No appointment required Thursday and Friday for COVID-19 vaccine at MSU Pavilion


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Nathan Stearns, News Director

INGHAM COUNTY— Residents and those who work in Ingham County have the opportunity to receive the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the MSU Pavilion without scheduling an appointment Thursday and Friday. Anyone who is 16 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine in a drive-thru setting.

“About half of the eligible population in Ingham County has been vaccinated,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “We are now trying to reach segments of the population who have barriers or hesitations around the vaccine. Convenience is a factor for some people, and we are trying to make it easier to get vaccinated.”

Earlier in the week, the Ingham County Health Department announced that any resident in Michigan can schedule an appointment at one of the counties three vaccination sites.

The announcement comes as the state continues to grapple with another large COVID-19 surge. The state announced 6,000 new cases on Wednesday and 44 new deaths; during the week of April 16, the state was seeing an average of 9,000 new cases a day, the highest mark in the country. Currently, 76,000 residents, almost 31.5% of the counties population, are fully immunized, while 115,000 residents have received at least one dose of either the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.