldhouse, which will be reserved for clinic attendees only Feb. 17 and 18.