Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution photo
Jake May/The Flint Journal / Associated Press

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is expanding to anyone 16-years of age and older at the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at Grand Rapids’ DeVos Place. The timing coincides with a concerning new wave in COVID-19 cases impacting younger people. 

“This is strangely and sadly reminiscent of what we felt in the fall.”

Dr. Darryl Elmouchi is President of Spectrum Health West Michigan. He explains that a couple of weeks ago COVID-19 inpatient admissions were at about 50. Since then admissions are climbing faster than the Thanksgiving surge.

Joe Biden Oval Office exterior photo
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Extreme winter weather is dealing the first major setback to the Biden administration’s planned swift rollout of coronavirus vaccines just as the national vaccination campaign was hitting its stride.

The disruptions caused by frigid temperatures, snow and ice left the White House scrambling to work with states to make up “lost ground” even as President Joe Biden was set to visit a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

DeVos Place Convention Center photo

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.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, December 3, 2020 photo
Office of the Governor / Associated Press

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday pressed state lawmakers to allocate billions in federal COVID-19 aid, warning that a delay could slow Michigan’s vaccination rate and efforts to reopen schools and help ailing businesses.

The push coincided with Senate Republicans’ release of a $2.2 billion coronavirus relief plan, which is less than half of what the Democratic governor proposed spending on one three weeks ago.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution photo
Jake May/The Flint Journal / Associated Press

Michigan will begin vaccinating seniors and front-line workers such as teachers and police against the coronavirus next week. State officials on Wednesday announced a plan to accelerate access for people who are at least 65 years old. The state had planned to next immunize those 75 and older and essential workers including first responders, prison guards and child care providers. But residents age 65 to 74 will be included, too. Seniors can book appointments by contacting county health departments and other local vaccine clinics.

All About Women

Sep 19, 2019

  All About Women, health guidance on behalf of local experts Today, Dr. Robyn Hubbard presents the topic, Vaccinations Necessary?

A new ad campaign is being launched in the hopes of raising awareness for child vaccinations. Michigan health officials are launching a vaccination campaign that stresses the importance of vaccinations. The "I Vaccinate" campaign created by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Franny Strong Foundation--will use television, radio, digital, social and outdoor advertising aimed at preventing serious diseases in children. In addition, a website launched where more information can be found about vaccinations.