Warren partners with Walgreens, McLaren to deliver vaccine

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 22, 2021

 Marisa Kujawa, of Sterling Heights, a Walgreens pharmacist, prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at the clinic hosted at Warren’s City Hall on March 12.

Marisa Kujawa, of Sterling Heights, a Walgreens pharmacist, prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at the clinic hosted at Warren’s City Hall on March 12.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 City officials said 3,092 people were vaccinated during a three-day clinic held in the atrium of Warren’s City Hall March 10-12.

City officials said 3,092 people were vaccinated during a three-day clinic held in the atrium of Warren’s City Hall March 10-12.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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WARREN — A total of 3,092 people received the first round of the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at Warren’s City Hall March 10-12 through a partnership between the city, McLaren Health System and Walgreens.

“It was tremendous. People were really excited,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said on March 17.

After what he called a successful event with no negative reactions and no incidents, the mayor said another clinic offering the first of two doses is in the works.

Those who received the first of two Pfizer doses were also scheduled for their second shot.  

No further dates for a future clinic were finalized at press time on March 18, but sources said the city was working with both Walgreens and McLaren, and with Macomb County, in an attempt to set up a drive-thru clinic using the first floor of the City Hall parking structure.

The March 10-12 clinics were supported by paramedics from the Warren Fire Department. Security was provided by the Warren Police Department and the Citizen Emergency Response Team.

“I speak with Warren residents every day who are having difficulty accessing COVID-19 vaccinations. Throughout the pandemic, Warren City Hall has served as a hub of help for our residents. Our partnership with Forgotten Harvest Food Bank has delivered countless food packages every Monday to residents in need, and through our partnership with Wayne State Health we have administered thousands of COVID-19 tests free of charge every Thursday and Saturday. All of these services delivered right in front of City Hall,” Fouts stated in a press release about the clinic.

The first vaccine clinic was held in the first-floor atrium at City Hall on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road.

“We are working to make this an ongoing project with the goal of helping to make certain that everyone in our community gets vaccinated soon so we can start returning to normal,” Fouts said in the release.

Priority phase guidelines for vaccination and event scheduling continue to change. For the latest information about vaccination opportunities and availability, including events hosted by the city, www.cityofwarren.org/covid-19-resources-information.

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