SpartanNash launching COVID-19 booster clinic in Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Family Fare in south Grand Rapids will reopen later this week as a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot clinic.

SpartanNash, which owns the property, is opening the clinic on Breton Road SE north of 44th Street each Thursday through the end of the October to give shots to those who qualify.

That includes those who are older than 65 and living in a long-term care facility, those older than 50 with an underlying health conditions and those older than 18 with underlying conditions or who work in high-risk environments. People who meet those requirements are asked to schedule an appointment at shopfamilyfare.com/covid19vaccine.

“We know that earlier the year … there was a lot of people who were able to get vaccines at mass clinics who would now potentially be eligible for a Pfizer booster and so we wanted to make vaccines available for our communities in an easy way,” Amy Ellis, the pharmacy services manager for SpartanNash, told News 8 in a Zoom interview Tuesday.

Right now, only Pfizer’s booster shots have federal authorization. Vaccine shots are free.

The first clinic day is this Thursday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 a.m. The clinic will open again during the same hours on the 21st and the 28th.

“We have about 500 appointments each week,” Ellis said. “We can accommodate more if there’s more demand but that’s our starting point.”

Ellis added that anyone eligible can also simply walk up to pharmacies at any SpartanNash store, which includes Family Fare and D&W, to get a booster anytime.

Flu vaccines will also be available at the Breton Road clinic. Ellis said you can get both on the same day.

The Family Fare on Breton Road closed in July.

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