According to official figures, the extension of COVID vaccination eligibility in Washtenaw County will have no immediate impact
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Anyone 65 years of age and older waiting to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should contact the Washtenaw County Health Department if they haven’t been offered an appointment.
Seniors and key workers will continue to be a priority for Washtenaw County’s vaccines despite the state seeking to expand vaccination ratings Monday, health officials said.
On March 8, people aged 50 and over with pre-existing illnesses, disabilities and other medical vulnerabilities can be vaccinated. Two weeks later, on March 22nd, all residents aged 50 and over can register for an appointment.
“We will start taking inquiries on Monday, but realistically, appointments will not be immediately available for those newly eligible,” said Susan Ringler-Cerniglia, spokeswoman for the Washtenaw County Department of Health.
As of March 3, 111,427 first and second doses of vaccine had been administered across healthcare systems in Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Health Department is responsible for administering 24,287 of these doses.
The county stands ready to vaccinate more people if the supply increases, officials said. The state takes care of the health department on a weekly basis.
Residents should visit www.washtenaw.org/covid19vaccine to see if they can be vaccinated by the health department.
Individuals should also complete the Individual Vaccine Appointment Request survey at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6135145/covidvaccine. Those who cannot complete the survey online can call 734-544-6700.
Vaccination clinics have been operating at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center since January and are now staffed by staff at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital as part of a partnership with the Health Department.
Michigan Medicine and IHA vaccinate patients on a supply basis. Meijer and Rite Aid pharmacies now also offer vaccinations in Washtenaw County.
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