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Washtenaw County Health Department is asking for continued patience. COVID-19 vaccine supplies and providers remain limited. If you are now eligible for vaccination, it does not mean vaccination is immediately available to you.
At least 80,000 more Washtenaw County individuals are now eligible for vaccination starting January 11th. This includes people 65 years of age and older and frontline, essential workers with frequent or ongoing exposure as a part of their work, including first responders, police officers, jail and prison staff, pre-K-12 teachers, and workers in childcare centers and protective services. This does not include all essential workers or other infrastructure workers.
“It’s a tremendous relief to add vaccination to the resources we have to prevent COVID-19 from causing additional harm, but this process will take time,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, health officer with Washtenaw County Health Department. “We need everyone’s patience, and we need to keep doing everything possible we can to prevent the spread of illness – including wearing face masks, social distancing and isolating or quarantining when needed.”
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Currently COVID-19 vaccine is only available through the Health Department and our local health systems. Supplies are limited and are allocated through the state week by week. Most initial distributions will take place at large, central locations to vaccinate many people quickly.
Vaccination with Washtenaw County Health Department
We will be offering mass vaccination from central locations and through a mobile team as capacity allows. The Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center is currently being used. The Health Department is working to confirm a second site on the western side of the county as well as additional, accessible locations that can be activated as soon as vaccine supplies and staffing resources are available.
For those eligible for vaccine, the first step is completing an appointment request survey online or by phone. There is a survey for individual requests and one for organizational requests. We will contact you when an appointment is available. We are working as quickly as possible to provide all available vaccine doses to eligible individuals, and we will continue to open more appointments as vaccine supplies are confirmed.
Vaccination at Other Local Providers
Initially only local health systems and larger providers will have COVID-19 vaccine. If you are 65 years or older and a patient with Michigan Medicine, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, IHA, or the VA please check websites or wait for them to contact you.
Washtenaw County Health Department is extremely grateful for the support and collaboration of our local health systems as well as the many partners and volunteers who are stepping up to work with us on the goal of vaccinating everyone willing and eligible as quickly as possible.
The Health Department is still vaccinating health care providers in phase 1A who have not been vaccinated through a local health system or provider. If you have not yet contacted us, please complete the appointment request survey as an individual or for your organization.
Type of Vaccine and Second Doses
The Health Department has Pfizer vaccine. If you are vaccinated through the Health Department, your second dose will be scheduled three weeks after the first dose.
We appreciate everyone’s patience. Please be assured we are vaccinating as quickly as we can and are sharing information as we have it.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Read this original post in Spanish or Arabic (Some text from these translations has been updated since originally published on 1/11. Above has the most updated information.)
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