Vaccine scorecard – slow rollout – lack of direction

Jan. 15, 2021  PLYMOUTH VOICE.

Plymouth Michigan News

As Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is being distributed and administered across the state residents say they are confused about the process and claim there is no clear unified direction coming from state officials or county health departments as to how to get vaccinated.

Federal health officials announced Jan. 12 that they strongly recommend that states open vaccines to those age 65 and over. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has allowed that on Jan. 11 all counties may begin vaccinating state residents  who are 65 and up.

“I urge all seniors to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible…” the governor avowed.

The big question is how.

Health care workers are said to be at the top in the first wave for vaccines. Not everyone in the previous phase has been vaccinated.

There are nine groups of people in the new phase of the state plan;

  • Residents age 65 years and older
  • Police officers
  • First responders
  • Frontline state workers
  • Frontline federal workers
  • Jail staff members
  • Prison staff members
  • Pre-K through 12th grade teachers
  • Childcare providers

Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna will require two doses. If you get one of these vaccines, you’ll need a follow-up dose a few weeks later to be effectively immunized.

According to the latest data reported from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Michigan has improved its national standing vaccine distribution, moving to the 29thamong all states.

“We’re making a great start…We’ve shipped out every single vaccine we’ve received,” Whitmer quipped last week during a press conference.


Covid Vaccinations distributed-all states     30,628,175

Total Doses Administered-all states              11,148,991

Total doses administered for Long-Term Care Facilities-all states    1,225, 493

(Based on CDC Key Data for monitoring in the U.S. as of Jan 14)


Covid 19 Vaccine doses administered by person’s residence in key Southeast Michigan counties:


Wayne County   34,635

Washtenaw        24,183

Oakland              50, 293

Macomb             25,644

Livingston            6,097

(Based on CDC Key Data for monitoring by County as of Jan 13)


Covid 19 Daily Cases per 100,000 in key Southeast Michigan counties:


Wayne County        26

Washtenaw             26

Oakland                   23

Macomb                   24

Livingston                62

(Based on CDC Key Data for monitoring by County as of Jan 14)


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has set an initial operational goal of vaccinating 70% of people age 16 years of age and older, or about 5.6 million people, by the end of 2021.


Plymouth Voice.

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