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Ingham County to offer COVID-19 vaccination to younger seniors

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 16:48:51-05

LANSING, MI — The Ingham County Health Department will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people ages 65 and 69.

Those who want to be vaccinated will need to sign up on the health department's website.

Vaccine demand continues to exceed supply, so people should expect there to be a wait.

The department estimates that there are 83,000 people in the county who are eligible for the vaccine, but says it will probably only be able to vaccinate about 2,000 new people each week.

So far, the department has vaccinated 5,400 healthcare workers; 1,800 first responders, teachers and childcare workers and 2,200 people ages 70 and up.

“This is good news for younger seniors and aligns ICHD with other health departments and providers across the state,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail, in a statement released Wednesday. “That said, it will take months to vaccinate all of the seniors who want to be vaccinated in Ingham County."

Vail encouraged those eligible for the vaccine to register with multiple potential providers, among them the count health department and Sparrow.

"We only ask that people cancel any duplicate appointments,” she said.

Starting Friday evening, people ages 65 to 69 years old and others may receive a scheduling link via email for appointments on or after Feb. 9 if they have registered with the health department.

About 17,500 people age 65 and older have already registered and most will continue to wait for an invitation to make an appointment due to lack of vaccines in the community, the department said.

If you would like to get vaccinated through Ingham County, you must complete a registration form online. The ICHD COVID-19 vaccine hotline number is
(517) 887-4623.

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