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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

March 17th, 2021

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

By the end of today, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, with the help of our amazing partners, has administered 7,878 doses to our residents. We have held 42 clinics in eleven different locations in Benzie and Leelanau County with the help of volunteers, Munson Healthcare, the Michigan National Guard, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Hometown Pharmacy, and Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.    

As of Monday, March 15th, all COVID-19 vaccine-approved providers (hospitals, pharmacies, doctor offices, and health departments) have administered a total of 16,617 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Benzie and Leelanau residents. Of those 16,617 doses, 10,617 were initial doses and 5,910 were completion doses (fully vaccinated).    

Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine? 

  • Healthcare Workers 

  • First Responders (EMS, Fire, Police) 

  • Childcare Workers 

  • K-12 School Employees 

  • Corrections Staff 

  • Long-term Care/Adult Foster Care/Assisted Living (Congregate Living) Staff and Residents 

  • Individuals ages 50+ 

  • Individuals 50+ with disabilities or underlying conditions 

  • Caregiver family members and guardians aged 16 and over of children with special health care needs 

  • Food Processing and Agriculture Workers  

  • U.S. Postal Service workers 

  • Grocery Store Workers 

  • Public Transit Workers 

  • Utilities and Critical Manufacturing Workers 

  • Other Front-line Workers who are essential to maintaining critical infrastructure, services, and functions who work must be performed on-site and within close proximity to others. 

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is working hard to getting ready for the next expanded eligibility, opening vaccination eligibility on March 22 to Michigander’s ages 16 and older with disabilities or medical conditions that put them at high risk of negative COVID-19 outcome. The state also announced to open eligibility on April 5 to all Michiganders aged 16 and up who were not previously eligible will be eligible to receive a vaccine. 

This opens eligibility to a substantial portion of our residents. The health department will continue to focus on prioritizing those 65 and older and those that are at the highest risk for severe disease. It will take time to get everyone who is interested scheduled and vaccinated with our weekly allocations. We are continuing to outreach through mailings, flyers, and partnerships with our senior services providers as well as establishing relationships with local pharmacy partners and private doctor offices to increase access to the vaccine in our counties. It is encouraging to see more and more providers that have been approved to receive allocations of vaccine. To find information on all available sites in your area, you can check this Vaccine finder

If you have received your vaccine from another provider recently and had previously pre-registered on our new waiting list, we ask you to email covidvaccine@bldhd.org and let us know so we can take you off the waiting list.  

All in all, with additional approved COVID-19 vaccine providers and increasing allocations of doses, there is evidence of good progress including the increasing percentage of residents (16 and over) who have received their first dose:   

  • Benzie- 30.8%,   

  • Leelanau- 32.0%   

  • Michigan- 24.9%    

  • United States- 21.7%   

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 vaccine Dashboard provides  coverage levels for each age group and below are the rates of those 65-74 years old and 75 years and older who have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:    

  • Benzie: 65-74 years old: 58.7% and 75 years and older: 60.8% have received their 1st dose. The average for all 65 years and older is 59.6%.

  • Leelanau: 65-74 years old: 59.0% and 75 years and older: 54.2% have received their 1st dose. The average for all 65 years and older is 56.9%.

  • Michigan: 65-74 years old: 59.8% and 75 years and older: 61.3% have received their 1st dose.  

As of today, here is where we are currently:   

  • Number of vaccine doses allocated for next week: 1,228 doses (700- 1st dose, 528- 2nd doses) 

  • Number of vaccine doses distributed to other providers: 342 doses 

  • Number of vaccine doses administered so far this week: 366 doses 

  • Total number of vaccine doses received: 8,752 doses 

  • Total number of vaccine doses administered: 7,878 doses 


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