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With the Wolverines’ season – and their hopes of making to a bowl game – cut short, the University of Michigan has found a better use for the Big House.

Michigan Medicine began operating a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Thursday on the clubhouse level of the largest stadium in the country.

MLive was at the scene to capture video and photographs as about 300 healthcare workers and students, all part of the Phase 1A priority group, received the COVID-19 vaccine. The hospital has already vaccinated nearly 7,000 healthcare workers at other sites on the university’s medical campus.

From the broad corridor just behind the box seats at the Big House, registered nurses with Michigan Medicine administered Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine at stations spaced six feet apart. Each patient was asked to remain in the clubhouse for 15 minutes so healthcare workers could monitor for allergic reactions.

David C. Miller, chief clinical officer for University Hospital and incoming president of the University of Michigan Health System, said the clinic was taking on a new patient every ten minutes and totaled several hundred on its first day with room to grow.

The goal is for the Michigan Stadium site to be able to support up to 2,000 vaccinations a day, with 2,000 more vaccinations provided daily on the medical campus and other patient care facilities, health officials said in a news release Thursday.

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