The COVID Vaccine – Michigan Hopeful
Beaumont Health, one of our states largest health care systems, has already started distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this week, a Dr. Rajiv John, from Beaumont Health was the first to get the vaccine saying that he and his co-workers are feeling very hopeful now that the vaccine is here.
The vaccine arrives as Michigan sees its COVID numbers on the rise. As of December 16th Michigan reported 482,815 cases of COVID-19 and 11,588 deaths. Memorial Health Care in Owosso is one of 5 hospitals through out the state that will receive the Pfizer vaccine. Sparrow Hospital is set to receive the vaccine today.
Memorial Health Care has already started inoculating their frontline workforce against COVID-19 and Sparrow Health System plans to give their front line workers the vaccine by the end of the week. According to Sparrow, they are preparing to administer the vaccine to high priority employees, there are approximately 8 thousand of them, so the number of vaccines the hospital received is not enough is not enough to go around.
A large number of health care workers around our state have said that they plan to get the vaccine as soon as it is available to them.
The CDC issued an urgent message saying that more people will get sick and die from COVID-19 before the vaccine is available to them, unless we #StopTheSpread. Protect yourself and others , stay home if you can, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, avoid crowds and wash your hands.
Top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he won't be seeing his three daughters for Christmas, for the first time since they were born. "I'm going to be with my wife - period". The Dr. added "the Christmas holiday is a special holiday for us because Christmas Eve is my birthday. and Christmas Day is Christmas day, and they are not going to come home".
Be safe, be smart and stop the spread