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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

June 1st, 2022

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, with the help of our amazing partners and volunteers, has administered a total of 27,436 doses to our residents and redistributed more than 3,000 doses to approved COVID-19 vaccination enrolled providers to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Percentage of residents (5 years and over) who have received their initial dose and completed their primary series:       

  • Benzie- 71.7% have received their initial dose, 67.2% have completed their primary series.  

  • Leelanau- 84.8% have received their initial dose, 78.6% have completed their primary series. 

  • Michigan- 66.2% have received their initial dose, 60.8% have completed their primary series.  

  • United States- 82.8% have received their initial dose, 70.8% have completed their primary series. 

What is the status of the COVID-19 Vaccination process?  

Below are the current COVID-19 vaccine rates as of May 25th, 2022.  

Age 

Benzie (initial Dose/Population) 

Benzie (Completion/Population) 

5-11 

32.4% (+0.2% from April 27th) 

30.0% (-0.1% from April 27th) 

12-15 

49.1% (+0.1% from April 27th) 

45.5% (-0.3% from April 27th) 

16-19 

56.4% (+/-0.0% from April 27th) 

52.0% (+/-0.0% from April 27th) 

20-29 

54.4% (+0.3% from April 27th) 

49.8% (+0.2% from April 27th) 

30-39 

62.0% (+/-0.0% from April 27th) 

57.4% (+0.5% from April 27th) 

40-49 

70.0% (+/-0.0% from April 27th) 

65.7% (+0.4% from April 27th) 

50-64 

77.7% (+0.2% from April 27th) 

74.1% (+0.3% from April 27th) 

65-74 

92.7% (+0.1% from April 27th) 

87.6% (+0.3% from April 27th) 

75+ 

92.1% (+/-0.0% from April 27th) 

84.8% (+0.9% from April 27th) 

 

Age 

Leelanau (initial Dose/Population) 

Leelanau (Completion/Population) 

5-11 

52.4% (+0.7% from April 27th) 

46.8% (+0.5% from April 27th) 

12-15 

73.4% (+0.2% from April 27th) 

67.1% (-1.1% from April 27th) 

16-19 

79.6% (+0.5% from April 27th) 

74.3% (+0.3% from April 27th) 

20-29 

73.7% (+0.2% from April 27th) 

65.7% (+0.4% from April 27th) 

30-39 

82.9% (+0.2% from April 27th) 

76.4% (+0.4% from April 27th) 

40-49 

85.1% (+0.2% from April 27th) 

79.3% (+0.2% from April 27th) 

50-64 

83.9% (-0.1% from April 27th) 

79.5% (+0.3% from April 27th) 

65-74 

100% (+/-0.0% from April 27th) 

94.0% (+0.6% from April 27th) 

75+ 

91.1% (+/-0.0% from April 27th) 

83.0% (+0.8% from April 27th) 

 

For more information on COVID-19 vaccine percentages and age groups, see our COVID-19 vaccine dashboard or MDHHS’s vaccine dashboard

Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine? 

  • Individuals 5 years and older. Check with your medical provider about specifics. 

  • If you have had a COVID infection, you should still receive the COVID vaccine and booster doses. Speak to your physician about the best time to be vaccinated after infection. 

What are the current recommendations for COVID-19 boosters? 



 

On May 19th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. 

Who is eligible for a second booster? 

Four months after receipt of a first booster dose, the following options are available to individuals who choose to receive a second dose: 

  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older.  

  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals 12 years of age and older.  

  • A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals 18 years of age and older. 

Who Is Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised? 

Many conditions and treatments can cause a person to be immunocompromised (having a weakened immune system). People are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised if they have: 

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood 

  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system 

  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system 

  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome) 

  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection 

  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response 

Talk to your healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination and your medical condition. 

MDHHS (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) has created an eligibility assessment tool to assist residents in identifying if they are eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or if they are up to date.  

 

The MDHHS released their latest Data and Modeling Update on May 24th, 2022 which shows that COVID-19 cases are increasing in 50 counties including Benzie and Leelanau Counties. 
The MDHHS’s latest Data and Modeling Update shows the cumulative COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths broken down by vaccination status.  

How will clinics be offered and how to schedule? 

These clinics will be open to first, second, additional, and booster dose appointments and offers all three vaccines unless otherwise noted. Parent consent is required for minors. Upcoming clinics in the Health Department can be found on our website.   

Anyone may call the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department’s public health information line at 231-882-2197 if they have questions or are not able to find a time or date that works for them and/or their child. Additional vaccination sites can be found at vaccines.gov.   

COVID-19 Testing 

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is partnering with Honu labs to offer free, walk-in COVID testing. Both rapid antigen tests and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests are available. 

To pre-register for a testing clinic: 

  • To pre-register for testing in Leelanau, click here 

  •  To pre-register for testing in Benzie, click here 

We would like to thank all our amazing volunteers and temporary staff for working on-site and behind the scenes to make clinics happen - Thank you for volunteering your time to help the community! Thank you to our community members- for helping keep all of us safe by using the tools we have available to us:  vaccines and boosters, high quality masks, and wide access to testing are all ways we can protect ourselves and our families. Together we are making a difference to the health of our community. 

 

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