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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

February 3rd, 2021

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department has created a COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard to help keep the community members informed. 

Free Adult N95 masks are available at both of our county offices. Here is a full list of locations that have free masks available.

This week the State of Michigan reached an important milestone – 1,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered! According to testimony given to Congress by Michigan Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the Michigan Vaccination Strategy includes the following goals: 

  • 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up vaccinated as quickly as possible 

  • 90% of received vaccines are administered within 7 days 

  • 95% of people get their second dose of vaccine within the expected time frame 

  • No disparity exists in vaccination rates across racial and ethnic groups or by social vulnerability index 

  • No one has to drive more than 20 minutes to reach a vaccination site 

As a reminder, we are notified of vaccine allocations on Fridays, and that is when we can finalize vaccination plans for the following week. We are usually able to begin scheduling on Mondays and hold our clinics on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday.  

Here is where we currently stand:  

  • We have been receiving 200-400 1st doses per week over the past 2-3 weeks 

  • We are expecting allocations to become more predictable in the future 

  • Number of vaccine doses allocated for this week: 959 doses (all available appointments have been scheduled this week) 

  • Number of vaccine doses administered this week: 310 doses (160- 1st dose, 150- 2nd dose) 

  • Total number of vaccine doses received: 2,781 doses   

  • Total number of vaccine doses administered: 2,132 doses 

We are working diligently through our list of those who have pre-registered both through our website and through the Aging Hotline to schedule appointments in the order in which the requests were received. The estimated time to complete vaccinating individuals 65 years and older and those eligible essential workers is mid-July 2021.  

As of today, we have more than 10,500 survey responses and over 3,000 requests through United Way/211/Area Agency on Aging. Just on the 6th and 7th of January, we received over 1,300 survey responses, and of those, not everyone registered is eligible right now, but it is a good reminder that there is high demand and interest for the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Vaccine allocations are based on the eligible population by county. Therefore, while residency is not a requirement for this federal resource, it is important to register with the health department which covers the county you live in. This worldwide vaccine rollout will take time and we continue to ask for patience. 

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