Michigan to enter Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Michigan entered the next phase of the state’s vaccine rollout on Monday. Phase 1B will include all Michiganders over 65 years old, police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers, prison staff, teachers and childcare providers.

Michiganders who are members of those groups can schedule an appointment at vaccine clinics across the state. Frontline workers and teachers will have their vaccine appointments scheduled by their employers.

 

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Prisoners over the age of 65 will be eligible for the vaccine, but younger prisoners will have to wait for the later phases. 

While the next stage of the vaccine rollout begins on Monday, some parts of the state will not yet be able to inoculate members of Phase 1B. Health officials in Kalamazoo County, Calhoun County and other western Michigan counties have announced that they will not be able to start the next phase due to a lack of available supplies. Residents of those counties over the age of 65 can sign up to schedule a vaccine appointment in the future now, though. Over 660,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Michigan, about a quarter of the state’s allocation of the vaccine thus far. More than 560,000 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 with over 14,000 COVID deaths being reported in the state.