Ingham County Health Department forced to cancel mass vaccination clinic because of winter storm


An MSU COVID-19 detection kit/ Photo Credit: MSU University Communications

Nathan Stearns, News Director

LANSING— On Tuesday, the Ingham County Health Department announced that it has cancelled its mass vaccination clinic for Feb. 16, due to the massive winter storm that has affected most of lower Michigan.

People who are affected by this announcement will have their appointment rescheduled via email or telephone for sometime later this week. 

“No one should worry that they will need to reenter the queue for the vaccine due today’s cancellation,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail said. “Vaccine doses are secure for those who had an appointment today. Everyone scheduled will receive an email or telephone call to reschedule.”

Appointments that were made through the Ingham County Health Department are not transferable to other locations. As such, patients who had previously scheduled appointments at the Michigan State University pavilion should not attempt to show up to other vaccine locations.  All rescheduled appointments will still allow for people to get vaccinated at the MSU pavilion later in the week.

Since vaccine distribution has started to ramp up across the country, nearly 53 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.  On Monday alone, over 2 million new doses were administered. 

Since the pandemic began, over 15,000 Michiganders have died from the virus, and over 630,000 state residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  Across the United States, over 485,000 people have died from COVID-19; 27.7 million cases have also been reported.