MCHD is making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible

The health department is doing pop-up clinics, weekly appointments at its Negaunee Township location and home visits.
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 3:45 PM EDT
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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette County Health Department is making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible.

“We’re trying to get all the opportunities available for people to get vaccinated and we’re going to try to meet people where they’re at. So, it’s more convenient for them.,” said Marquette County Health Department Communicable Disease Coordinator Kathleen Mell.

And that’s exactly what her team is doing.

Pop-up clinics like Thursday’s outside of the Armory in Ishpeming have been appearing in Marquette County, and those eligible can get their vaccine. No waiting and no appointment necessary.

“We will just have them fill out a consent form, we provide them with the vaccine information form so that they can review that and learn a little bit more about the vaccine and then we provide them with the vaccine,” she said.

And if you can’t make it to any pop-up clinics, the Health Department is offering vaccines at its Negaunee Township office on a weekly basis.

“On Mondays we do Moderna, on Thursdays we do Pfizer, and if people are interested in the Janssen, people can call and we’ll make accommodations,” said Mell.

For those homebound, the health department is also making home visits to give the vaccine.

“For folks who cannot get out to get a vaccine or if they’re bedridden of bedbound or if they’re autistic and going into a clinic is setting is traumatic for them, they can call the health department and we will schedule and come to the home. We go to the homes on a weekly basis.,” Mell said.

The health department will be hosting another pop-up clinic at Lakeview Arena in Marquette on Friday, June 4 from noon to 4 P.M. No appointment is needed.

To make a homebound appointment, call the health department at 906-458-0651.

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