Drug take back, COVID-19 vaccine event to be held Friday

LAKE COUNTY — Residents will have an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs and needles and receive the COVID-19 vaccine from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, July 16, at St. Ann’s Senior Center, 690 9th St, Baldwin.

Lake County Communities That Care Coalition is partnering with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department to host an event to give residents a place to properly dispose of expired or unused medications, as well as syringes.

Unused or expired prescription medications can lead to accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose according to the DEA. Properly disposing of these medications saves lives and helps prevent toxic effects on our environment.

District Health Department No. 10 will also be onsite to administer the COVID-19 vaccine Friday. All three vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, & Johnson & Johnson — will be available for individuals 12 years and older.

More than 6,000 Lake County residents (about 57%) have initiated their vaccine. Pop-up clinics are planned throughout August to make the vaccine as accessible as possible in Lake County. The following clinics are open to the public and will have Pfizer, Mecosta, & Johnson and Johnson available:

• 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 24, in downtown Baldwin, behind Lake-Osceola State Bank, 790 Michigan Ave.

• 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Baldwin Community Schools, 525 4th St.

This collaborative effort places an emphasis on keeping Lake County safe.

This event also will take place during the Feeding America food distribution at the St Ann’s Senior Center.