COVID-19 vaccine

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Kent County officials have renegotiated the lease agreement for the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place.

Monday, January 25th the centrally located West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place began distributing COVID-19 vaccines. A collaboration between the Kent County Health Department, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health. At that time, the goal was to distribute 20,000 vaccines a day.

The clinic was announced January 22nd and the price-tag was not made public at that time.

“The cost is going to be significant. The cost of not doing it is also extraordinary.”

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This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, science advisor to President Joe Biden, predicted that by April most Americans will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine as supplies increase.

The Healthcare Distribution Alliance is the logistics side of the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain.

“So far, I think as of today, we’ve distributed and delivered 68-million products nationwide and about 46-million of those has been administered.”

Matt DiLoreto is Vice President of State Government Affairs for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital rolling out vaccination strategy for West Michigan’s vulnerable and underserved populations

“Whatever vaccine comes in goes into arms that week.”

Dr. Andrew Jameson is Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Mercy Health.

“Particularly with some of the news that the variants have been found in Grand Rapids and in many counties throughout Michigan now, I think we’re up to over 10 counties having identified the variant, we really feel like the vaccines are a race against those variants."

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Meijer said Monday it is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations across Michigan this week, with plans to administer up to 25,000 doses to people age 65 and older by week’s end.

The announcement came more than three weeks after the retailer began immunizations at a limited number of its pharmacies in Wayne County. Residents can pre-register by sending a text message, going online or visiting a Meijer pharmacy.

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Michigan’s largest health care provider canceled COVID-19 vaccine appointments for about 2,700 people after learning they jumped the line while registering online.

Beaumont Health said it has determined a user publicly shared an unauthorized pathway for scheduling.

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Beginning Monday, January 25th DeVos Place convention center will serve as a central COVID-19 vaccination location called the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place.

It’s a collaboration between the Kent County Health Department, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health.

“A key part of this new clinic is that we can truly scale it to give thousands of vaccines a day to community members.”

Dr. Darryl Elmouchi is President, Spectrum Health West Michigan. He explains that while the current vaccine supply is limited its distribution will be increasing.

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The state of Michigan is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to adults over the age of 65. The expanded coverage also includes teachers and childcare workers. In West Michigan the distribution is restricted to supply received. Spectrum Health expects to administer more than 21,000 vaccinations this week.

“Demand is truly astronomical as you can imagine.”

Dr. Darryl Elmouchi is President Spectrum Health West Michigan.

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The University of Michigan’s Big House has been transformed into The Big Vaccine Clinic.

A few hundred University of Michigan medical professionals and students who work in health care settings received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday at Michigan Stadium, one of the nation’s largest sporting venues.

Known as The Big House, the on-campus stadium welcomed 100,000-plus maize-and-blue-clad fans on fall Saturdays before the pandemic.

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The Army general in charge of getting COVID-19 vaccines across the United States is apologizing for what he calls "miscommunication" with states over the number of doses to be delivered in the early stages of distribution. Gen. Gustave Perna says he failed but he's pledging to "move forward." Perna's remarks came a day after a second vaccine was added in the fight against COVID-19, which has killed more than 312,000 people in the U.S.

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A frustrated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has criticized the Trump administration because Michigan will receive fewer doses of the coronavirus vaccine than expected in its next allocation. Whitmer says she can't get a "straight answer." Michigan is due 60,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in its second allotment, down from an anticipated 84,825. Several other states have reported similar cuts. Whitmer blamed the White House Friday. But a senior Trump administration official said there's confusion between planning and training numbers provided in mid-November and official allocations.

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Kent County along with health departments, healthcare providers and area universities are partnering with the launch of VaccinateWestMI.com.

“Thank you for checking out this website to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Dr. Adam London is director of the Kent County Health Department.

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A hospital system in southeastern Michigan is looking for up to 5,000 volunteers for a COVID-19 vaccine study. Henry Ford Health System is working with the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., which want 30,000 people in the U.S. Volunteers won't know if they're getting the real shot or a dummy version. After two doses, scientists will closely track which group experiences more infections as they go about their daily routines. People who want to volunteer or learn more about the vaccine trial can visit www.henryford.com/ModernaVaccine.