With the Horseshoe Arena mass vaccination site set to close at the end of the week, Midland Health is planning the next phase of taking the vaccine into the community.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers says the vaccines will now be taken into the community to be distributed in places like schools, churches, and community centers where health officials can reach hundreds of people.

It has already started this week as vaccination clinics have opened up at Lee and Midland High Schools along with clinics being held at Trinity, Midland College, Midland Christian, Martin Luther King Community Center, Southeast Community Center, just to name a few.

“It's going to take longer to get more people vaccinated,” Meyers said. “We will continue the drumbeat of getting vaccinations out, getting it in the arms of people who are willing to take it and continuing to educate people who have doubts and who have questions about the vaccine. We're going to continue to try to make it convenient and make full information accessible to them, so they can make a good decision.”

Midland Health reports that 30% of the population have been fully vaccinated and 38% have received at least one dose. The number of doses being administered is declining and Midland Health expects that as more get vaccinated that the numbers will continue to decline.

With the decline, Midland Health is working with the state and getting excess supplies out to other places in the state in need of more doses.

To get scheduled for a vaccination, just go to the Midland Health website.

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