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October 6, 2020

Meijer teams up with SVSU to offer flu vaccinations for campus community

To promote community health, Saginaw Valley State University this week is partnering with Meijer to offer flu vaccinations to students, faculty and staff at SVSU. The 3-day program began Monday and concludes Wednesday. 
 
Members of the media are invited to the Wednesday session, which spans 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the SVSU Fieldhouse located in the Ryder Center facility on campus. 
 
Twelve pharmacists from Meijer have been administering the vaccinations this week. SVSU students – including 20 students studying nursing at the university – are assisting with a health screening process. 
 
“Getting vaccinated for the flu has always been important, but it is especially important this year,” said Susan Brasseur, SVSU’s director of continuing education and external project management. 
 
“The flu and COVID-19 share many of the same symptoms. By vaccinating people for the flu, it will keep them from getting sick with an illness that could be mistaken for COVID-19. It will keep people healthier.” 
 
Brasseur is serving as a coordinator of the campus flu vaccination program. 
 
For each day of this week’s program, more than 200 people were signed up to receive the vaccination. Walk-in appointments also are encouraged. The entire vaccination process spans about 10 minutes on average, Brasseur said. 
 
The flu vaccination program is not open to the general public. 
 
Campus staff members have worked with students to help pay for the flu vaccination if they do not possess health insurance that covers costs. 
 
As with all visitors, members of the media entering SVSU facilities must wear a protective face mask, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet, and complete and pass an online health screening form. The form is available at the following URL: https://web.ivy.ai/app/campusclear.