May 11, 2021 | Albion, MI | Calhoun County Public Health Department – In partnership with Bronson Battle Creek, Grace Health, and Oaklawn Hospital, the Calhoun County Public Health Department will begin offering more COVID-19 vaccine doses to residents. By combining efforts with staffing and supply, all organizations involved will see a huge benefit toward our vaccination efforts in Calhoun County.
“Working together on vaccination clinics will allow for us to vaccinate more residents, create more suitable hours, and hold more mass and micro clinics for the community. We have a goal to reach 70% of the population by years end and together I feel that we will accomplish it,” says Calhoun County Health Officer Eric Pessell.
Since the pandemic began, the Calhoun County Public Health Department and Joint Operations Center have partnered with local hospitals on various initiatives, including asking residents to stay safe during the holidays when hospital numbers were high and sharing a community-wide Public Service Announcement about vaccination (calhouncountymi.gov/covid).
Equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine remains the focus of the joint vaccination strategy in Calhoun County. As they have since the COVID-19 vaccine became available, these organizations collaborate weekly to ensure vaccinations are provided in numerous ways to residents:
- The Calhoun County Public Health Department is offering COVID-19 Walk-in Vaccine Clinics to Calhoun County residents age 16 years and older. Individuals who are 16 or 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive the vaccine. Walk-in clinic information, as well as online pre-registration, is available at calhouncountymi.gov/covidvaccine
- Bronson Healthcare has an open scheduling system, where people can select an appointment date, time and location through online scheduling or through Bronson MyChart. New clinics are added based on community need. Those unable to schedule online can call Bronson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 269-220-3970. For details visit, bronsonhealth.com/covid19vaccine
- Oaklawn Hospital is currently administering the Moderna Vaccine. Vaccine appointments are for anyone 18 years and older. Individuals can schedule COVID-19 vaccine by calling Oaklawn’s COVID hotline at 269-789-7614, or schedule online at oaklawnhospital.org/schedule-your-covid-19-vaccination
- Grace Health is working hard to keep patients, staff, and the community safe from COVID-19. Individuals ages 18 and older who are interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine can call Grace Health at 484-212-5936 to schedule an appointment
- Many local pharmacies also have opportunities to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. For a list of providers, visit www.vaccinefinder.org
As of May 10, 85,535 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to Calhoun County residents through healthcare partners such as hospitals, federally qualified health centers, pharmacies, and local public health departments. This represents about 44% of residents over the age of 16 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to date and 36% have completed the vaccination series. Although our COVID-19 cases are starting to decline in Calhoun County, health officials continue to strongly urge residents to adhere to public health recommendations: wear a face mask, socially distance, avoid gatherings and wash your hands frequently.