Nearly 300,000 Covid shots given in Michigan during first month -- 36% of state supply

January 12, 2021, 9:00 PM by  Alan Stamm

(Graphic: Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services)

In week five of the campaign to protect every adult who wants Covid vaccines, 296,588 Michigan residents have received at least one of the two-stage shots. Millions more await appointments and availability of the precious vials.

Though demand still vastly exceeds supplies, advances are visible in a data update late Tuesday afternoon. 

Monday's 25,478 vaccinations statewide were the second-largest number since vaccines began arriving Dec. 14. The busiest day so far was last Friday, with 34,319 shots.

Hundreds of thousands of doses are in Michigan's distribution network as eligibility expands this week to those over 65 and essential workers. The state health department has received or awaits delivery of 831,150 doses, according to its Covid-19 Vaccine Dashboard. It allocated 245,100 of those to nursing homes and other longterm care facilities. 

Covid vaccine vials at Beaumont Health

After shots given Monday, nearly 290,000 doses remained in the state for use by local health agencies, hospitals, pharmacies, tribal clinics, home health providers and physicians' offices. Only 36% of vaccines sent to Michigan so far were administered though Monday, the database shows.

More are coming, particularly now that the national Operation Warp Speed will stop stockpiling supplies from Pfizer and Moderna as a reserve for required second doses. Michigan began administering "booster shots" Jan. 1.

"Because we now have a consistent pace of production, we can now ship all of the doses that had been held in physical reserve," federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday in Washington. Starting in two weeks, vaccines will be distributed based on each state's population of residents over 65 and by the pace of vaccine administration. "We need doses going to where they'll be administered quickly and where they'll protect the most vulnerable," Azar told reporters.

In Michigan, the tricounty Detroit region has received 188,250 doses and vaccinated 95,712 people.

Oakland has received more doses -- 81,725 -- than any other Michigan County. More than 41,800 of its residents have received Covid shots (43.7% of those given in Metro Detroit).

The latest state figures show only 4,561 Detroiters got shots in the arm through Monday, a number that will rise dramatically as drive-through lanes open Wednesday morning at TCF Center.

The city health department plans to give 20,000 shots by appointment over the next four weeks to age-qualified seniors and city bus drivers, police officers and other municipal workers -- starting with 400 Wednesday, 600 the next day, 800 Friday and at least 1,000 daily the week of Jan. 18, if supplies allow. Call (313) 230-0505 for an appointment.

For Detroiters under 75 and not in an essential city job, free vaccines eventually will be available at pharmacies and other sites.

Here's how many doses have been allocated to local health departments and administered through Monday, according to the state:

Detroit: 47,925 doses distributed | 4,561 shots given

Wayne County (excluding city): 24,075 doses 28,311 shots

Oakland: 81,725 doses 41,809 shots

Macomb: 34,525 doses 21,031 shots

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