Health Department and Sparrow Announce Open Vaccine Appointments and Increased Capacity

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Gary Caldwell for ELi

A volunteer at Ingham County Health Department's vaccine clinic at the MSU Pavilion fills syringes with vaccine dosage.

The Ingham County Health Department announced on Monday that it is expanding its vaccination capabilities at its mass vaccination sites at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing, Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, and the Dwight Rich School of the Arts in Lansing, while Sparrow Hospital is now offering walk-in vaccines at the Frandor shopping center.

In its announcement, the Health Department estimated that it has been vaccinating approximately 1,600 people each day, but now it plans to vaccinate 3,000 to 4,000 people a day due to “personnel support from the Department of Defense through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program.”

All Michiganders – not just Ingham County residents – can now make an appointment here. Slots are open for as soon as this week.

The press release quoted Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail saying, “Ensuring that everyone in the state who wants a vaccine can get a vaccine benefits us all. We are seeing the number of new cases soar across the state, and there is a sense of urgency with getting people vaccinated.”

Sparrow also now has walk-in hours – in addition to vaccines by appointment – by which individuals can receive a vaccine on a first come, first served basis at its Frandor location, in the old Sears building. The hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: noon to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A special evening clinic at the Frandor location will be held this Wednesday, April 21, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vaccines are now being given inside the former Sears store, not at the former automotive repair drive-thru. Sparrow estimates that it can now vaccinate 3,000 people daily, up from 1,100 when it used the drive-thru.

Below is a list of places offering vaccinations in our area.

Ingham County Health Department

To make an appointment at one of Ingham County Health Department’s mass vaccination centers, click here.

ICHD is also offering pop-up clinics and vaccine appointments through its community health centers. Those appointments need to be made over the phone. Here are your options:

  • Forest Community Health Center at (517) 887-4302: vaccines will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m – 4:20 p.m.
  • Birch Community Health Center at (517) 244-8030: vaccines will be available Mondays, 8-11:30 a.m.
  • New Hope Community Health Center at (517) 887-4400: vaccines will be available Fridays, 1-4:30 p.m.

Sparrow Health Systems

You can make an appointment with Sparrow through the My Sparrow Portal. Even if you have not received care through Sparrow previously, you can create an account to make appointment.

Walk-in hours, when vaccines are available on a first come, first served basis at the Sears Frandor, are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: noon to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meijer Pharmacy

To register through Meijer, fill out this form.

Rite Aid

To make an appointment, click here.

Walgreens

To make an appointment, click here.

Walmart

To make an appointment, click here. Sam’s Club, which is affiliated with Walmart, will also be offering vaccines to both members and non-members. You can find out more here.

Kroger

To make an appointment, click here.

CVS

To make an appointment, click here.

Costco

To make an appointment, click here.

This article was updated on Mar. 4 at 9:00 am to reflect new information on which prioritization groups are eligible for vaccines.

This article was updated on Mar. 18 at 12:00 pm to reflect new information on eligibility and availability.

This article was updated on April 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm to reflect increased vaccination capacity.

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