Michigan DHHS shifts vaccines to community-based providers, sharply reducing the number of going to hospitals. Michigan Medicine spokesperson Kelly Malcom told the Detroit News that the system can deliver 12,000 doses per week, but is only getting 4,000. It has suspended first-dose vaccinations and is telling patients and staff to seek the vaccine elsewhere.
The U-M health system’s decision to vaccinate all its workers is stirring anger on social media. Michigan Medicine spokesperson Mary Masson cites a letter from the state directing hospitals to vaccinate workers who come in contact with patients or infectious materials, as well “staff who you deem essential to the functioning of your healthcare system.” “Vaccination of our patients is a priority, and we hope to receive increased allocation from the state in order to once again begin first dose vaccinations,” emails Masson.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is partnering with the Washtenaw County Health Dept. to staff a newly expanded vaccination clinic at the EMU Convocation Center. WCHD spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia emails that the extra staff will allow the clinic to vaccinate more people once supply increases.
Spokesperson Laura Blodget emails that St. Joe’s also “is providing vaccine to IHA, its employed physician group, which also has the ability to efficiently vaccinate large numbers of patients.” To assure equitable vaccine distribution, it will be “standing up a process in early March that reaches out to community members in areas hard hit by COVID who also experience barriers such as internet connection and transportation to ensure they are able to access an appointment.”