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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

May 5th, 2021

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

By the end of yesterday, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, with the help of our amazing partners, has administered a total of 16,019 doses to our residents and redistributed 1,054 doses to approved COVID-19 vaccine approved providers. We have held 70 clinics in 27 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, Private Physician Offices, and Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.!    

Widespread vaccination coverage of the community is the best protection we can hope for. Until we reach the minimum level needed for community immunity, we are asking residents to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, limit social gatherings, stay home when sick, and wash/sanitize your hands often. 

As of Tuesday, May 4th, all COVID-19 vaccine-approved providers (hospitals, pharmacies, doctor offices, and health departments) have administered a total of 39,743 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Benzie and Leelanau residents. Of those 39,743 doses, 21,693 were initial doses and 18,050 were completion doses (fully vaccinated).  According to the MDHHS’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, Leelanau County remains the highest coverage rate for individuals over 16 with their initial dose at 68.7%.      

Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?     

  • Individuals 16 years and older   

How will clinics be offered and how to schedule? 

As of 5/4/2021, 80.5% of residents 65 and over and 64.3% of all residents 16 and over in Benzie and Leelanau Counties who have received their first or initial dose, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is offering self-scheduling for vaccination clinics and community pop up clinics.  

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department will be offering regular weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics, the Leelanau County clinic will be held on Tuesdays in Suttons Bay and the Benzie  County clinic will be held on Thursdays at Crystal Café in Benzonia. These clinics will be open to first or second dose Moderna appointments and walk-ins will be accepted. The week of May 10th, we will be administering 2nd doses of Pfizer to our school-based clinics, so there will be no standing 1st dose Moderna clinics that week. 

To schedule an appointment, please visit our website. After clicking on the link to self-schedule, the website reads: Please use these links in the calendar below to schedule a first OR second dose appointment. If you receive your first dose with the health department, your second dose appointment will be scheduled at your first dose clinic appointment. If you need a second dose of Moderna after receiving your first dose elsewhere, please locate an appointment date that is at least 4 weeks after your first Moderna dose. 

The Health Department will be offering pop-up clinics in Benzie and Leelanau on Friday. There is no scheduling required for these pop-up clinics. The clinic will be offering Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen and Moderna vaccines. Our next round of these clinics will take place tomorrow, May 7th:   

  • Leelanau County pop-up clinics will begin at Northport Tribune in Northport from 10-12pm, NJ’s Grocery in Lake Leelanau from 12:30-3:00pm, and finishing at Farm Club in Traverse City from 3:30-5:30pm.   

  • Benzie County pop-up clinic will begin at Shop N Save in Benzonia from 12-3pm and finishing at Lake Ann Brewery in Lake Ann from 4-6pm.   

For those age 16 – 17 years, we ask that they fill out our pre-registration form so we can plan for their needs with our community partners and additional Pfizer vaccine. Anyone who needs assistance scheduling an appointment should call 2-1-1 or their local Senior Services department.  

Percentage of residents (16 and over) who have received their initial dose and completed series:       

  • Benzie- 58.8% have received their initial dose, 47.6% have completed their series.      

  • Leelanau- 68.7% have received their initial dose, 58.2% have completed their series. 

  • Michigan- 50.6% have received their initial dose, 39.3% have completed their series.       

  • United States- 44.7% have received their initial dose, 32.3% have completed their series.      

As of yesterday, here is where we are currently:       

  • Number of vaccine doses allocated for this week: 500 doses  

  • Number of vaccine doses administered so far this week: 229 doses  

  • Total number of vaccine doses distributed to other providers: 1,054 doses   

  • Total number of vaccine doses administered: 16,019 doses   

  • Total number of vaccine doses received: 18,672 doses 

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