Health department waiting for more COVID-19 vaccine

The two approved vaccines for COVID-19, Moderna and Pfizer, continue to arrive slowly in Michigan. The main problem is that the manufacturers have not been able to produce vaccine quickly enough.

Last week the health department did begin vaccinating essential workers in group 1B. However no new shipments of vaccine were received in our District—Clinton, Gratiot and Montcalm counties.

As a reminder, 8,900 doses came into the District, of which 1,600 came to the health department. By the end of this week the health department will have administered all but 400 of its doses, and the remaining doses are all assigned to someone for clinics next week. When more vaccine is available new clinics will be found on our website here.

People in our jurisdiction have a number of options for getting vaccinated:

– Patients of Spectrum Hospital providers can schedule a vaccination through their Spectrum MyChart here. Please understand there is very little vaccine, and most people will have to wait for a vaccination.

– MidMichigan hospital has begun calling their own patients to schedule vaccinations. MidMichigan patients can get information here. Until more vaccine is available only a small number of people should expect to be called.

– Sparrow hospital finished vaccinating their health care providers and did vaccinate a small number of school personnel (1B). Sparrow is now out of vaccine and will resume when more comes in.

Please do not call the health department or hospitals requesting vaccine. There is no new vaccine at this time and phone lines are overloaded. Please sign up for the newsletter to ensure you hear about new clinics. Sign up here.

The health department has placed a sizeable order of vaccine. Hospitals also expect to receive vaccine. MMDHD will not know until next week if they will receive any. If they get vaccine, they will be partnering with a pharmacy to do new clinics in this jurisdiction immediately.

MMDHD wants to thank all their community partners at the three community collaboratives and emergency operations centers for helping them plan these upcoming clinics.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported earlier in the month that local public health departments would be receiving a shipment of KN95 masks that the public could have for free. The Mid-Michigan District Health Department has not received the shipment yet, but when it does will place a notice on the website.


COVID restrictions change January 16

Closed:
– Indoor dining
– Workplaces when work can be done from home
– Nightclubs
– Water Parks
– Contact sports

Open with restrictions:
– Indoor group fitness classes
– Non-contact sports
– Casinos, archades, bingo halls
– Theaters, stadiums, arenas
– Outdoor dining
– Retail
– Small outdoor gatherings (25 max)
– Hair salons, barbershops
– Preschool through 12 at district’s discression
– Funerals (25 max)


Tele-town hall to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine is January 21

State Rep. Graham Filler will hold a tele-town hall on Thursday, January 21 to inform residents about distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is extremely important to finally bringing an end to the pandemic and helping individuals protect their health. Many residents have questions about the vaccine and what they need to do to receive it,” Filler said. “This town hall will provide answers and information on the vaccine, and provide a forum for residents to share their questions.”

Filler will be joined by guests, Marcus Cheatham, health officer with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, and a health professional from Sparrow Health System.

The event will start at 7 p.m. Those wishing to join may call toll free at (877) 820-7831 and enter 298738# when prompted.

For anyone with questions who is unable to participate, Filler’s office can be reached at (517) 373-1778 or GrahamFiller@house.mi.gov.


St. Joseph Parish history video – Part 4

The History of St. Joseph Parish, narrated by Deacon Eric Elstro.

Part 4

https://youtu.be/AVFyKz4TIz4

New episodes are expected to be released every Sunday in a total of eight parts.

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Part 1
https://youtu.be/Rm2VkFoJvYM

Part 2
https://youtu.be/OiGVhfL2ZtY

Part 3
https://youtu.be/T3zmTWPyxJo


The Voice for Clinton County’s Children updating building

The staff and volunteers at The Voice for Clinton County’s Children have been working hard as they continue to update their beautiful building to make things even more welcoming and safe for children and families.

They look forward to welcoming you in person when it is safe to do so. They say they will hold a great party.


2021 Relay Kickoff scheduled for February 4

Relay for Life may look different this year, but the passion is unchanged.

Join everyone on Thursday, February 4 for a nationwide virtual kickoff on Facebook Live.

We’ll come together as a community to kickstart another year of celebrating lives, sharing stories, and using our strength as a community to fight for a cancer-free future. Relayers make the impossible possible.