Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Providing easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine is an essential element of the Battle Creek VA Medical Center distribution plan. The plan focuses on proving both equitable access and simple ways to get Veterans vaccinated. “We want to meet Veterans where they live to remove the barriers” said Michelle Martin, Battle Creek VA Medical Center Director. “With that in mind, we are taking the COVID-19 vaccine on the road and offering walk-in clinics.”
The first mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the Battle Creek VAMC was held a little more than an hour south of the facility in Sturgis, Michigan. Located in rural St. Joseph County, Sturgis is a small central town surrounded by many lakes and farming communities. The mobile vaccination clinic was coordinated with the St. Joseph County Center on Aging, the Health Department, and the County Veteran Service Office. The event on March 5, 2021 was a success due to local coordination and partnerships. Veterans could walk-in to receive their vaccine making it easy and convenient. Checkout the highlight video to learn more.
The team is now gearing up to hit a variety of towns across the 22 counties in southwest Michigan. There are plans in the works to visit towns like Dowagiac, Coldwater, Ludington, Allegan, and many more. Walk-in clinics help to remove the burden of scheduling and help make it easier for Veterans. The Medical Center is coordinating with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), County Veterans Service Offices, Health Departments, Veterans Service Organizations, and other private groups and organizations who are willing to lend a hand to this effort. There are two key goals of the mobile vaccination team: (1) To educate Veteran about the safety, effectiveness, and importance of the vaccine, and (2) to make the vaccine easily accessible and remove barriers to getting vaccinated. Look for the mobile vaccination clinic on the road coming to a town near you in southwest, Michigan.
Information will be regularly updated on the website https://www.battlecreek.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp and shared on social media as new events are planned.