Wayne County Public Health Department will vaccinate seniors and others priority essential workers as more vaccine becomes available from the state of Michigan, Wayne County Chief Health Strategist Mouhanad Hammami said.
See today’s Wayne County Report for January 8, 2021.
For now, the county is continuing with vaccinations for nursing home residents and staff, EMS first responders and essential health care infrastructure. The county will publicly announce when people in the next phase of vaccine distribution can make appointments to receive shots.
“Wayne County continues to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1A based on the prioritization schedule and vaccine availability as directed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,” Dr. Hammami said. “The vaccine supplied has been less than requested which poses a challenge in moving through priority groups in a timely and efficient manner.”
Dr. Hammami added the county has not yet received sufficient vaccine from the state of Michigan to complete vaccinations for health care infrastructure that includes dentists, providers, dialysis and pharmacies among others. As more vaccine becomes available, the county will move to the next phase of priority vaccinations: seniors 65 and older, teachers, and essential front-line workers.
On Wednesday, the state of Michigan increased the populations eligible under the vaccinating plan created by the state Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to accelerating the move to Phase 1B, the state moved up teachers, seniors older than 65 years, and front-line workers from subsequent phases. While some smaller counties may be ready to move to Phase 1B, counties like Wayne, the state’s most populous, are still working through Phase 1A populations.
Currently, Wayne County receives up to 975 doses a week of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the state of Michigan. Each week Wayne County requests 4,875 vaccine doses, the maximum allowable, to meet its present demand.
Hammami said the county Health Department is working with local health providers to increase vaccine delivery capacity. He said he hopes to have increased vaccination options ready next week, in accordance with new state directives issued today.
Wayne County residents interested in knowing whether they qualify for a vaccine in Phase 1A or 1B can do so online. The County will make a separate public announcement when it is ready to accept appointments for Phase 1B residents.
The countywide health data released January 7 showed Taylor had 17 newly confirmed cases, upping its total to 2,849. There were no new COVID-related deaths. That overall total remains at 116.
The City strongly suggests that residents always wear masks when and where they are recommended. Residents can pick up free reusable face masks at City Hall. Social distance. Sanitize your hands on a regular basis.
Please note that free COVID-19 testing is available at the Lakes of Taylor Golf Course. It is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. This is a drive-thru testing facility open to anyone in the region. The Lakes of Taylor is located on Northline Road between Telegraph and Beech Daly.