The Yemeni American News
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Over the coming days, Hamtramck Public Schools will be holding a COVID-19 and Flu vaccine clinic at the district’s community center. To be held on Thursday Dec. 2 and Saturday Dec. 4, the clinics are in partnership with FDR Pharmacy Sav-Mor and the Public School District.
“The end of the year is approaching,” said Melanie Pieknik, District Nurse for Hamtramck Public Schools. “However, the end of the pandemic is not. COVID-19 remains an ongoing challenge that the world has had to adjust to, and unfortunately, it’s still affecting us all. Positive COVID-19 cases are increasing across the state at the highest rate since the beginning of the pandemic.”
Hamtramck Public School will have flu and COVID-19 vaccines on-hand at the HPS Community Center Gymnasium. The following vaccines will be provided:
- Flu vaccine for children and adults
- Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine (for ages 5-11 years old)
- Pfizer adult COVID-19 vaccine (for ages 12 and older)
- Pfizer booster
- Moderna adult COVID-19 vaccine (18 years and older)
- Moderna booster
The clinics will be held 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, Dec. 2 and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, Dec. 4.
HPS is also handling testing for staff and students throughout each week. Different buildings are assigned different days of the week. Those buildings are:
- Mondays at the Early Childhood Elementary and Dickinson East Elementary
- Tuesdays and Hamtramck and Horizon High School
- Wednesdays at Dickinson West Elementary and Kosciuszko Middle School
- Thursdays at Tau Beta School, Holbrook Elementary and the HPS Central Office
“COVID-19 can present symptoms similar to the common cold or flu and it’s important to understand which infection you have if you are feeling sick,” Pieknik said. “If you’re unsure, call your doctor or local health clinic and, if necessary, arrange for more immediate testing.”
Currently, Wayne County has been seeing an average of 1,200 new cases each day for the past weeks. These numbers have been alarming for public health officials and healthcare workers since the newest spike has started.
“If we don’t curb the current growth of COVID inpatient hospitalizations, there are only so many team members and so many beds in our community,” said Bob Riney, president of healthcare operations at Henry Ford Hospitals. “The math will not work. We will have to curtail other operations. We do not want to do that.”