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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

February 10th, 2021


Where are we with the COVID-19 Vaccine? 

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and our amazing partners have administered 3,334 doses to residents since our first clinic on December 20th, 2020. As of today, we have held 24 clinics in Benzie and Leelanau County with the help of volunteers, the Michigan National Guard, and Northwest Michigan Health Services Inc.  

As of Monday, COVID-19 vaccine approved providers have administered 6,387 COVID-19 vaccine doses to residents in Benzie and Leelanau Counties. Of those 6,3887 doses, 4,492 were first doses and 1,595 were second doses (fully vaccinated).  

MDHHS has estimated that 70% of our currently eligible population would be around 10,000 individuals.  

According to (2019), our estimated population for Benzie and Leelanau counties is 39,500. That would mean in the first 8 weeks, 14.2% of Benzie and Leelanau residents have received their 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 4% have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series. Overall, roughly 9% of Michigan residents have received their 1st dose.  

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in the health department’s jurisdiction?  

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Michigan guidelines for priority groups, which determines the order of who receives vaccinations and currently only these groups are eligible to be vaccinated:  

• PHASE 1A: Paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials as well as residents in long term care facilities.  

• PHASE 1B: Individuals 65 and older. 

• Approved segments of PHASE 1B: some frontline essential workers including childcare and Pre-K through high school staff, workers in congregate care facilities, firefighters, law enforcement, corrections workers, and inspectors.  

If you schedule an appointment for a vaccine and are not in one of the eligible groups, your appointment will be cancelled, and you will not be able to receive your vaccine even if you come to the clinic site.  

We know that there are many community members with health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 and that there are many workers who are also at risk for the disease through their job. Unfortunately, the vaccine continues to be a limited resource and we are only authorized to proceed with the prioritization of vaccine supply as defined by MDHHS and CDC.  Their prioritization targets these initial vaccine doses toward those most at risk of severe disease and most at risk of acquiring or transmitting infection because of exposure to large numbers of people and an inability to social distance or take protective measures at work. 

I registered for a vaccine, now what?  

We understand your frustration with the limited supply of vaccine and ask for your patience. You will be contacted when a vaccine dose is available for you. The number of people who have registered and are requesting a vaccine far exceeds the supply we have received at the health department. It could be weeks or months before an appointment is available for everyone who needs one. 

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.   

The estimated time to complete vaccinating individuals 65 years and older and those eligible essential workers is mid-July 2021. We have been notified that our scheduling emails are ending up in junk or spam mail – please check these inboxes frequently.  Here is where we are currently:  

  • All allocated doses have been scheduled for this week.  

  • We are currently scheduling eligible individuals who registered on 1/7/2021.  Note that it may take 2-3 weeks to schedule everyone who registered on a single day.   

  • Number of vaccine doses allocated for this week: 960 doses (400- 1st dose, 560- 2nd dose) 

  • Number of vaccine doses administered this week: 552 doses (202- 1st dose, 350- 2nd dose) 

  • Total number of vaccine doses received: 3,744 doses   

  • Total number of vaccine doses administered: 3,334 doses   

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