COVID-19

Kalamazoo hospital halfway through vaccinating health workers

Vaccinations against COVID are moving along in Kalamazoo County, but there's still a ways to go before everyone is safe.

Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo is moving swiftly to vaccinate all of its frontline health care workers against the coronavirus.

The hospital reports that it has vaccinated more than 4,000 people, equaling about half its health care workers, according to WWMT.

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As of Wednesday, Kalamazoo County had inoculated just over 4,000 people, according to the state’s vaccine dashboard. That suggests that the majority of the vaccination activity in the county is happening at Bronson.

“It’s very important to hospitals to get staff protected as fast as we can,” said Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Dr. Richard Van Enk.

Other facilities performing COVID-19 vaccinations in Kalamazoo include Ascension Borgess Hospital and the Kalamazoo County Department of Health and Human Services. The process is made more difficult because facilities don’t have much advance notice of when they will receive more doses. So far, county facilities have received 13,000 doses of vaccine.

Medical workers are among the groups targeted in the first round of vaccinations. The state is also targeting nursing home staff and residents.

Recipients have to have two doses of the vaccine to be fully protected from the coronavirus. Bronson expects to begin administering those second doses during the second week of January.

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