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YPSILANTI, MI — Eastern Michigan University is working with statewide organizations to offer mobile flu vaccination clinics for Asian and Arab Americans – two racial and ethnic groups at an increased risk for COVID-19.

EMU has been working with the Asian Community Toward Innovative Visionary Environment Coalition to host the clinics where there is limited access to flu education and vaccination resources for Asian and Arab Americans, according to a university news release.

While extra efforts are being made to reach Asian and Arab Americans, the clinics are open to all. They are provided at no cost to the community with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the release states.

“Flu vaccinations are more important than ever before this year to minimize the transmission of influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tsu-Yin Wu, director of the EMU Center for Health Disparities Innovations and Studies. “We are increasing flu vaccine awareness, enhancing access to vaccinations, and improving connections between health care providers and underserved Asian and Arab American communities.”

The mobile clinic’s locations and times of operation are:

Nov. 14, 9 am.-noon: ACA Community Center, 32585 Concord Drive, Madison Heights
Nov. 16, 1-4 p.m.: St. Magdalen Catholic Church, 1253 52nd St. SE, Kentwood
Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Wat Paknam Temple, 8500 Plumbrook Road, Sterling Heights
Nov. 22, noon-4 p.m.: Gates of Columbus, 9632 Conant St., Hamtramck
Nov. 30, noon-4 p.m.: Hamtramck Community Center, 11350 Charest St., Hamtramck
Dec. 2, noon-4 p.m.: Hamtramck Community Center, 11350 Charest St., Hamtramck
Dec. 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Detroit Friendship House, 9540 Conant St., Hamtramck
Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m.: Gates of Columbus, 9632 Conant St., Hamtramck
Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Wat Paknam Temple, 8500 Plumbrook Road, Sterling Heights
Dec. 8, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Detroit Friendship House, 9540 Conant St., Hamtramck

Faculty and staff are working with trained bilingual messengers in educational outreach and coordinating flu vaccinations for a number of populations in Calhoun, Kent, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

More information can be found on EMU’s Center for Health Disparities Innovations and Studies website.