44.6% of Kent County residents have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Approximately 44.6% of Kent County’s residents ages 16 and older have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Kent County’s health data as of Thursday April 8th, 27.6% of residents are fully vaccinated and another 17.1% received only one shot. The county’s population of people aged 16 and over is approximately 517,000.
At the same time last week, data showed that 23.2% of residents were fully vaccinated and another 15.8% were partially vaccinated.
On Monday, April 5, the state officially opened the eligibility to vaccinate anyone aged 16 and over, regardless of pre-existing conditions or occupations.
All information on registering vaccines in West Michigan can be found at: https://vaccinatewestmi.com/register/.
In percentage terms, people age 65 and over are the most vaccinated group in Kent County, with about 66% of that population, totaling about 1.76 million, being fully vaccinated.
Around 28.4% of 50 to 64 year olds are fully vaccinated, 19.5% of 40 to 49 year olds, 18.3% of 30 to 39 year olds, 13.9% of 20 to 29 year olds Year olds and 3% of 16 to 19 year olds.
This week, Kent County’s health officials worked to dispel the myth that vaccinations are leading to a surge in new coronavirus cases.
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Adam London, director of Kent County’s Department of Health, said cases have remained unchanged in those over 65, the most vaccinated group, while cases have been increasing in younger people.
“Right now, vaccinated people are not among the people hospitalized for COVID-19,” he said.
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