Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Available All Week Long At Van Buren County Youth Fair | Local News
HARTFORD – People who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 will have the opportunity to do so next week at the Van Buren County Youth Fair, at the corner of Red Arrow Road and St. county 681.
As an added incentive, free VISA gift cards will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to those who do.
COVID-19 vaccines will be available from July 19 to July 24 near the entrance to the fairgrounds for people 12 and older, according to Danielle Persky, health worker for the Van Buren / Cass district health department , who coordinates the clinic with the Van Buren Youth Fair, LTS Management Group, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and United Way of Southwest Michigan.
It is not compulsory to receive a vaccine to attend the youth fair, however, health officials hope people will take the opportunity to get vaccinated, due to a recent increase in the nationwide, positive cases of the Delta variant of COVID -19.
“The spread of the Delta variant threatens to slow the progress we’ve made in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic,” Persky said. “As the prevalence of the Delta variant continues to increase, it is important that individuals get vaccinated against COVID-19. You can significantly reduce the risk of symptomatic COVID-19 infection by receiving one of the available vaccines. “
55% of Van Buren County residents received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, compared to 62.5% overall in Michigan, according to the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard and Michigan Social Services.
Pfizer and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines will be available at the Van Buren County Youth Fair clinic. The hours to receive the vaccines follow: Monday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 12 pm-6pm; Wednesday, 10 am-6pm; Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Adults 18 and over will receive a $ 50 Visa gift card after the Pfizer or Janssen vaccination. Youth ages 12 to 17 will receive a $ 25 Visa gift card after receiving a Pfizer vaccine. First and second dose COVID-19 vaccines will be available.
Health officials say there is only a limited number of gift cards to hand out, so they can’t guarantee one for every attendee. Visa gift cards can be used anywhere Visa credit cards are accepted. One gift card will be offered per person.