Sparrow Opens Vaccine Registration to All 16 and Older; U.K Variant Now on Campus

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Lines at the Sparrow testing center in Frandor in late May 2020.

On Tuesday, Mar. 16, Sparrow opened its Covid-19 vaccine registration portal to everyone in select counties – including Ingham and Clinton – over the age of 16.

Registrants are asked to follow state prioritization guidelines when making appointments. Anyone age 50 and older, individuals with underlying conditions, and many essential workers are eligible beginning Mar. 22. All others age 16 and older can make appointments from April 5 onward.

You can make an appointment through the My Sparrow Portal. Once logged in, go to the menu (top left), select “Make an Appointment,” and then select Covid-19 vaccine. Anyone can create an account for free at this portal. You do not have to previously received care through Sparrow to make an appointment.

Find out more about Sparrow’s vaccination process here.

The news of Sparrow opening its system came almost simultaneously with Michigan State University President Sam Stanley announcing that the B.1.1.7. coronavirus variant, known colloquially as the U.K. or British variant, is present at the East Lansing campus of MSU.

The presence of the variant was confirmed through a partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

In his letter to the community, Stanley said the news was not necessarily surprising. The variant is present in nearly every state, including Michigan, where 616 cases have been confirmed thus far.

Stanley wrote that, “While the discovery of this variant at MSU is not unexpected, it does reinforce the need for everyone on campus and in our greater East Lansing community to continue careful health and safety practices that we know can slow the spread of COVID-19, including this variant.”

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