I recently had the honor and privilege of assisting the Calhoun County Health Department in the COVID vaccination clinics. These clinics have been taking place since mid-January, administering vaccinations to those in Phase 1 of the distribution plan. To date I have worked at clinics in Albion, Battle Creek, Marshall, and Tekonsha. I am so impressed by the planning, organization, hard work, and dedication of our Health Department staff. They all deserve awards and recognition for all they do to help keep people in Calhoun County safe and healthy.

As a volunteer working registration, I had the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with the folks coming through. One lady shared that two of her sisters in Florida had passed away from Covid. Another shared that her daughter had died, and another her husband. I felt so bad and all I could say was that I was so sorry for their loss. It was a reminder of how important helping people get a vaccine is.

One lady came to my table and cried. She was crying because she was so happy to be getting the shot. It was a reminder of how desperate people are to get the vaccine and how appreciative they are. So many people expressed their gratitude and appreciation for how organized things were and how quickly they were able to get through the clinic.

The number for Calhoun County seniors 65+ to be put on the waitlist for the next available clinic is 269-441-0912. Help is always needed. If you are interested in volunteering, the Health Department asks that you register at the Michigan Volunteer Registry at mivolunteerregistry.org.

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