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Health officials are using Low-Powered AM Transmitters to help people receive immunizations

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Health officials are using an old technology to help vaccine people against COVID-19.

They're setting up low-powered radio transmitters made by a West Michigan company. Information Station Specialists President Bill Baker says the mini-A.M. radio stations provide instructions to those waiting in line to get the vaccine.

"People arrive, they don’t know what to de necessarily. And it’s a lot to put on a sign for people to read because there’s various instructions. In some parts of the country, they’re calling different parties to come in for the vaccination at a given time to listening. So, they’re sort of using the radio systems as paging systems also."

Baker says people tuning into the stations hear information like when they're eligible to get a second dose of the vaccine. One of the Zeeland company's system is being used at a vaccination clinic at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.