Walk-in vaccines at Michigan Stadium; councilmember Hayner disciplined; Earth Day weekend

Michigan Stadium
Michigan Stadium (2020 Getty Images)

Happy Friday!

Michigan Medicine is now offering walk-in COVID vaccination appointments at the Big House. Anyone who has a current Michigan Medicine medical record number can receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Note: Those who have no record of being treated at the health system will be turned away.

Additionally, the Washtenaw County Health Department will be hosting a small pop-up vaccination event for the disability community from 1-2:30 p.m. today. This includes caregivers and family members who have not been vaccinated yet.

Have a great weekend.

- Meredith (@meredith_A4)

What’s been happening:

🗣 Ann Arbor City Council this week stripped councilman Jeff Hayner (D-Ward 1) of all Council committees and other appointments after he posted a homophobic slur on social media. Ahead of the vote, Hayner slammed the decision to punish him, calling it a “dangerous precedent.” (A4)

📝 Phillis Engelbert, the owner of vegan eatery Detroit Street Filling Station, penned an open letter to Ann Arbor city leaders calling for an “emergency shutdown” of all nonessential activity. In the letter, she specifically references the downtown street closures that she says encourage people to congregate. (A4)

📷 See photos from Saturday’s protest honoring George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. (A4)

️⚽️ According to a national poll conducted by Michigan Medicine’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, one in four parents say youth sports are not properly enforcing COVID-19 protocols. (A4)

🧪️ Ann Arbor Public Schools will be offering free COVID testing at Huron High School on Saturday for members of its community. (A4)

🌆 The University of Michigan has voiced concerns to city leadership over a new apartment development that would be built next to the school’s golf course. (MLive)

🎮 U-M just got a major gift from the CEO of Activision Blizzard to establish an esports minor. The company is famous for its entertainment enterprises Call of Duty, Candy Crush, World of Warcraft and more. (A4)

🤝 Have you lost a loved one to COVID-19? Arbor Hospice leads several virtual support groups for those who have lost family and friends to the novel virus. (A4)

🚍 Michigan Flyer-AirRide will be restoring its daily service between East Lansing, Brighton, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport on Monday. (A4)

🥪 Are you or someone you know looking for a job in the local hospitality industry? Zingerman’s is currently hiring for more than 20 positions. (A4)

💊 Do you have unused, old or expired medications lying around the house? You can drop them off for safe disposal at these three locations on Saturday. (A4)

Good to know:

🌍 In honor of Earth Day, the city of Ann Arbor is holding three volunteer events in its nature areas this weekend. Interested? Register today by noon. (A4)

🌳 Speaking of outdoor projects, the city has just opened five locations for residents to pick up free wood chips. (A4)

🛶 Boats are back at Gallup Park! You can now reserve canoes, kayaks, kid kayaks, paddleboats and rafts at the livery. (A4)

🎨 Do you miss seeing art? Me too. Check out this new exhibit in town that features local and international works crafted during the pandemic. (Concentrate)

Feature interview of the week:

“I’m optimistic that a very high number of students will be vaccinated before the fall semester. We are discussing and considering whether to mandate vaccination.”

- U-M President Mark Schlissel (Michigan Radio)

🗨 Have something to share? Write me anytime at mbruckner@wdiv.com.

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About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.