In the second of several planned COVID-19 veteran vaccination clinics around Michigan, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will vaccinate veterans, their spouses, family members and caregivers on April 26 at the Lakeside Mall Drive-Thru in Sterling Heights. All vaccine recipients must be 18 or older.
The vaccination clinics are a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and the Michigan National Guard, which both fall under the state DMVA, and are under the medical direction of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The Metro Detroit clinic will be the second vaccination clinic hosted by the DMVA, after a March 22 clinic in Marquette where 328 individuals were vaccinated.
The April 26 vaccination clinic will run from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Lakeside Mall Drive-Thru, formerly Sears Auto, located at 14100 Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights. Patrons will receive the Moderna vaccine and will require a follow-up appointment for the second dose.
Vaccines will be available free of charge for those who register in advance for a time slot by calling 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838) and choosing option 6. Registration is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Veterans are encouraged to bring their DD-214 proof of service, as representatives will be on hand to help them sign up for VA health care and other benefits.
"Our first vaccination clinic was highly successful, and we want to keep the momentum going," said MVAA Director Zaneta Adams. "There are tens of thousands of veterans and their families in Metro Detroit who deserve the highest-quality of care and access to medical benefits like the COVID vaccine. These vaccination clinics are integral in helping veterans across the state."