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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

May 12th, 2021

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

When it comes to vaccination rates, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department with their partners are leading the state!  All across the board – from 16-19-year-olds, those age 65 and older, and the overall general eligible population – the rate of vaccination for residents in the health department’s jurisdiction is greater than the state.   

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 70.17%, passing the 70% mark for all eligible residents 16 and over who have received their initial dose.  

“It is a major accomplishment for our county to be the first in the state to reach that level of protection,” said Lisa Peacock, Health Officer. “Widespread vaccination coverage of the community is the best protection we can hope for. Although, we need to continue with precautions while we aim for statewide coverage.  Safety remains really important as we know that we are just a couple weeks away from greeting tourists and summer residents who may be traveling from areas with lower vaccination rates,” she added. 

By the end of yesterday, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, with the help of our amazing partners and volunteers, has administered a total of 16,729 doses to our residents and redistributed 1,054 doses to approved COVID-19 vaccine approved providers. Thank you to all amazing volunteers 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, May 11th, all COVID-19 vaccine-approved providers (hospitals, pharmacies, doctor offices, and health departments) have administered a total of 41,558 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Benzie and Leelanau residents. Of those 41,558 doses, 22,189 were initial doses and 19,369 were completion doses (fully vaccinated).   

Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?     

  • Individuals 12 years and older   

With the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use approval, allowing youth aged 12-15 to qualify for the Pfizer vaccine, the health department is expecting parents will want to register their child(ren) for a vaccination clinic.  Final review and approval by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is pending which will likely allow for widespread administration of the Pfizer vaccine to those 12-15 years old before the end of the week. Parents of 12-15 years are encouraged to preregister their youth for the COVID-19 vaccine on our website.

How will clinics be offered and how to schedule? 

As of 5/12/2021, 81.3% of residents 65 and over and 65.8% 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.  

Starting in May, 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 appointments, offering all three vaccines, and walk-ins will be accepted.  

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 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. 

Upcoming clinics for walk-ins or to make a reservation by clicking on the link provided include:  

  • Thursday, May 13th    
    Frankfort High School Gymnasium, 534 11th St, Frankfort, MI 49635   
    Time: 1:00- 5:45pm   
    Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 16 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)   
    To schedule an appointment: Click Here   

  • Friday, May 14th  
    Glen Lake School Gymnasium, 3375 W Burdickville Rd, Maple City, MI 49664   
    Time: 1:00- 5:45pm   
    Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 16 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)    
    To schedule an appointment: Click Here   

  • Saturday, May 15th    
    Benzie Central Gymnasium, 9222 Homestead Rd, Benzonia, MI 49616   
    Time: 10:00- 12:00pm   
    Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 16 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)   
    To schedule an appointment: Click Here   

Our next scheduled pop-up clinic will take place in Benzie County this Saturday, May 15th at St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah from 1-4pm. Pop-up clinics are offering Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen and Moderna 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- 60.2% have received their initial dose, 51.8% have completed their series.      

  • Leelanau- 70.1% have received their initial dose, 61.8% have completed their series. 

  • Michigan- 52.3% have received their initial dose, 43.1% have completed their series.       

  • United States- 46.4% have received their initial dose, 35.4% have completed their series.      

As of yesterday, here is where we are currently:       

  • Number of vaccine doses allocated for this week: 976 doses  

  • Number of vaccine doses administered so far this week: 305 doses  

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

  • Total number of vaccine doses administered: 16,729 doses   

  • Total number of vaccine doses received: 19,948 doses 

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