COVID-19

Bronson opens up vaccine clinics for 65 and older

Bronson Healthcare's four southwest Michigan hospitals are opening up access to the COVID vaccine for people over age 64.

Appointment slots filled quickly at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo after it opened up access to the COVID-19 vaccine to people age 65 and older. The hospital promises to make more appointments available as soon as they have more vaccines to give out.

On Monday, the state expanded access to the vaccine to people in Phase 1B of its vaccination priority schedule. That group includes frontline essential workers, such as teachers and police officers, as well as people 65 and older.

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Kalamazoo County’s Department of Health and Community Services announced it didn’t have enough vaccines to extend access to this new group of patients, but is accepting signups for a waiting list.

Bronson is only extending access to the 65-and-older population, not to others included in Phase 1B. People interested in future vaccination clinics must have a Bronson MyChart account in order to sign up.

As of Wednesday, 12,501 doses of vaccine had been administered in Kalamazoo County. That’s less than half the 28,425 doses that have been delivered to facilities in the county.

You can read more on MLive.

You can check for when new vaccination appointments are available on Bronson’s website.

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