Grand Traverse County Health Department Releases Letter On Vaccine Clinics
The Grand Traverse County Health Department is holding mass vaccination clinics starting Monday.
The clinics were announced Friday and are set to start at NMC’s Hagerty Center by appointment only.
The health department says it’s had an estimated 23,000 people identify themselves as eligible for Phase 1-B vaccinations leading up to the first clinics.
For planning purposes, demand for the vaccine was identified with help from the health department, United Way, and other local partners.
The department also says its scheduling software was, “chosen as a long-term solution for scheduling vaccinations for our community.”
The Grand Traverse County Health Department has received 1,500 doses of the vaccine, which are allocated for first dose recipients and will be administered this upcoming week.
Appointments for clinics filled up quickly.
The department states, “We are only adding appointment slots as vaccine supply is received and not creating appointments that would then need to be cancelled or rescheduled.”
The turn-around time from when they receive notification of how much vaccine they will get until the next mass clinic is less than three days.
The department says it will continue to vie for larger volumes of the vaccine, but there is only a certain allotment for the entirety of Michigan and it gets divided up between all local health departments and hospitals.
“This is going to be a long process and will be frustrating for many people in the early weeks of the mass vaccination effort,” the department stated in its letter. “We know it, we expected it, and we have been messaging this throughout the pandemic. Nothing about this virus is easy. Multiple manufacturers, 2 doses within a defined period, ultra-cold freezers, cold-chain management, and reliance on state and federal supply chains of the vaccine proves to be challenging to manage. We understand this is frustrating.”
The Grand Traverse County Health Department has provided answers to any questions you may have about the coronavirus vaccine here.