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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

June 2, 2021

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

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department started providing COVID-19 vaccine to first responders and health care providers in late December 2020 and since then we have held 78 large community clinics and 14 small pop-up clinic days in Benzie and Leelanau County. As of yesterday, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, with the help of our amazing partners and volunteers, has administered a total of 18,384 doses to our residents and redistributed 1,074 doses to approved COVID-19 vaccine approved providers.  

Leelanau County continues to lead the state in vaccination rates! 

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

  • Benzie- 64.0% have received their initial dose, 59.6% have completed their series.      

  • Leelanau- 75.0% have received their initial dose, 70.5% have completed their series. 

  • Michigan- 55.9% have received their initial dose, 49.7% have completed their series.       

  • United States (18 years and older)- 62.8% have received their initial dose, 51.7% have completed their series.      

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination rates by age group, see our COVID-19 vaccine dashboard or the MDHHS vaccine dashboard

We would like to share our appreciation for all our incredible volunteers, community members, businesses, and partners (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.)!  

As of Tuesday, June 1st, all COVID-19 vaccine-approved providers (hospitals, pharmacies, doctor offices, and health departments) have administered a total of 46,123 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Benzie and Leelanau residents. Of those 46,123 doses, 24,072 were initial doses and 22,051 were completion doses (fully vaccinated).   

Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?     

  • Individuals 12 years and older.   

How will clinics be offered and how to schedule? 

As of 6/1/2021, 83.5% of residents 65 and over and 69.9% of all residents 16 and over in Benzie and Leelanau Counties have received their first or initial dose. For anyone who still needs their 1st or 2nd dose, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is offering self-scheduling for vaccination clinics, accepting walk-ins, and offering community pop-up clinics in targeted areas where vaccination rates are lower.  

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is offering regular weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics.  The Leelanau County clinic will be held on Tuesdays in Suttons Bay at the Old Middle School from 12:00-6:00pm and the Benzie County clinic will be held on Thursdays at Crystal Café in Benzonia from 12:00-6:00pm. Starting on June 23rd, the Benzie County clinic at Crystal Cafe will move to Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm. These clinics will be open to first or second dose appointments, offering all three vaccines, and walk-ins will be accepted. Easy appointment scheduling can be found at www.bldhd.org

Additional vaccination sites can be found at vaccines.gov.  

Residents can easily choose the date and location for their appointment on our website. If you need a second dose of Moderna or Pfizer after receiving your first dose elsewhere, please locate an appointment date that is at least 4 weeks after your first Moderna dose or at least 3 weeks after your first Pfizer dose. Anyone who needs assistance scheduling an appointment should call 2-1-1 or their local Senior Services.   

In addition, we will continue offering community pop-up clinics around the area as well as in regular immunization clinics in the Benzie Leelanau District Health Department offices. Our small community pop-up clinics offer all three vaccine choices with no appointment needed!  If a business, organization, or individual would like to request a pop-up clinic at their business, restaurant/bar, grocery store, festival, food pantry, housing community, or other location, please email COVIDvaccine@bldhd.org. Health department staff will follow up on the suggestions with priority given to community locations where vaccination rates are lower. 

Information about upcoming pop-up and weekly clinics can be found below:  

  • Thursday, June 3rd   
    Crystal Cafe, 1681 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia, MI 49616 
    Time: 12:00- 6:00pm   
    Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 12 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)   
    To schedule an appointment: Click Here   

  • Friday, June 4th     
    Shop N Save, 1747 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia, MI 49616  
    Pop-up clinic, walk-ins welcome  
    Time: 9:30- 11:30am    
    Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 12 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)    

    Stormcloud Brewery Company, 303 Main Street, Frankfort, MI 49635  
    Pop-up clinic, walk-ins welcome  
    Time: 12:00- 3:00pm    
    Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 12 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)    

    Lume Cannabis Co., 9899 Honor Hwy, Honor, MI 49640  
    Pop-up clinic, walk-ins welcome  
    Time: 4:00- 6:00pm    
    Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 12 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)    

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