Washtenaw County using census tract data to track COVID vaccine progress

More than 60% of residents age 16 and up have received at least one dose, data shows

Vaccine status by census tract map as of May 4, 2021. (Washtenaw County Health Department)

YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Health Department announced on Thursday that “significant progress” has been made in vaccinating residents against COVID, according to census tract maps shared on its website.

As of May 4, more than 60% of Washtenaw County residents age 16 and up have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 47% of residents have received two doses.

The Health Department continues to operate mass vaccination sites in Chelsea and Ypsilanti, community pop-up clinics and Nurse of the Run home visits. Individuals in need of an appointment may schedule one on the Health Department’s website or walk-up to any clinic to receive a dose, while supplies last.

Areas are prioritized for outreach efforts and pop-up clinics based on lower vaccination rates.

“Using census tract data helps us ensure we’re reaching all areas of the county in our vaccine distribution,” Jimena Loveluck, Washtenaw County health officer said in a release. “We’re continually working to remove barriers to vaccination and make COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible.”

The census tract maps will be updated weekly on the Health Department’s vaccine data page. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Michigan develop the maps and have granted the Health Department permission to share them.

Data on countywide vaccination is pulled from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry and detailed data is from the Health Department’s electronic medical records.

With increased supply, it is not easier than ever to get the COVID vaccine. All individuals age 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is anticipated to be authorized for children ages 12-15 soon.

Online self-scheduling on the Health Department’s website makes it easy for individuals to choose a time and place that works best for them. Walk-ins are welcome during clinic hours while supplies last and free transportation is available for those who need help getting to vaccination sites.

For more information and to book an appointment to get vaccinated, visit www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19.

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.