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The county received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.
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Vaccine scheduling and distribution for seniors is handled directly by Wayne County’s hospital system partners. Vaccine scheduling for essential workers will begin as the county makes progress vaccinating healthcare workers, EMS first responders and nursing home residents and as more vaccine supply is available. Wayne County hopes that they will be able to provide COVID-19 vaccines to teachers and other essential frontline workers in the next few weeks. Everything depends on how much vaccine the state of Michigan sends to the county.
Wayne County must first finish vaccinating higher priority groups — healthcare workers, EMS first responders, and nursing home residents (Phase 1A) – before it can move to teachers, and other front-line essential workers (Phase 1B).
The speed of this process depends on the amount of vaccine the state of Michigan sends to Wayne County.
Right now, Wayne County receives less vaccine than requested every week and a far lower supply than necessary to quickly complete Phase 1A.
The State of Michigan determines the amount the County receives based on their inventory, supplied by the Federal government, as well as the need throughout the State.
The Wayne County Public Health Division encourages all residents to continue practicing preventive measures such as wearing a face-covering in public spaces, socially distancing, washing hands, getting tested frequently and staying home when feeling ill.
The county received 1,950 doses of the vaccine in the first shipment. A second shipment of 975 followed on Tuesday, Dec. 29 in addition to the second dose shipment for those who received their first dose. The State of Michigan currently sends the county a shipment every seven days. The County cannot confirm the number of doses until notified of shipment confirmation.
The state of Michigan is reviewing need and availability on a weekly basis and they expect to make shipping and allocation decisions in that time frame.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Michigan have established a prioritized list of who will get the vaccine and in what order. Here is the current order, as determined by the State of Michigan, in order of priority:
Phase 1A includes persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities.
Phase 1B includes persons 65 years of age or older, school teachers, and workers in essential and critical industries, including workers with unique skill sets such as nonhospital or non-public health laboratories and mortuary services.
Phase 1C includes people at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions.
Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all adults.
The State of Michigan created this prioritization list, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State of Michigan is coordinating the distribution of the vaccine to local health departments and hospitals. This prioritization list is the same across Michigan.
No. There is a very limited supply of the vaccine right now. More is being made each day. It will take time for supply to meet up with demand. Until then, the state is prioritizing the distribution of the vaccines we have.
The vaccine is free. An administrative cost may be billed to your insurance provider if you have health coverage. While you will be asked for your health insurance information, you do not need insurance to receive a vaccine.
For Phase 1, you will need to provide your work identification or some other form of ID to indicate you meet the eligibility requirement for the vaccine. You will also be asked to provide your name and contact information at registration. This is done to help with follow up for the second dose. You will not be asked for your Social Security information or about immigration status.
That will depend on how fast more vaccine doses are made available. The Wayne County Public Health Department will monitor the distribution process and update residents when new information becomes available.
First, it depends on how much vaccine the state makes available to Wayne County. We expect it could take several months to complete all of Phase 1. As more information becomes available, the Wayne County Public Health Department will update residents.
More information is available online at:
City of Livonia - www.LivoniaCOVID19.com
Wayne County - www.WayneCounty.com/covid19
State of Michigan - www.Michigan.gov/coronavirus