Kalamazoo County opens up vaccine clinics for people 65 and older

The county is working with local hospitals to get the COVID vaccine out to more people.

Beginning Tuesday, people age 65 and older will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the Kalamazoo Department of Health and Community Services (KDHCS).

County health officials said they would be opening up half the vaccines they receive to be used by people 65 and older. Another 25% would go to K-12 teachers and staff and childcare workers, while the last quarter of vaccines would continue to be used to inoculated frontline medical workers.

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As of Friday, the state’s vaccination dashboard showed that 28,425 doses had been delivered to facilities in Kalamazoo County, including the KDHCS. Of those, nearly half had been given out.

The county will begin by making appointments for people age 65 and older who have already registered via their pre-registration form. Officials say 15,500 people have signed up since the form was published last week. Those who are interested in being vaccinated can still sign up.

Bronson Healthcare and Ascension Medical Group are also administering vaccines to people 65 and older. Patients of those medical groups will be contacted by their physician if they are eligible for the vaccine.

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