As early doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Michigan, first vaccinations are being given to frontline health care workers and medical first responders.
However, many are anxious to know when it will be their turn to receive the vaccine, especially people over 65 that have been hard hit by the pandemic. Not surprisingly, many wanted to get this vaccine Tuesday.
Next in line, according to state plans: staff and the mostly elderly residents of long-term facilities that account for more than a third of the state’s overall coronavirus death total, which has surpassed 11,000.
State guidelines in Michigan suggest that next in priority should be others in the health care field who also face risks, including dentists, pharmacists and outpatient, urgent care and home health care workers.
After that, it’s the turn for other essential workers like teachers and other staffers at schools and day-care centers, workers in food supply, utilities, transportation, at homeless shelters, jails and funeral homes.
Michigan is on track to get an estimated 84,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, approved on Dec. 11 for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.