CMDHD COVID 19 UPDATE – 05.14.21
CMDHD COVID Vaccine Update for Teens/Adolescents 12-15 Years of Age
On Thursday, May 13, members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to allow the Pfizer-BioNTech for vaccination of adolescents/teens 12-15 years of age under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. This is great news, and we are excited to take this step in vaccinating our community!
Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to their pediatrician/family doctor with questions, as well a research credible sources like the CDC’s page here.
CMDHD is accepting appointments for adolescents/teens 12-15 years of age in select clinics in our counties (clinics must have Pfizer). Click here to schedule an appointment. A couple of notes about scheduling appointments for adolescents and teens through our health department:
- Make sure to select the proper age group when scheduling an appointment to ensure that the clinic has Pfizer.
- Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for those 12-17 years of age at this time.
- A parent/guardian must accompany those 12-17 years of age to a clinic to be vaccinated. For CMDHD, if a parent cannot be there, someone older than 18 must still accompany the child/teen and the proper paperwork must be filled out (see information in the scheduler).
CMDHD Ends Local Emergency Order Limiting Public Gatherings
On May 14, 2021, Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) rescinded its local Emergency Order that limited public gatherings in Isabella County in the City of Mt. Pleasant and Union Township. This local order limited outdoor gatherings and events to 25 or fewer people and applied to residential and non-residential venues.
Please reference the State of Michigan’s page here for current information about capacity limits, guidance, and frequently asked questions.
Gov. Whitmer Announces 55% of Michiganders Vaccinated
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday, May 10, 2021, that 55% of Michiganders have received their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement marks the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, which would enable in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. Governor Whitmer released a video on social media congratulating Michiganders for achieving this important step and encouraged others to get vaccinated to help us get back to normal.
To date, Michigan has administered 4,455,395 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. To date, 55% of Michiganders have received their initial dose of the vaccine.
“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of the virus. By getting shots in their arms as soon as possible, Michiganders can help end this pandemic as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We urge all eligible Michigan residents to make an appointment or locate a walk-in vaccine clinic to get their vaccine as soon as they are able by visiting Vaccinefinder.”
The Vacc to Normal plan will use four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy:
- 55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks
- Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.
- 60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks
- Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.
- Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%.
- Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.
- Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.
- 65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks
- Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.
- Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.
- 70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks
- Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.
To learn more about the ‘MI Vacc to Normal Plan’ and vaccine rollout, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.
Excerpts taken from the Gov. Whitmer Announces 55% of Michiganders Vaccinated, First Milestone of MI Vacc to Normal Plan Achieved press release (May 10, 2021)
Updates & Reminders
If you or someone you know needs meals, clothing, shelter, or other essential items connect with 211, your local non-emergency public service number. Call, text, or chat live with agents who are standing by 24/7 to direct you and your family members to local resources.
Click here for information on confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in our jurisdiction. This information is updated weekly and includes age, sex, hospitalization, and cases by zip code. Details on our services as they gradually reopen to the public can be found by visiting our Special Hours | CMDHD webpage.
For more information on these topics and others please visit our Facebook Page Central Michigan District Health Department – Home or our website at www.cmdhd.org.
Thank you for your interest in local public health and have a healthy day!
Your Local Health Department
Central Michigan District Health Department Main Office
2012 East Preston Avenue
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-773-5921, Option 6
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