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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

April 28th, 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 a total of 15,781 doses to our residents and redistributed 1,054 doses to approved COVID-19 vaccine approved providers. We have held 68 clinics in fourteen 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, April 27th, all COVID-19 vaccine-approved providers (hospitals, pharmacies, doctor offices, and health departments) have administered a total of 37,727 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Benzie and Leelanau residents. Of those 37,727 doses, 21,201 were initial doses and 16,526 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 67.13%!    

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 4/27/2021, 79.9% of residents 65 and over and 62.8% 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.  

Starting in May, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department will start offering regular weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics, Leelanau will be on Tuesdays in Suttons Bay and Benzie will be 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 our 2nd dose 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 our first dose clinic appointment. If you need a second Moderna dose, please locate a clinic that is at least 4 weeks after your first Moderna dose. 

The Health Department began offering community pop-up clinics yesterday with our team setting up small clinic sites in Benzonia and Lake Ann. There is no scheduling required for pop-up clinics. Our next round of these clinics will take place tomorrow in Leelanau County, beginning in Leland at Leland Mercantile Co and in Suttons Bay at Hansen’s Food of Suttons Bay and Hop Lot Brewery Company. The clinic will be offering Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen and Moderna vaccines. As more community pop-up clinics are scheduled, we will release information on our Facebook and in our daily updates. 

For those aged 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- 57.4% have received their initial dose, 44.0% have completed their series.      

  • Leelanau- 67.1% have received their initial dose, 53.0% have completed their series. 

  • Michigan- 48.8% have received their initial dose, 35.9% have completed their series.       

  • United States- 42.7% have received their initial dose, 29.1% have completed their series.      

As of today, here is where we are currently:       

  • Number of vaccine doses allocated for this week: 1,100 doses  

  • Number of vaccine doses administered so far this week: 655 doses  

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

  • Total number of vaccine doses administered: 15,781 doses   

  • Total number of vaccine doses received: 18,072 doses 

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