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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

March 3rd, 2021

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

By the end of today, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department with the help of our amazing partners has administered 5,796 doses to our residents. We have held 33 clinics in nine different locations in Benzie and Leelanau County with the help of volunteers, the Michigan National Guard, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.     

As of Monday, all COVID-19 vaccine-approved providers (hospitals, pharmacies, doctor offices, and health departments) have administered 11,833 COVID-19 vaccine doses to residents in Benzie and Leelanau Counties. Of those 11,833 doses, 7,509 were first doses and 4,324 were second doses (fully vaccinated).     

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is now scheduling individuals who registered on and before 1/21/2021. With the additional allocations of doses received this week, we have added an additional clinic and appointments are still available. Our scheduling team is still working on scheduling individuals for the additional clinic.  

Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced it is expanding vaccine eligibility starting Monday, March 8 to those 50 years old and above - starting with those who are living with disabilities, medical conditions, caregiver family members, and guardians who care for children with special needs. More information can be found in the updated prioritization guidance

“We are excited to help our communities bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinate more people,” said Lisa Peacock, Health Officer. “Please know that it will take time for us to coordinate making appointments for those currently on our waiting list and these new groups who will be signing up.” 

It is important to note that, while supplies are increasing so are the number of individuals eligible to receive the vaccine. Additionally, there remains a limited amount of vaccine available, so there may be a wait period for appointments. 

To help guide residents as they sign up for an appointment, the health department is revising its registration process for COVID-19 vaccination clinics through a software program called Patient Education Genius (PEG). Individuals who pre-registered using the health department's initial online form will not lose their place in line to receive the vaccine. Anyone who pre-registered does not need to complete a new form on the health department’s website but will receive an email or text message from PEG which will ask them to provide updated information.  The purpose of collecting this updated information is to align with the updated eligibility definitions.  The PEG system will be used to do the following: 

  • Send the current list of pre-registrants an email to collect more information and update an individual’s priority group and eligibility status. 

  • Request vaccination status in order to update our list to include only those still needing appointments. 

  • Provide a tool for future communications, as needed. 

  • Provide for additional security in the scheduling process.  

If you receive your vaccine from another provider and have signed up for our waiting list, we ask you to email and let us know so we can take you off the waiting list. Thank you to everyone who has let us know in the last few weeks! 

With more approved COVID-19 vaccine providers and more vaccine being available, there is good progress happening as shown below through the percent of residents who have received their first dose:   

  • Benzie- 17.7%,   

  • Leelanau- 20.1%   

  • Michigan- 14.7%    

  • United States- 15.8%   

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 vaccine Dashboard has begun to provide coverage data for sex, age, and race. 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: 38.02% and 75 years and older: 45.78% have received their 1st dose. The average for all 65 years and older is 41.29% (1,977 1st doses administered/4,788 eligible individuals).  

  • Leelanau: 65-74 years old: 43.99% and 75 years and older: 45.45% have received their 1st dose.  The average for all 65 years and older is 44.59% (3,102 1st doses administered/6,956 eligible individuals).  

  • Michigan: 65-74 years old: 44.0% and 75 years and older: 48.6% have received their 1st dose.  

As of today, here is where we are currently:   

  • Number of vaccine doses allocated for this week: 1450 doses (1050 1st dose, 400- 2nd doses)  

  • Number of vaccine doses administered so far this week: 727 doses  

  • Total number of vaccine doses received: 6,519 doses  

  • Total number of vaccine doses administered: 5,796 doses    

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