Michigan hospitals have now given more than half a million COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing 55% of the total 909,038 doses provided in Michigan, according to data published Jan. 29 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
“Hospitals have played a vital role throughout this pandemic, and now they are leading the way delivering COVID-19 vaccine to our communities,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “While we still have a long way to go before all Michiganders are vaccinated, we celebrate today’s milestone as a sign of the progress we are making toward ending the pandemic. As vaccine supply increases, hospitals are at the ready to vaccinate more people every day.”
All vaccine received by hospitals is either administered or is scheduled to be provided as quickly as possible. Hospitals throughout the state are running vaccination clinics and scheduling appointments to help ensure vaccines are provided in a safe and orderly environment.
“Recipients of the over half a million vaccine doses include physicians, nurses, teachers, food service workers, security staff, patients and members of the community,” said MHA Chief Medical Officer Gary Roth, DO. “My colleagues in hospitals throughout Michigan are setting an example for the public: we believe in the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. Along with wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing hands regularly, receiving the vaccine, when it’s your turn, is something everyone can do to slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Clinical studies have shown the two currently approved COVID-19 vaccines to be up to 95% effective in preventing the COVID-19 virus and safe for use in adults. These vaccines require two doses to get full protection, which are given over the course of either three or four weeks.
Healthcare workers, individuals aged 65 or older and some essential workers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Many hospitals are contacting their patients who have been or are currently under the care of their healthcare systems to inform them of vaccine availability. Other members of the public should contact their local health department, call 2-1-1 or visit the state’s COVID-19 website for information on scheduling a vaccine appointment. Individuals with questions about the vaccine, how it was developed and how it prevents COVID-19 are encouraged to talk with their healthcare provider or visit reputable sources of facts, such as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services vaccine website.