The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Protect Michigan Commission announced details for a new program to help enhance the state's vaccine equity strategy, officials said in a news release Tuesday. Michigan providers federally enrolled to administer doses of the COVID vaccine can apply for the program by Monday and, if accepted into the community outreach pilot, can request up to 2, additional doses of coronavirus vaccine to help remove barriers for those ages 60 and up who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus, officials said. Don't miss important updates from health and government officials on the impact of the coronavirus in Michigan. Sign up for Patch's daily newsletters and email alerts. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health in Michigan. This is what equity means.
Older Adults Without Family or Friends Lag in Race to Get Vaccines
Vaccines for adults: Which do you need? - Mayo Clinic
Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You are also at risk for different diseases as an adult. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. Learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for you and talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you. Adults need vaccines to help stay healthy — just like kids do.
Vaccination for adults
Seniors with family members or friends to help them are getting vaccine appointments, even if it takes days to secure them. Those without reliable social supports are missing out. Elders who can drive — or who can get other people to drive them — are traveling to locations where vaccines are available, crossing city or county borders to do so. Those without private transportation, are stuck with whatever is available nearby.
With the possibility of a COVID vaccine growing closer, increasing attention is focused on how it may be distributed, a responsibility that will largely fall to state, territorial, and local governments. States remain in varying stages of preparation, although all have submitted initial vaccine distribution plans to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. Recent KFF analysis of these plans identified common themes and concerns across several key areas. However, one overarching issue to consider is how to provide equitable access to a vaccine, particularly for people of color, who are bearing the disproportionate burden of the virus and have faced longstanding disparities in health. National recommendations regarding vaccine distribution have emphasized the importance of ensuring equitable access, particularly for disproportionately affected groups, including people of color.