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Michigan health department infographic gives preliminary COVID-19 vaccination timeline – Detroit Free Press

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Jan 16, 2021
Oakland County Health Division Public Health Nurse Fran McClish draws up a dosage of the  Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be administered during a drive up vaccination by appointment at Waterford Township Regional Fire Department on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Want to see when you may be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine this year?

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services published an infographic this week showing a preliminary COVID-19 vaccination timeline.

The timeline is based on the Jan. 6 announcement to expand vaccinations to include people age 65 and older, teachers, police officers and other priority groups.

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The dates, categorized by months, are estimated and are expected to change based on vaccine supply, according to the state.

The infographic was developed to make it easier for Michiganders to understand the priority groups and timelines for vaccinations associated with those groups, said Lynn Sutfin, a health department spokesperson.

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The infographic begins in December with health care workers and long-term care residents and staff being eligible for vaccinations and stretches to August and September, where anyone age 16 and older is listed.

Jeffrey Sure, 60, a RN from Farmington, Michigan gives the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to Thelma Rudolph, 87 of Detroit.
The underground parking lot at the TCF Center in Detroit started giving the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine to people 75 and older on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 
Up to 400 vaccines were being distributed in a quick and efficient drive up system. As the days go on more vaccines will be given out.

Other essential front-line workers and those age 16 to 64 with a health condition that puts them at high risk for serious COVID-19 complications may be able to get a vaccine starting in May, according to the infographic.

Hospitals, health systems and local health departments have been receiving weekly shipments of vaccine, but it’s not enough supply to meet the high demand. CVS and Walgreens pharmacies are providing vaccines to residents and staff in long-term care facilities through a federal pharmacy program.

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This week, the city of Detroit opened up its first mass vaccination clinic in the TCF Center garage, by appointment only and initially focusing on the city’s older population (age 70 and older) and a few other essential groups.

On Monday, those in the expanded groups eligible for vaccination, including those age 65 and older and pre-K through high school staff, were getting inoculated at drive-thruclinics in Oakland County, again by appointment only.

Staff writer Kristen Jordan Shamus contributed to this report.

Contact Christina Hall: chall@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter: @challreporter.

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