FOR NEW APPROACHES
TO KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE.
THE NEED TO ADAPT
The Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected almost every aspect of our daily lives. Safety is now paramount and the way we travel, conduct trade, and encourage tourism will be different as a result.
Here in Southwest Michigan, our businesses are committed to protecting the health and safety of our communities. We have implemented workplace controls, purchased personal protective equipment (PPE), and have changed how we do business to protect employees and consumers alike.
Businesses who go above and beyond in the name of safety deserve to be recognized. And we'd like to recognize them in a way that informs consumers about their commitment to best practices. As such, we are proud to introduce the Southwest Michigan Safe campaign.
Here's what it entails:
Take the pledge to keep Southwest Michigan Safe.
Affirm your commitment to keeping your employees and customers safe by signing the pledge on the next page.
Display your commitment for all to see.
Once you’ve taken the pledge, print and share it with your employees. We also recommend displaying it in your store.
You can also opt to purchase Southwest Michigan Safe window decals, stickers, and other collateral to display as visual reinforcement of your pledge.
Chamber members who take the pledge are entitled to one free Southwest Michigan Safe window decal.
The Southwest Michigan Safe campaign is powered by The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is open to members and non-members alike. All public, private, and non-profit entities are welcome to participate and their involvement will be promoted on this website and through other channels.
Studies indicate the retailers who emphasize safety, offer convenience, and show a sense of purpose are in the best position to succeed now and post-pandemic. ([F]indings from Capgemini Research Institute’s "The Consumer and COVID-19" survey)
Take the pledge and head to the shop to claim your decal today!
The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber is a member-based organization working to help our area rebound from the Coronavirus. We are leading efforts to strengthen businesses, their employees, and their families by preparing for safe reopening, putting recovery plans into place, and reimagining a more sustainable and resilient Southwest Michigan economy.
Want to help sponsor the Southwest Michigan Safe Campaign? Your generous contribution will help ensure the success of our efforts and you will be listed as a sponsor below. Interested? Contact us at email@example.com!
HOPE IS ON THE HORIZON
A COVID-19 vaccine will be critical in slowing the spread of the virus and helping our community recover from the pandemic. Stopping this pandemic will take us using all our tools: handwashing, masks, social distancing, and now, our newest tool of a vaccine to prevent the virus. Taken together, these tools offer the best chance of getting our community, schools, and businesses back to normal as soon as possible. Please remember, we will all need to keep using prevention strategies until enough of our community has received the vaccine.
All Michiganders age 16 and up are eligible and encourage to receive a vaccine. Adults over the age of 65 will continue to be prioritized for vaccination, if they have not already received it. If you are over 65 and have not received a vaccination yet, please call BCHD at 1.800.815.5485.
If scheduling an appointment for your 2nd dose of the vaccine: please note which vaccine will be offered at the clinic you are scheduling for. If it has been at least 21 days since your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine OR at least 28 days since your first dose of the Moderna vaccine, you are eligible to schedule an appointment for your 2nd dose. You must receive the same type of vaccine for your second dose as you received for your first dose, as the products cannot be mixed between doses. Please bring your vaccination record card with you to your second dose appointment.
WHERE ELSE COULD I GET A COVID-19 VACCINE?
Spectrum Health Lakeland: A new online self-scheduling calendar is available for those eligible and interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine through Spectrum Health Lakeland. View open appointments, choose a time and date that works best for you, and register your information. Appointments are available as first come, first serve. Check back to the webpage regularly to view open appointment slots. If you do not have internet access, and would like assistance scheduling an appointment with Spectrum Health Lakeland, please call 269.927.5100.
Meijer Pharmacy: Complete the registration process online.
Many other area pharmacies as well as primary care physicians are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents are encouraged to call their local pharmacy or doctor to inquire about vaccine availability.
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