The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department has begun its COVID-19 vaccination effort. The department has released the following:
The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department (VBCDHD) received its first Phase 1A allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna). VBCDHD staff, who will be vaccinating other individuals, were the first to receive vaccine on December 23. VBCDHD Phase 1A clinics begin this week for first Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers, first responders, and health care workers who are not being vaccinated through a hospital or other organization.
While Phase 1A clinics are only open to specific priority groups, VBCDHD is already looking ahead to future phases. As part of its planning, Van Buren/Cass District Health Department is asking critical infrastructure employers and direct care workers not affiliated with a hospital or other organization to complete the vaccination survey available at www.vbcassdhd.org/covid-19-vaccine. Completing the form helps VBCDHD plan logistics, such as clinic locations and vaccine order volume, and provide easy access to communication when necessary.
Distribution of the vaccine in Michigan will be in a phased approach as it will be several months before enough of the vaccine has been received to vaccinate everyone. The prioritization guidance, established primarily by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), has an emphasis on ensuring continued functioning of the health care system and essential services in the community, and protecting people at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness. To find out where everyone has been categorized on the vaccine prioritization guidance, visit www.michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.