Michigan communities from the Upper Peninsula to Detroit are starting to get shipments of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with more than 26,000 doses sent to health departments in 10 counties.
All told, more than 84,000 units of the vaccine will be shipped initially to 56 hospitals in 16 counties after the vaccine was approved last week, state health officials have reported.
Michigan officials are tracking who is getting the vaccine and where it’s being shipped, so Bridge Michigan has incorporated that data into its coronavirus dashboard.
Among those getting the first wave are health care workers and staff and residents at Michigan’s nursing homes, where over a third of all COVID-19 11,500-plus deaths have occurred.
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The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the Moderna vaccine soon. That would bring the total number of vaccines in Michigan to about 340,000 by year’s end, enough to vaccinate about 3.4 percent of the population, according to the Washington Post.
Michigan’s 64-page vaccination plan prioritizes other vulnerable communities including the elderly, those from racial and ethnic minority groups and tribal communities, those in correctional facilities, the homeless, those attending colleges and universities, those in rural communities and others.
Here’s a look at where the vaccine is going:
And here is a look at who is getting it: