(Chelsea Update would like to thank Susan Ringler Cerniglia for the information in this story.)
Washtenaw County Health Department is sharing census tract maps detailing who has received COVID-19 vaccinations in Washtenaw County. The data shows that Washtenaw County is making significant progress in vaccinating residents throughout the county.
As of May 4, just over 60% of county residents 16 years old or older have received at least one vaccine dose and 47% have completed a full vaccine series.
COVID-19 vaccines make it safer to start doing some things we stopped doing because of the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have confirmed vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in many situations and do not need to quarantine or get tested after possible exposure, as long as they do not have symptoms.
The Health Department continues providing vaccination opportunities through community pop-ups throughout the county as well as mass vaccination sites in Ypsilanti and Chelsea and Nurse on the Run home visits. Appointments can be scheduled here and walk-ups are welcome as supplies allow. Areas with lower vaccination rates are prioritized for vaccine pop-up clinics and outreach efforts. In most census tracts, at least 50% of residents 16+ have already received one dose of vaccine.
“Using census tract data helps us ensure we’re reaching all areas of the county in our vaccine distribution,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, Washtenaw County health officer in a press release. “We’re continually working to remove barriers to vaccination and make COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible.”
The census tract information can be found on the Health Department vaccine data page, and the maps will be updated weekly. Census tract maps are developed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Michigan and are shared with their permission. Countywide vaccination data is pulled from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), and detailed Health Department data is from our electronic medical records.
COVID-19 vaccine opportunities
It is easier than ever to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone 16 years old or older is eligible and can be vaccinated through the Health Department or other local vaccine providers, such as pharmacies and health care providers.
Additionally, the Pfizer vaccine is expected to be authorized for those 12-15 years old soon. The Health Department will open appointments at Pfizer clinics when this happens.
Online self-scheduling is open for multiple sites. Appointments are preferred but walk-ups are welcome during clinic hours as supplies allow. Anyone needing assistance with scheduling or locating a vaccine site can call the Health Department at 734-544-6700. Free transportation is available to help people get to vaccination sites.
Ongoing Health Department mass vaccination sites:
Ypsilanti @ EMU Convocation Center (799 N. Hewitt Road)
For anyone 16+ (Pfizer vaccine)
Schedule at http://bit.ly/WCHDYpsiVax
Chelsea @ Pierce Lake Elementary (275 N. Freer)
For anyone 18+ (Moderna vaccine; one-dose Johnson & Johnson available on request and while supplies last)
Schedule at http://bit.ly/WCHDChelseaVax
As more people get vaccinated, distribution efforts will move towards more frequent pop-up clinics in accessible, community settings. Updated pop-up clinic information is always available online. The one-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine will be available by request at all of these upcoming pop-ups.
Upcoming Health Department pop-up vaccine sites:
Tues, 5/11 from 3-6 pm @ Pierce Lake Elementary (275 N. Freer in Chelsea)
For anyone 16+ (Pfizer vaccine; one-dose Johnson & Johnson available for those 18+ on request and while supplies last)
Schedule at http://bit.ly/plvax
Multiple local providers including pharmacies also have COVID-19 vaccine appointments readily available. The Health Department regularly updates a list of local vaccine sites online.
Anyone under 18 years old will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian when getting vaccinated. Please remember to eat about an hour before your appointment and stay hydrated with water or non-caffeinated beverages.
Vaccination Data: Who is being vaccinated in Washtenaw County?
Washtenaw County Health Department
The Washtenaw County Health Department promotes health and works to prevent disease and injury in our community, including responding to health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission is to assure, in partnership with the community, the conditions necessary for people to live healthy lives through prevention and protection programs. Visit us at washtenaw.org/health or call 734-544-6700.