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Ingham health officials: Those eligible for COVID vaccine should register with multiple providers

Posted at 9:00 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 21:04:52-05

INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. — The Ingham County Health Department is encouraging those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to register for an appointment with multiple providers.

In addition to the health department, Sparrow Health System and McLaren Lansing are vaccinating Ingham County residents. Rite Aid and Meijer are likely to be offering vaccinations in the area soon.

Health department officials also are urging people who are scheduled for multiple appointments to cancel ones that are not needed and to be aware that both doses must be distributed from the same provider.

About 70,000 people are registered to get vaccinated through the Ingham County Health Department, among them about 18,000 seniors, but only 2,000 to 3,000 of those people can actually get vaccinated on a weekly basis, due to supply.

“Unless supply drastically increases, the reality is that it will likely be April or May before everyone who is registered and eligible as of today is vaccinated,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. “Unfortunately, current vaccine supply falls far short of demand. I am sympathetic to everyone who is waiting and know it can be frustrating. I continue to advocate for more vaccine for our community and hope we will start to see increases in supply soon. If supply increases, we will update our estimates for when different groups will be vaccinated.”

Since vaccinations became available, Ingham County Health Department says they’ve distributed around 26,467 doses, and out of those 17,1748 were Ingham County seniors.

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