Vaccines have been determined to be the most effective tool in
stopping the spread of COVID-19 and preventing serious illness
and hospitalization. As of Tuesday, GRCC is requiring that
everyone on campus wear face coverings when indoors, following a
recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Kent and Ottawa counties were moved into the
“substantial” category for risk transmission.
Students who have already received the vaccine or who are fully
vaccinated by Nov. 15 will receive a $200 credit on their
RaiderCard accounts to use for campus dining, parking,
printing, and in the bookstore.
The incentive will be available for students enrolled for the
fall 2021 semester. The college is using federal Strengthening
Institutions Program Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds for
“An increased number of students and employees are coming back to
campus this fall as we emerge from the pandemic,” GRCC President
Bill Pink said. “We believe vaccines are the best way to
assure students are able to successfully engage in on-campus
learning and participate in campus activities. Vaccines are
readily available, and we’ll provide vaccinations here on campus
to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get one. Promoting
vaccines is one more thing we can do to keep our campus safe.”
Vaccination location information is available at vaccinatewestmi.com.
The incentive program is one of the steps GRCC is taking or
extending as part of a campus safety and wellness plan.
Other safety measures:
On-campus class sizes will be limited to 75 percent capacity, and
the college is replacing two-person desks with single-person
desks in most classrooms. Hundreds of hand sanitizing stations
were added last year, and changes were made to campus cooling
and ventilation to increase air flow.
College leaders are monitoring developments with COVID-19 and the
delta variant, and are communicating with state and federal
health authorities for guidance as conditions change.
GRCC Nursing students administered shots into the arms of
students, campus employees, and others in the spring as part of
the Shot of Love campaign, a partnership with Urban Church
Leadership Center and Spectrum Health.
In May, the college hosted a campus vaccination pop-up clinic,
which was visited by first lady Jill Biden.