Almost 1M Michigan Residents Have Received a COVID-19 Vaccine
The good news is, vaccine supply is increasing. Ingham County Health Department has already started giving the vaccine to residents that are first responders and those over 65 years old. Barry/Eaton County are also giving out limited doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, as the amount of vaccine being distributed is slowly increasing. This week Meijer Pharmacy is providing vaccines for first responders and people in nursing homes. Walmart, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Kroger, CVS, and Meijer are all getting ready to start making appointments and dispensing the vaccine. Sparrow and Mclaren health are also ramping up registration for the vaccine. Right now you can sign up online at Mclaren Hospital and Meijer Pharmacy. Once Meijer has enough vaccines in stock, appointments will be scheduled and people requesting the vaccine will be texted with appointments, they will be able to accept the offered appointment, pass for another appointment time, or decline the appointment.
As of Tuesday, almost a million Michigan residents have been vaccinated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for Covid-19. So far Michigan has averaged about 41,943 vaccinations every day over the past week, that’s an increase of 38,000 shots per day. The Governor wants to see us get to 50,000 shots or more every day.
MLive reports “Time is of the essence,” Whitmer said Tuesday during a virtual press conference. “We want to move swiftly to get 50,000 shots in arms per day every day. We’ve hit that number a few times. We are capable of this and even more but we need the vaccines in order to be successful and we need the resources to make sure that we’ve got the administration effort fully engaged. “The greatest threat to our forward progress remains that threat of lack of resources.”
Michigan residents who are 65 or older represent 48% of our population who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, that’s about 478,580 seniors who got their first shot. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive has expressed optimism for the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, which they are hoping will be available in March. The FDA is reviewing their clinical trial data with a panel of independent experts on February 26. The hope is they will get approval soon after.
Many of us are looking for an appointment to get our shot of the vaccine. The offerings go quickly. But with the increase in supply slowly growing, eventually everyone will be able to get vaccinated.
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