DETROIT – Demand to get the COVID-19 vaccine was so high that it crashed Beaumont’s scheduling system over the weekend.
The system was back up and running on Monday, but concerns were raised about the supply of vaccines.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has requested to purchase 100 thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The demand in Michigan has been far more than the supply.
Beaumont officials said they need at least 34,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to keep going. If it doesn’t get that many doses then it will run out next Tuesday.
Beaumont’s Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson had to give the order to increase computer service after the scheduling system went down due to so many COVID-19 vaccination requests.
The Beaumont Service Center in Southfield has the capacity to vaccinate 3,000 people a day. Beaumont is ready to add more sites to expand coverage. But officials want to hear from the state that vaccines are on the way before it expands.