FCS prepares to serve as COVID-19 vaccine pod site

FLUSHING — As COVID- 19 vaccines become more readily available, Flushing Community Schools is preparing to aid in Genesee County’s fight against the virus.

Flushing, along with the Flint, Davison, Grand Blanc, Mt. Morris and Lake Fenton school districts, was selected last month by the Genesee County Health Department to serve as a future vaccination pod site. Under its memorandum of agreement with the county, FCS has designated the Flushing High School campus to serve as a distribution point once vaccines become available to the general public in the spring.

FCS Superintendent Matt Shanafelt said that the county health department is planning to use the bus loop at FHS as a drive-thru dispensing site for the vaccine. The bus loop is located off Deland Road near Carpenter Road just north of the high school building.

“Having a distribution site in a familiar and centrally located space will make it convenient for people to get vaccinated,” Shanafelt said. “We certainly look forward to doing what we can to help the health department get the vaccine to people in Genesee County.”

If more space is needed for vaccine distribution, Shanafelt said that the FHS cafeteria or gym could be used a back-up option when students are not at school. Otherwise, he said that the bus loop should provide plenty of space for people to drive in and get vaccinated.

Health department representatives walked the grounds of Flushing High School with district administrators and Principal Jason Melynchek several months ago to get a sense of the layout and discuss logistics. Although more details need to be worked out, Shanafelt said that health officials are pleased with the FHS location and its ease of access and proximity to a densely populated area.

“Becoming a distribution site, of course, doesn’t mean that our staff or students will be getting the vaccine sooner than anyone else,” he said. “It just simply allows us to use our resources to provide a location and serve a large portion of northwest Genesee County.”

To see updates on vaccine distribution, visit the Genesee County Health Department’s website at gchd.us.