DHD#10 expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. Links to waiting lists below.
March 4, 2021 – Effective immediately, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is now opening up eligibility for all frontline essential workers, all adults aged 50 and older, and caregivers of individuals with special needs to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. DHD#10 will continue to prioritize seniors 65+ who are on our waiting list first.
“While we still have many seniors 65 and older on waiting lists in some of our larger counties, we saw a need to expand eligibility for the vaccine so that our clinics are full and all vaccine supplies are utilized,” said Kevin Hughes, DHD#10 Health Officer. “We will continue to prioritize our seniors who are still waiting, but it is important that they accept our phone calls so that we can get them scheduled.”
The expansion is happening in conjunction with the following members of the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance: Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, District Health Department No. 2, District Health Department No. 4, District Health Department #10, Grand Traverse County Health Department, and Health Department of Northwest Michigan. This decision was made among our Health Officers to meet our unique community needs and differs from the guidance set by the State of Michigan. Local health departments are responsible for oversight and implementation of the vaccine strategy within their jurisdictions. They play a crucial convening and coordination role in both the distribution and administration of vaccine.