Washtenaw County hopes to vaccinate another 2,000, but cancels clinic due to low doses
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Thousands of Washtenaw County residents have already been injected with COVID-19 while others are now waiting for their appointments.
The Washtenaw County Health Department still intends to vaccinate more than 2,000 people the week of January 18, after being forced to cancel its scheduled immunization clinic on Tuesday, January 19, due to a poor supply, officials said on Friday.
The health department had 960 appointments scheduled for Jan. 19 that will need to be rescheduled, officials said. Those scheduled to be vaccinated on Jan. 19 will be contacted to set a new date as soon as possible, the health department said in a statement. post on social networks Friday.
There are 2,360 COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled in Washtenaw County as of Jan. 15, according to county data, which also shows that the Washtenaw County Department of Health administered 4,382 doses of the vaccine to the Wednesday January 13.
During the week of January 11, the health ministry reported immunizing 2,400 people.
“People are thrilled to be vaccinated, which thrills us, but there is this great expectation that eligible people can get this appointment immediately,” Health Director spokesperson Susan said on Thursday. Ringler-Cerniglia. “We’re trying to do our best with limited supplies, but not everyone will be able to get an appointment at this time.”
The health department has struggled over the past few days to convey to residents that despite the state of Michigan’s decision to move to Phase 1B, they may still not be able to make an appointment.
“Even though we try to program as many eligible people into this 1B group, we are still vaccinating some people in 1A and we are bringing as many of these older people as possible, along with a few of these worker groups. essential, ”Ringler-Cerniglia said.
Health officials understand the frustration of residents who want to be vaccinated and want to know when and where they will get their vaccine, Ringler-Cerniglia said.
“The people who have called us, who have called the health care providers and who have called everywhere and feel like it’s a mad rush, I would say we’re probably as frustrated as they are,” said declared Ringler-Cerniglia.
People in phase 1A who were eligible since vaccinations began last month still have priority over those now eligible for phase 1B, the health department said.
There are currently three sources of vaccines that allow vaccines to be injected into the arms of people in the state of Michigan and Washtenaw County: local health departments, health systems, and pharmacies that administer vaccines to people. long-term care facilities, like CVS and Walgreens.
The teachers are among the groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but the health ministry said it had yet to start scheduling them for appointments.
“We hope that (teachers can make appointments) as early as early February, but this is tricky with the large number of eligible people and a high priority for our seniors who are currently more vulnerable,” Ringler-Cerniglia mentioned.
If you believe you are among the 80,000 residents of Washtenaw County currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, complete the survey appointment request online, or contact the health department at 734-544-6700, or [email protected]
For those who have called to make an appointment and have not reached a representative, the health department reassures callers that they will receive a response within 24 to 36 hours, if not the same day.
The health department has restructured its staff to support the capacity of a higher call volume and currently has three staff members working on phone lines, Ringler-Cerniglia said.
If you are currently eligible, your survey will be accepted and you will be “online” to receive a link (or call) to register for an appointment. You’ll see a confirmation screen and receive an email if your survey is accepted and it may take days or weeks for you to receive a schedule link, the health department said.
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