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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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State health officials said Friday that Michigan has capacity to vaccinate up to 80,000 people a day but the supply of COVID-19 doses, while higher in recent weeks, remains limited.

They also said their goal is to ensure no one has to travel more than 20 minutes to a vaccination site in the pandemic, and that a priority is to allocate additional doses to areas based on factors such as poverty, lack of transportation and crowded housing.

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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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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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Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health received its first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine early Monday morning and began vaccinating staff at 12:04pm. 

Per Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, frontline hospital workers across the country are receiving the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

At Spectrum Health the first groups getting the shots are the Emergency Room, Intensive Care and COVID-19 Units.

“So far, I feel fine. Not even a sore arm. It’s been about three-and-a-half hours.”

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Health officials are reducing their count of Michigan's measles cases after additional testing determined two of the reported cases weren't the highly contagious disease .

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that the number for 2019 is 39, down from 41 that it reported earlier this week . The two cases included a child in Washtenaw County that was reported as the first case in that county as well as a child in Oakland County.

The Department of Health and Human Services data shows 3.2 percent of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016 compared to 3.1 percent the year before. The immunization rate was 4.8 percent in 2014. Since 2015, the state has required parents to attend educational sessions if they want to delay or decline immunizations for diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis B and chickenpox. 


Doctors, parents and public health experts gathered in Lansing with one simple message – vaccinate your children.

Monday marked the launch of the “I Vaccinate” campaign. It’s a multi-media advertising and educational campaign aimed at raising the state’s immunization rate.

Michigan is currently ranked 43rd in the nation for immunization rates among children 19 to 35 months.

Lawsuit challenges vaccine counseling requirement

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A legal challenge has been filed against a state rule that requires counseling for parents who have a religious objection to vaccinating their children.

For two years, Michigan has required parents who have a religious objection to vaccinating their school-aged children to show up at their local health department for a counseling session on the benefits of immunizations.

Kate Oliveri is an attorney with Thomas More Law Center, which filed the legal challenge.

She says the state should not take sides.

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State officials encourage families to keep up-to-date on vaccinations after seeing a more than 50 percent jump in chickenpox cases this year.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says initial numbers show 239 chickenpox cases reported in 2016 through April.

That’s 57 percent higher than last year.

The MDHHS says nearly all outbreaks this year occurred in individuals who were not vaccinated.

The Michigan appeals court says parents who are declared unfit can't prevent their children from being vaccinated against illness.

In a 3-0 decision this week, the court affirmed a decision by a Kent County judge who ordered vaccinations for four children in foster care.

The request was made by a state foster care worker who was assigned to their case.

The children's mother had objected to vaccinations on religious grounds.

But Judge Paul Denenfeld in 2015 said she had forfeited the right to make decisions for the children.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials are emphasizing the need to keep children's vaccinations up to date following recent chickenpox outbreaks. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says Tuesday that outbreaks have been reported in recent weeks in Calhoun, Grand Traverse, Muskegon and Wayne counties and have involved mainly unvaccinated children in school settings. Immunization against chickenpox and several other diseases is required for school entry in Michigan.

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Flu season is officially here, and Michigan health agencies are urging residents to keep their flu vaccinations up to date for adults and children.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says three pediatric deaths occurred from the flu last year.

It says vaccination rates for Michigan children ages five to 12 experienced a "significant" drop last year, to 52 percent.

The department says children, seniors and those with chronic health conditions are at increased risk of catching the flu.