Health department vaccination clinics continue.

January 12, 2021

Health department vaccination clinics continue.

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) held COVID-19 vaccine clinics in seven of its 10 counties on Monday, January 11, and vaccinated a total of 1,733 individuals.  

Vaccine totals by county include: 

  • Crawford – 235 
  • Manistee – 249 
  • Mason – 255 
  • Mecosta – 245 
  • Newaygo – 255 
  • Oceana – 251 
  • Wexford – 243 

Clinics are scheduled throughout the remainder of this week for those who scheduled late last week to receive the vaccine. Because vaccine supply is still limited, clinics next week will focus on healthcare workers in Phase 1A and individuals in Phase 1B who were rescheduled this week due to lack of vaccine. The health department, in a press release, stated it will resume scheduling seniors and first responders as soon as it receives its vaccine totals.

All vaccine clinics are by appointment only and not open to any walk-ins.

“Right now, we are at the mercy of the state for vaccine distribution and we understand the state isn’t receiving what they are requesting from the federal level, so we have to do the best with what we receive,” said Kevin Hughes, health officer for District Health Department #10. “There are still many individuals in Phase 1A that have not been vaccinated yet and we must prioritize the vaccine to those individuals first.”  

DHD#10 will be posting a survey link to its website for individuals in Phase 1B to complete who want to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks. This will put them on a list to be scheduled for the vaccine when it is available.

The state recently updated Phase 1B to include:  

  • Age 65 and up  
  • Front Line First Responders including:  
    • Fire 
    • Police (state and local)  
    • Corrections and County Jail Workers  
    • Childcare 
    • Pre-K through 12 teachers and those staff in schools who have direct contact with children  
    • Adult and child protective services  
    • Homeless shelter staff  
Not only are there thousands of people waiting to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but now there are many who are ready to receive their second dose. Due to the time-sensitive nature of receiving the first and second dose, DHD#10 is beginning to also schedule second doses and assures individuals who received the first dose that their second dose will be set aside for them.   

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