Michigan’s race to get everyone vaccinated leaves some senior citizens behind
Her health department, Wayne County, has said to not call for a vaccine, but to call your health provider. Nearly 2,000 Pfizer first doses were delivered to Wayne County, along with 3,900 Moderna first doses. Wayne County health workers started distributing the vaccine at the Wayne County Community College Campus in Taylor. “It didn’t even hurt.”Local 4 camera crews tried to find senior citizens at the campus getting vaccinated and were unable to find any. Why are 200,000 Wayne County seniors being left out?
Wayne County health officials confirm 4 COVID variant cases, investigate 4 potential cases
DETROIT – Wayne County health officials are investigating four confirmed cases of the COVID variant, as well as four potential cases. Officials said the four people suspected of being infected with the new B.1.1.7 variant have tested positive for COVID-19 and being retested for the variant. Officials said those four people were in close contact with the four individuals who are already confirmed to be infected with the variant. The four confirmed cases are from two 35-year-olds, a 41-year-old and a 42-year-old. “As we administer our vaccine, it is important for people to mask up, wash their hands frequently, and avoid large groups,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, chief health strategist for Wayne County.
Vaccine shortage slows Michigan’s effort to end pandemic
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)LANSING, Mich. – If Michigan could administer 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day, it could hit its goal of inoculating 70% of people age 16 and older by August. The other COVID-19 vaccine, from Moderna, is going to residents and staff in long-term care facilities through a federal program. “Everyone who wants a vaccine is going to get one,” she said. Hospitals and local health departments, which are administering vaccines, say the process is going more smoothly, but demand far outpaces supply. “The biggest issue right now is getting more vaccine into our state,” said Ruthanne Sudderth, senior vice president of public affairs and communications for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
Supply shortage causes COVID-19 vaccine delays at Wayne County, Henry Ford Health System
click to enlarge ShutterstockWayne County and Henry Ford Health System are postponing some COVID-19 vaccinations because of a supply shortage.Health officials said they’re receiving fewer vaccines than expected.The Wayne County Public Health Department recently learned it would no longer receive the Pfizer vaccine for first doses. The county is rescheduling about 1,400 first-dose vaccine appointments that were planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.“We know people are frustrated with the vaccine supply shortages from the state,” Wayne County Chief Health Strategist Dr. Mouhanad Hammami said in a news release. “Our team is prepared to vaccinate more residents and better protect our communities as soon as we get more vaccine.”The county said it’s expected to receive 5,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine Tuesday. Since the vaccine must be handled differently than the Pfizer doses, health officials are adding a new indoor vaccination site at Schoolcraft College to administer the shots.At Henry Ford, the health system only received 37% of the doses it expected to get this week. More than 18,000 employees — or about 60% of the workforce — have either received a vaccine or are scheduled to get one.Hospitals and municipalities throughout the country have been plagued by vaccine shortages, even though demand is not as high as initially expected.metrotimes.com
Wayne County shifts to Moderna COVID-19 vaccine amid Pfizer supply shortage
DETROIT – Since first rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December, Wayne County has vaccinated 6,500 people in phases 1A and 1B, which includes health care workers and seniors 65 years of age and older. However, there are still 40,000 to vaccinate, including 20,000 teachers and 5,000 law enforcement personnel. READ: Vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases“We’re still at the very beginning stages because of just the sheer volume of people that require that vaccine,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Wayne County chief health strategist. It also depends on if they can get the doses they need from the state, which so far has been difficult. Right now, if I order 5,000 (doses) this week, I wouldn’t know until early next week if I’m getting the full 5,000 or if I’m getting 1,000 only.
Wayne County health department transitioning to Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for first-dose recipients
State officials informed the county Friday that the Wayne County Public Health Department no longer would receive the Pfizer vaccine to administer for first doses. DETAILS: COVID-19 vaccinations rescheduled by Wayne County Public Health Division due to supply shortageState officials informed the county Friday that the Wayne County Public Health Department no longer would receive the Pfizer vaccine to administer for first doses. According to the county, the Moderna vaccine is just as effective as the Pfizer vaccine but must be handled differently. Public health officials are adding a new indoor vaccination site at Schoolcraft College where the Moderna vaccine will be administered. Seniors over 65 or older should schedule a vaccine through their health system, not the county health department.
Wayne County seniors can get COVID vaccines at area hospitals
Wayne County hospitals are ready to vaccinate seniors, who are being asked to contact their area hospitals directly. Photo: Rido/ShutterstockWAYNE COUNTY – Wayne County residents aged 65 and older can now get COVID-19 vaccines at local hospitals, county officials said on Monday. “We are directing our seniors to contact their hospital or health system to request a vaccine time,” Wayne County Chief Health Strategist Dr. Mouhanad Hammami said. Seniors should contact hospitals directly.”“We know many people are frustrated about the slow distribution of vaccine from the state of Michigan,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “Despite these challenges, vaccinations are the most effective way to end this pandemic and I encourage all Wayne County residents to get vaccinated.arabamericannews.com
Wayne County's first batch of COVID-19 vaccines could come Wednesday
Next is adults with high-risk medical conditions, like those in nursing homes.The general public will get the vaccine last, which will likely be months from now and require a mass distribution effort.Still, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. "That's a very broad picture of what our plan is," Hammami said. "We are monitoring anything that changes, and this plan is probably going to be tweaked several times. "The vaccine comes in two doses administered over the course of three weeks. The county is also expecting to get doses of Moderna's newly approved vaccine as well.metrotimes.com
Wayne County anticipates delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in few days
With panelists giving the green light on the use of the Pfizer vaccine, Wayne County is anticipating delivery of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines. DETROIT — With panelists giving the green light on the use of the Pfizer vaccine, Wayne County is anticipating delivery of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines. I will update county residents as more information from the state and the federal government is available. It still will be several months before there are enough vaccine doses to provide access to everyone in Wayne County. Beaumont ACO CEO and Chairman Dr. Belal Abdallah said that Beaumont is expected to receive the Pfizer vaccines as early as Monday.arabamericannews.com
Wayne County develops COVID-19 data system to share with its communities, school districts
DETROIT – In cooperation with Wayne Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA), Wayne County officials said they have developed a metric system with three key data points to put COVID-19 numbers in context. We’re looking at numbers of cases, the trend rate in communities and positivity rate,” said Wayne County Director of Communications Bill Nowling. Currently, the risk assessment is at the highest level across most of Wayne County. School districts and communities are given the risk assessment in two-week increments but are weekly briefed. View more: Wayne County news
Wayne and Oakland counties work to ramp up COVID testing
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – As coronavirus cases continue to rise, county officials are expanding drive-up testing in Metro Detroit to give residents more access to free testing sites. Testing is expanding as coronavirus cases continue to surge and more people ignore health officials with the holiday season underway. Health officials urging people to get tested. And the testing is available to everyone, regardless of health insurance. Wayne County also has two mobile units that will be sent to different communities to help those who might not have access to transportation or have a permanent address.
Wayne County advises its schools to switch to remote learning through Jan. 15
DETROIT – The Wayne County Public Health Division has issued an advisory, strongly recommending that all public, non-public and boarding schools in the county’s jurisdiction should shift to remote learning through Jan. 15, 2021. “We have reached a point in the pandemic that we hoped the County would never see,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “Wayne County includes many tightly knit communities and we cherish our time together with our families. The recommendation addresses “an age group that can spread COVID-19 without showing signs or symptoms,” officials said. “We are working extremely closely with our school districts to prevent further spread,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Wayne County chief health strategist.