Hospitals and health departments feel trapped when the state extends the vaccine’s reach
Henry Ford Health System COO Bob Riney on Monday urged patients to “get vaccinated wherever you can get an appointment” while the state mixes distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to reach Michigander who live in medically underserved areas that may not have access to preventive healthcare.
That means 41 state-qualified health centers in Michigan will be able to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics to people 65 and older starting this week. However, details of registering a vaccine through one of these health centers have not been made public.
With vaccine supplies still so limited, it also means hospital systems like Henry Ford, Michigan Medicine, and Beaumont Health aren’t getting as many doses as they need to quickly immunize their patients.