Weekly Ottawa County COVID-19 Vaccine Update - March 29, 2021

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March 29, 2021 I Ottawa County COVID-19 Update

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) sent this weekly update to those who signed up for vaccine notifications or COVID-19 updates. You may also sign up to receive information about other news topics from Ottawa County Parks, Sheriff’s Office and more.

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The latest vaccine video update at Facebook and YouTube.
OCDPH officials provided an update on the county's vaccination strategies and progress:

  • Lisa Stefanovsky, health officer
  • Derel Glashower, senior epidemiologist
  • Jennifer Sorek, emergency preparedness coordinator
  • Toni Bulthuis, immunization supervisor
  • Adeline Hambley, environmental health manager

Click to watch the briefing.

Every Wednesday at noon we will provide the latest Ottawa County vaccine updates at Facebook.com/miOttawaHealth and YouTube.com/miOttawa

Wednesday, March 31 Discussion: Hear how numerous community members and agencies pulled together to help others get through the challenges of the pandemic and further Ottawa County's vaccination efforts. Get a Reminder

Who's Getting Vaccinated Now in Ottawa County?

The OCDPH has nearly completed going through its list and scheduling vaccine appointments for eligible registrants—healthcare workers, first responders, corrections staff, people 50 years of age and older, education staff (Pre-K through 12th grade) and childcare workers, caregivers of children with special needs and people 16* years of age and older with chronic health conditions. If you fall into one of these eligible categories and have not yet been vaccinated, please register here or call 2-1-1 to receive more information about an upcoming clinic.

The OCDPH is now opening up vaccination to all essential workers*. If you have not already, please register here to receive a notification when appointments become available.

*Anyone who is 16-17 years of age can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine type will be indicated when you receive appointment scheduling information.

I'm excited to get the COVID-19 vaccine but some of my friends and family members are not. What should I say or do?

How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family

  • Listen to their questions with empathy
  • Ask open-ended questions to explore their concerns
  • Ask permission to share information
  • Help them find their own reason to get vaccinated
  • Help make their vaccination happen



If I'm in quarantine or isolation, can I still get the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. If you are in quarantine or isolation you need to stay home and out of public spaces. You are considered to have been exposed and/or infected with the virus and need to stay away from other people to avoid spreading the virus further. Please stay home until your quarantine or isolation period has ended. Once you've met the criteria for discontinuing quarantine or isolation and you do not have any symptoms, please get vaccinated as soon as you can. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.


How can I tell if my symptoms are COVID-19 or allergies?

With Spring here and many people's seasonal allergies returning, many people are wondering what their symptoms could be. Below is a graphic of common symptoms. If in doubt, get tested for COVID-19! Find testing sites here.


If I've been fully vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask around others?

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • You do not need to stay away from others or get tested (unless you have symptoms) if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19. However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Even if vaccinated, please continue to take preventive steps when in public spaces to protect yourself and others:

  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
  • Avoid travel, both at home and abroad.
  • Watch out for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, get tested and stay home.


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Have you been vaccinated or will you when it's your turn? Why?

Hear stories from people in our community who've been vaccinated or plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it's available to them. To be featured in an Ottawa County bulletin, Facebook post or YouTube channel please send your quote, photo and/or video to kwieghmink@miottawa.org


Melissa Mayer - Fourth-grade teacher in Grand Haven & Dr. Kyle Mayer - Ottawa Area ISD Superintendent “For the past year, we have been saying we are all in this together. Now, vaccination is how we all get out of this together.”

More COVID-19 Vaccine Information Resources

Currently EligibleVaccinateWestMi.com FAQs I Deaf & Hard of Hearing FAQ Videos
CDC COVID-19 FAQs Flyer I CDC FAQ Website

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COVID-19 Vaccinations in Ottawa County

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OCDPH last received a total of 5,180 first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses. 

Total Ottawa County To-date:

  • Received: 77,195 first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed to Ottawa County health care systems and the health department as of March 25, 2021. 

  • Administered: 118,983 first and second doses have been administered to Ottawa County residents as of March 27, 2021.

  • Coverage: 33.5% of all Ottawa County residents have had at least their first vaccine dose, and 72% of Ottawa County residents who are 65 years of age and older have had at least their first vaccine dose. 

The number of doses administered is higher than the number of doses received because vaccinators have been able to consistently get at least six doses from the five dose Pfizer vials. Additionally, doses reported are based on where the person lives. If an Ottawa County resident receives their vaccine from a location outside of the county, it is still counted as Ottawa County.

More vaccine data from MDHHS here

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Please keep in mind, even with MDHHS opening up the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to more people, the OCDPH is still very limited on available appointments because of not receiving enough vaccine. Be assured, we are working as quickly as possible to get people vaccinated as soon as we receive vaccine supply.

Please check out other partner organizations also offering the COVID-19 vaccine at www.VaccinateWestMi.com/register. For locations statewide, please call the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.

Find the latest Ottawa County COVID-19 response updates at www.miOttawa.org/covid19

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Our Smart Restart Toolkit is packed with information about emergency funds, tax credits, safety guidelines and ways to help in our community. The Toolkit is updated regularly, and we recommend you check in if you have questions about resources to help your business and our community navigate through the pandemic.


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COVID-19 Vaccinations in Michigan

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  • MI Distributed: 4,374,905 first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses
  • Administered Statewide: 3,919,796 first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses
  • Coverage: 31% of all Michigan residents have had at least their first vaccine dose, and 65% of Michigan residents who are 65 years of age and older have had at least their first vaccine dose as of March 25, 2021. 

    More Vaccine Data from MDHHS here.


Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Updates

MI Safer Sports Testing Program is now accepting enrollment applications from non-school based sports to support compliance with the Interim Guidance for Athletics, as directed in the March 19 Gatherings and Face Mask Order.

Non-school sports organizations, that choose to receive antigen tests through MDHHS, can enroll with the NEW - MI Safer Sports Enrollment Form.

Frequently Asked Questions

AG Nessel Echoes FTC's Tips on Things to Watch for in COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

LANSING – As people across the country continue to seek vaccinations for COVID-19, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reinforcing several helpful tips offered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help residents watch for scams. 

“These are unprecedented times, and as health care professionals and authorities work through the best ways to provide COVID vaccines to people who need them, there may be some confusion or misinformation circulating about exactly what to expect,” Nessel said. “Scammers will try to capitalize on these circumstances and take advantage of people by using a variety of tactics. We must all remain watchful and aware of their tricks, and I encourage people to follow these simple tips to make sure they don’t fall victim to a scam.” 

While the Michigan Department of Attorney General has only received a handful of COVID-19 scam complaints, the office wants Michiganders to remain alert of attempts by bad actors to steal their money or personal information. 

In a public message earlier this week, the FTC listed several tips to help people watch for such scams: 

  • Don’t pay to sign up for the COVID vaccine. Anyone who asks for a payment to put you on a list, make an appointment for you, or reserve a spot in line is a scammer. 
  • You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine. That’s a scam. 
  • On Medicare? You don’t have to pay to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Only scammers will ask you to pay. 
  • Ignore sales ads for the vaccine. You can’t buy it – anywhere. It’s only available at federal- and state-approved locations. 
  • Nobody legit will call, text, or email about the vaccine to ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. That’s a scam. 

The Attorney General’s office also issued a consumer alert warning about COVID-19 vaccine scams to keep residents aware of the potential threats. 

Throughout National Consumer Protection Week and the entire month of March, consumers can follow along on the Department’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for daily consumer protection information.    

Your connection to consumer protection is just a click or phone call away. Consumer complaints can be filed online at the Attorney General’s website, or by calling 877-765-8388.   

MDHHS Resources

Vaccine Information I StrategyDistribution Guidance I MI Vaccine Locations I FAQs

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