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New indoor vaccination site allows Sparrow to increase COVID vaccine distribution to community

The drive-thru will remain in operation for testing and have the capability to expand to seven lanes.
Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 7:19 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A new indoor vaccination site will allow Sparrow to safely provide up to 3,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day to Mid-Michigan residents. That is three times as many as possible in Sparrow’s drive-thru location.

After administering thousands of vaccines in recent months at the Sparrow Laboratories Drive-Thru Clinic at Frandor, vaccinations have now moved indoors at the building formerly Sears.

“The increased availability of vaccines exceeds what we can handle at the drive-thru site and necessitates this change,” said Sparrow Health System spokesman John Foren. “This will allow us to better fulfill our mandate to vaccinate as many people in the community as possible and protect the health and safety of Mid-Michigan residents.”

Additional advantages include:

  • patients and caregivers not being subject to varying weather conditions at the outdoor drive-thru,
  • less traffic congestion,
  • and reduced wait times for COVID testing and blood draws at the drive-thru.

The drive-thru will remain in operation for testing and have the capability to expand to seven lanes.

Parking will be in the entire lot on the north side of Sears, with eight volunteers working throughout April to guide patients to the indoor entrance. Eagle Eye Golf Course has donated a golf cart to assist some patients and six wheelchairs will be available.

Only patients will be allowed in the POD, except for a parent/guardian accompanying a minor; parents who bring small children with them; and patients who need aid due to disabilities or language barriers.

Patients will form a queue in eight lanes marked for social distancing and be checked in through Epic. Registration will continue through the MySparrow app with the process remaining unchanged for Sparrow caregivers.

Hours of operation of the Indoor POD will be:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday 1-6 p.m.
  • Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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