A total of 244 Michigan residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday, December 15, according to a new COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard launched today to help Michiganders track vaccine information.
The state has 297 sites enrolled in the vaccine supplier program and 26,325 doses of vaccine have been shipped to the site so far, according to the dashboard. All of those 26,000 doses went to hospitals, which immunize frontline healthcare workers.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard includes data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry on the number of providers registered to provide the vaccine, the amount of vaccine received, and the doses administered. The dashboard will be expanded over the next few weeks to include vaccine coverage rates by age and race, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
MDHHS has also updated information in its priority groups for immunization administration document.
Based on the updates, 16 and 17 year old adolescents can receive the vaccine. Previous MDHHS guidelines recommended the vaccine for those 18 and older, but lowered the age based on new federal recommendations.
The guidelines for pregnant women have also been updated.
“While there is currently no data on the safety and effectiveness of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that pregnant women may be offered the vaccine in priority groups after consultation with their doctor, ”the MDHHS press release said.
The MDHHS is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for prioritizing the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid individuals serving in health care facilities who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and who are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities duration.
- Phase 1B includes some workers in essential and critical industries, including workers with unique skills such as non-hospital or non-public health laboratories and mortuary services.
- Phase 1C includes people 16 years of age or older who are at high risk for serious COVID-19 illness from underlying medical conditions, and people 65 years of age and older.
- Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all people aged 16 and over.
“It is important to note that vaccination in one phase may not be complete until the start of vaccination in another phase. Vaccination in these phases is likely to overlap, ”the MDHHS press release said.
Phase 1A started on Monday December 14th. The start of subsequent phases depends on “the vaccine supply from the manufacturer, how the vaccine is federally allocated in Michigan, and the ability to deliver the vaccine to populations,” the press release said.
“The vaccine distribution will take place over a series of weeks, and current estimates are that by the end of spring 2021, enough vaccine will be available for all who are recommended to receive it,” the press release said. .
There will be no out-of-pocket costs for individuals for the vaccine. However, healthcare providers can charge insurance for administrative costs, the MDHHS said. The COVID-19 vaccine will require two doses, separated by three or four weeks depending on the manufacturer. Michiganders should receive both doses in order to have full protection against the virus.
People who receive the vaccine may experience mild side effects such as a mild fever, arm pain, and fatigue, which indicates that the vaccine is working.
“There is a robust state and national process for tracking vaccines and reporting side effects,” the press release said.
The MDHHS stresses that Michiganders should continue to wear masks, socially distance themselves from those outside their household and wash their hands often, even after receiving the vaccine.
Michigan residents seeking more information on the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.
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