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MSU faculty and staff can volunteer for vaccine administration in return for their own vaccine

March 12, 2021
<p>The Michigan State Spartan logo on a building, photographed Aug. 31, 2020.</p>

The Michigan State Spartan logo on a building, photographed Aug. 31, 2020.

Photo by Annie Barker | The State News

Michigan State University announced Friday that all MSU faculty and staff can volunteer to play a role in vaccine distribution in Ingham County in return for their own COVID-19 vaccine. 

Currently, there are more than 5,000 faculty and academic staff, as well as 17,000 student employees at MSU that are eligible to apply for the volunteer program. 

If faculty or staff register to volunteer, they will commit to a minimum of four five-hour shifts at a vaccine distribution center in Ingham County. After the fourth shift, they will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

MSU faculty and staff can submit their application online. The MSU Police Department will facilitate the required background check and screening process for the health department. Once approved, the employee names will be referred to the Ingham County Health Department and they will contact employees to sign up for shifts at a vaccine distribution center. 

This offer is only valid to faculty and staff with a valid MSU NetID. That includes students who work for MSU, such as employees for Residential and Hospital Services. Those who do not live in Ingham County or work at the East Lansing campus currently may still register. 

The program is not available for family members of MSU employees, or students who are not staff members at MSU.

If residents are interested in the vaccine program but are not eligible under these conditions, MSU Deputy Spokesperson Dan Olsen encourages them to contact the Ingham County Health Department, as they may need more volunteers. 

The health department reached out to the MSU administration because they needed more volunteers to keep the mass vaccination operation running successfully as they scale-up, according to Olsen. 

“This was an opportunity to be good community partners,” said Olsen. 

The health department’s largest county operation is at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. At the site, approximately 180 vaccine doses are administered per hour. The county health department requires 110 volunteers per shift in order to manage these logistics. 

This need for more volunteers comes at a critical time, as the State Emergency Operations Center announced today that Michiganders 16 and older with disabilities or medical conditions will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, March 22. 

The state also announced that beginning Monday, April 5, any resident of Michigan who is age 16 or older that has not received the vaccine yet will be eligible. 

The MSU administration encourages faculty and staff to take advantage of this service opportunity and support the Michigan effort to have 70% of the state vaccinated.

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