MIDLAND – As the state moved forward with opening vaccinations to essential workers and patients age 65 and older, MidMichigan Health began contacting its eligible patients by phone to schedule their vaccination. With the vaccine high in demand and the supply limited, early clinics filled quickly.

“We are excited that by collaborating with the health departments, and in following CDC guidelines, we are ahead of schedule and able to move into the next group of vaccine recipients much earlier than first anticipated,” Paul Berg, M.D., president, MidMichigan Physicians Group. “With several teams working around the clock to ensure proper plans were in place, we were able to begin calling our eligible patients in an orderly fashion to schedule their vaccine. The clinics have been filling quickly. We are pleased there is such a strong interest.”

Berg continued, “We do not want the public to panic. More clinics will be added as we receive additional supply of the vaccine. We are committed to giving our patients and the public regular updates. To keep phone lines open for patient care, we kindly request that people refrain from calling the hospital or your doctor’s office to schedule vaccinations at this time. We appreciate your patience and assure you that no one will be forgotten.”

Some county health departments have also announced a process for people in Phase 1B to sign up for vaccinations. The general public is encouraged to check their county health department’s website for more information.

“We advise that everyone take time to learn more about the vaccine and how it will help us to fight COVID-19,” said Dr. Berg. “The CDC’s website offers several education tools for you to learn more about the vaccine, its benefits and more. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following all CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. I recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to you.”

Those interested in the latest information on the vaccination distribution may visit www.midmichigan.org/covidvaccine. Those interested in a current list of COVID-19 testing site locations may visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirustest.

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