MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Department of Health will be hosting community clinics offering the Moderna vaccine in ballrooms at Northern Michigan University’s Northern Center on Saturday and November 3.
Appointments can be made by following the scheduling link on mqthealth.org. For more information or for assistance with planning, call 906-475-9977 and follow the instructions. People are kindly requested to bring their vaccination cards and photo ID to their appointments.
The MCHD said that on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend a single booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations for people who have received Moderna vaccines or Johnson & Johnson / Janssen as their COVID-19 series primary.
Boosters are recommended six months after the end of the Moderna series and two months after the single-dose J & J-Janssen series, the Department of Health said, for these groups:
â¤ people aged 65 and over;
â¤ people aged 50 to 64 with underlying health problems;
â¤ people aged 18 to 49 with underlying health problems based on individual benefits and risks; and
â¤ people aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 due to their professional or institutional environment based on their individual benefits and risks.
The MCHD said that unlike last winter, the vaccine is widely available in the community, with alternate locations that may also provide boosters. This includes area pharmacies and vendor offices that have signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine vendor program.
The MCHD Clinic in Negaunee Township has ongoing clinics. Call 906-475-7844 to make an appointment.
Vaccines are also available at Walgreen, Walmart, Meijer, Snyders, Campus Pharmacy, CVS-Target, and Upper Great Lakes Family Health Centers.
MCHD will offer free, in-home appointments for the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to residents of Marquette County confined to their homes. The J & J-Janssen vaccine is a single injection and is recommended for people 18 years of age and older.
Depending on demand, MCHD will offer weekly appointments. Anyone interested in making an appointment should call 906-458-0651.
For more information, visit mqthealth.org.
Vaccines to be shipped
Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday issued an executive directive to state departments and agencies to expedite the ordering and distribution of pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines to protect Michiganders aged 5 to 11.
The directive is also to ensure that students can continue their learning in person in a safe environment this year.
âThe Michigan-made Pfizer vaccine is safe, effective, free, and should be approved for Michiganders ages 5 to 11. “ Whitmer said in a statement. âThis is a game changer for our kids that will protect them as they continue to learn in person in the classroom this school year, participate in extracurricular activities or see their friends and family over the holiday season.
âMy directive today guarantees an equitable and accelerated distribution of vaccines. Parents should register to protect their children.
According to the governor’s office, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee met on Tuesday to discuss the emergency use authorization of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine for children. The VRBPAC was then to make its recommendation to the Center for Disease Control’s advisory committee on immunization practices, which is due to meet next Tuesday and Wednesday to review the data and recommendations.
ACIP is expected to issue a recommendation, which will go to CDC for final approval of the emergency use authorization.
Based on data provided by Pfizer, the vaccine was found to be nearly 91% effective in trials to prevent symptomatic illnesses of COVID-19 in the age group, the governor’s office said.