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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

February 24th, 2021

Where are we with the COVID-19 Vaccine?   

As of today, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and our amazing partners have administered 4,768 doses to residents. As of today, we have held 29 clinics in Benzie and Leelanau County with the help of volunteers, the Michigan National Guard, and Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.    

As of Monday, all COVID-19 vaccine-approved providers (hospitals, pharmacies, doctor offices, and health departments) have administered 9,703 COVID-19 vaccine doses to residents in Benzie and Leelanau Counties. Of those 9,703 doses, 6,360 were first doses and 3,343 were second doses (fully vaccinated).    

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is now scheduling individuals who registered on and before 1/12/2021. All our appointments this week are full and we have begun scheduling for next week’s clinics.   

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

  • Benzie- 15.6%,  

  • Leelanau- 16.5%  

  • Michigan- 12.5%   

  • United States- 13.6%  

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 olds and 75 years and older who have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:   

  • Benzie: 65-74 years old: 29.3% and 75 years and older: 42.9% have received their 1st dose. 

  • 34.04% (1,630 1st doses administered/4,788 eligible individuals) 

  • Leelanau: 65-74 years old: 35.3% and 75 years and older: 40.1% have received their 1st dose. 

  • 34.49% (2,399 1st doses administered/6,956 eligible individuals) 

  • Michigan: 65-74 years old: 34.8% and 75 years and older: 41.5% have received their 1st dose. 

What happens when my name comes up and I am out of town? 

We add a note to your information and will contact you upon your return.  We strongly encourage scheduling your 2nd dose appointment at the time you receive your first dose and recommend keeping the appointment to avoid any delays in vaccination or uncertainty about the availability of future doses.   

What happens to any extra doses left at the end of the day? 

We keep our waiting list at the clinic in case we have no shows, cancellations, or extra doses. No vaccine goes to waste and we ensure all doses are administered.  

How can I help my elderly parents/neighbors sign up to receive their vaccine? 

If someone you know is unable to complete our pre-registration form on their own for any reason, you can complete the form on their behalf. We ask that you enter their information but use a phone number and email that is monitored regularly, such as your own, to ensure all communication from the health department is received. You can also direct them to call the senior hotline at 231-715-5557 to get assistance pre-registering. 

As of today, here is where we are currently:  

  • Number of vaccine doses allocated for this week: 700 doses (500- 1st dose, 200- 2nd dose) 

  • Number of vaccine doses administered so far this week: 394 doses 

  • Total number of vaccine doses received: 5,074 doses   

  • Total number of vaccine doses administered: 4,768 doses   


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.   

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