The Ingham County Health Department is urging residents who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine to register for their shots with multiple providers, including the Health Department, Sparrow Health System, McLaren Greater Lansing, Rite Aid and Meijer.
About 70,000 people were registered for the vaccine with the Health Department last week, but officials can only accept up to 3,000 new patients each week due to limited supplies allocated to each local provider. To ensure supplies are used, residents should seek vaccines everywhere.
“Unless supply drastically increases, the reality is that it will likely be April or May before everyone who is registered and eligible as of today is vaccinated,” Vail said. “I continue to advocate for more vaccine for our community and hope we will start to see increases in supply.”
Eligible residents — including frontline workers and those 65 and up — are also encouraged to cancel unwanted appointments after securing a shot from a provider to avoid redundancies. Both doses of the two-dose vaccine must come from the same provider, officials emphasized.
The number for the Health Department’s vaccine hotline is 517-887-4623. Additionally, anyone can pre-register for the vaccine through the Meijer pharmacy clinic and Rite Aid pharmacies. Online patient portals are also available online for Sparrow and McLaren in Greater Lansing.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation from President Joe Biden, ordered flags lowered this week to honor the 500,000 people who have died from COVID-19 nationwide. The staggering death toll has led to a one-year decrease in overall life expectancy in the U.S. Black Americans were hit harder than white people, who lost 2.7 years compared to 0.8 years.
State data released this week shows that 42% of those who have received vaccines are white while just 4% are Black. The bulk of vaccinations (about 44%) didn’t include information about race. A new direct entry tool now allows providers to enter additional demographics into the state’s tracking system. Residents are also urged to fill out race data questions when they get their vaccine in order to better direct the state’s strategy to address and target any inequities.
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