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BLDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update

August 4, 2021

Are booster shots available? 

At this time, booster COVID-19 vaccine doses are not yet needed. Fully vaccinated individuals are still showing a strong immune response to COVID-19, even to the Delta variant. Individuals are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. We are currently NOT providing booster vaccine doses in alignment with the CDC’s guidance. We will notify our residents and patients if/when new recommendations are announced. We continue to urge all of our residents 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. 

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

The residents of Benzie and Leelanau Counties have made great progress and continue to make progress with vaccine coverage rates. Leelanau County is still leading the way in the State of Michigan! There is still work to be done to increase the vaccine protection within our counties.  The less opportunity the virus has to spread, the less likely we will see a surge of cases due to a variant that is more infectious, more severe, or not impacted by our vaccines.  

Below are the current COVID-19 vaccine rates as of yesterday, August 3rd, 2021.  

Age 

Benzie (initial Dose/Population) 

Benzie (Completion/Population) 

12 15 

34.7% (+5.4% from July 21st) 

28.5% (+1.5% from July 21st) 

16-19 

49.6% (+2.8% from July 21st) 

45.1% (+1.9% from July 21st) 

20-29 

44.2% (+0.9% from July 21st) 

41.2% (+0.6% from July 21st) 

30-39 

52.2% (+0.9% from July 21st) 

48.5% (+0.2% from July 21st) 

40-49 

60.1% (+0.6% from July 21st) 

56.9% (+0.4% from July 21st) 

50-64 

70.1% (+0.6% from July 21st) 

67.7% (+0.6% from July 21st) 

65-74 

83.7% (+0.3% from July 21st) 

81.7% (+0.2% from July 21st) 

75+ 

81.5% (+0.2% from July 21st) 

78.7% (+0.1% from July 21st) 

 

Age 

Leelanau (initial Dose/Population) 

Leelanau (Completion/Population) 

12 15 

53.0% (+4.0% from July 21st) 

46.2% (+2.3% from July 21st) 

16-19 

68.6% (+1.2% from July 21st) 

63.7% (+3.3% from July 21st) 

20-29 

58.9% (+0.8% from July 21st) 

53.8% (+0.5% from July 21st) 

30-39 

71.5% (+0.9% from July 21st) 

66.8% (+0.4% from July 21st) 

40-49 

76.7% (+0.9% from July 21st) 

71.7% (+0.3% from July 21st) 

50-64 

76.7% (+0.5% from July 21st) 

73.6% (+0.3% from July 21st) 

65-74 

91.4% (+0.5% from July 21st) 

88.5% (+0.4% from July 21st) 

75+ 

82.4% (+0.3% from July 21st) 

79.0% (0.0% from July 21st) 

 

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department started providing COVID-19 vaccine to first responders and health care providers in late December 2020 and since then we have held 96 large community clinics and 18 small pop-up clinic days in Benzie and Leelanau County. As of yesterday, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, with the help of our amazing partners and volunteers, has administered a total of 19,320 doses to our residents and redistributed 1,234 doses to approved COVID-19 vaccine approved providers to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Percentage of residents (12 and over) who have received their initial dose and completed series:       

  • Benzie- 65.3% have received their initial dose, 62.3% have completed their series.    

  • Leelanau- 77.0% have received their initial dose, 73.2% have completed their series. 

  • Michigan- 58.5% have received their initial dose, 54.1% have completed their series.     

  • United States- 67.9% have received their initial dose, 58.3% have completed their series.    

For more information on COVID-19 vaccine percentages and age group, see our COVID-19 vaccine dashboard or MDHHS’s vaccine dashboard

Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine? 

  • Individuals 12 years and older.  

How will clinics be offered and how to schedule? 

As of 8/3/2021, 85.7% of residents 65 and over and 73.1% 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 and also welcomes walk-ins for vaccination clinics in each county. 

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is offering regular weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics.   

Tuesdays    

  • Suttons Bay Middle School Gymnasium, 310 S. Elm Street, Suttons Bay, MI 49682 

  • Time: 10:00-12:00  

  • Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 12 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)   

  • To schedule an appointment: Click Here   

Wednesdays  

  • Crystal Cafe, 1681 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia, MI 49616 

  • Time: 4:00- 6:00pm   

  • Vaccine: Moderna, Janssen, and Pfizer (open to 12 or older, parent/guardian must accompany minor)   

  • To schedule an appointment: Click Here   

These clinics will be open to first or second dose appointments, offering all three vaccines, and walk-ins will be accepted. Easy appointment scheduling that can be found at www.bldhd.org. Additional vaccination sites can be found at vaccines.gov.  

Residents can easily choose the date and location for their appointment on our website. 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. Anyone who needs assistance scheduling an appointment should call 2-1-1 or their local Senior Services. 

Thank you! 

We would like to share our appreciation for all our amazing volunteers, community members, local school districts, Senior Services, Sharecare of Leelanau, Board of Health, County Commissioners, Emergency Managers, Restaurants, Businesses, 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.)! 

Special thanks to Suttons Bay Public Schools, Frankfort Public Schools, Crystal Café, and Lake Ann United Methodist Community Center for letting us host community clinics in your space.  

All our amazing volunteers and temporary staff for working on-site and behind the scenes to make clinics happen - Thank you for volunteering your time to help the community! 

Volunteers: Amy M. Anne K. Amy S. Ann B. April S. Barb D. Barb G. Barb S. Barbara B. Barbara C. Brenda H. Brooke B. Carol G. Carolyn F. Chris T. Christina P. Claire O. David B. David F. David G. Deb F. Deb N. Denise S. Dianne B. Earleen L. Ed E. Eric K. Heather M. Ingrid M. Ingrid T. James S. Jan P. Jean W. Jeanne C. Jenifer M. Jerry H. Jerry Z. Jill V. Jim C. Jim W. John B. Judy R. Julia D. Julie C. Karen C. Kathleen S. Kathleen A. Kathleen P. Kathy H. Kelly S. Ken H. Kim M. Larry L. Laura T. Lauren E.F. Lee G. Leo H. Linda F. Lisa N. Lorraine R. Lynette G. Lynn C. Lynn P.B. Mark R. Martin D. Mary C.O. Mary D. Mary P. Mary S. Melissa H. Melody S. Michael C. Michael H. Michelle C. Mike L. Molly L. Nancy C. Nancy G. Nancy P.R. Nancy W. Paul O. Paul T. Penny H. Robin G. Sherry R. Sheryl H. Shirlee A. Stanley T. Susan H. Susan H. Susan M. Susan N. Tammy N. Tammy S. Terry L. Todd S. Tom C. Tom V. Valerie C. Victoria M. William H. and all others not listed.  

Temporary Staff: Adriana L, Amanda S, Barb W, Betsy H, Bobbi S, Dawn H, Deanna K, Janis F, Jill J, Kathy B, Kevin K, Linda H, Lisa D, Mary D, Pamela N, Patricia G, Rachel M, Rachelle S, Robin G, Robin K, Ryan P, Samantha W, Shannon R, Sharon H, Stephanie B, Sue S, Susan K, Susi W, Wendy C. 

Thank you to our community members- for helping keep all of us safe by wearing a mask, staying 6' apart, washing your hands, and getting vaccinated. Together we are making a difference in the health of our community. 

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