Sterling Heights aims to have drive-thru COVID vaccine clinic set up by next month

City expects to vaccinate 2,000 each week

There is going to be a new COVID vaccination clinic in Sterling Heights.

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – There is going to be a new COVID vaccination clinic in Sterling Heights.

This site will be unique because it will be a drive-thru vaccination site. It will be held inside the old Sears Automotive in Lakeside Mall.

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Up until now, cities with health departments -- like Detroit -- and pharmacies and hospitals have been able to offer the COVID-19 vaccination. But a city hasn’t been able to do it yet on its own.

Michael Taylor is the mayor of Sterling Heights. Taylor believes Sterling Heights is the first in the state.

“What we first had to do is certify firefighters then get approval from the state to receive the vaccine doses,” Taylor said.

On top of $5,500 a month in rent, Sterling Heights is investing $80,000 into the building. It’s preparing to hold a drive-thru vaccination clinic.

“The cost of saving lives, getting businesses open, it’s almost priceless,” Taylor said.

They expect to be able to vaccinate 2,000 people every week. They believe the clinic will be up and running by April 1.

Patients will have to make an appointment to get a vaccination. The city is building a website for that now.

READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases

About the Authors:

Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.