Washtenaw County uses census tract data to track COVID vaccine progress
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Health Department announced Thursday that “significant progress” has been made in vaccinating residents against COVID, according to census tract maps shared on its website.
As of May 4, more than 60% of Washtenaw County residents ages 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 47% of residents have received two doses.
The Department of Health continues to operate mass vaccination sites in Chelsea and Ypsilanti, community pop-up clinics and race nurse home visits. People who need an appointment can make one on the website or visit any clinic to receive a dose, while supplies last.
Areas are prioritized for outreach efforts and pop-up clinics based on lower vaccination rates.
“Using census tract data helps us ensure that we reach all areas of the county in our vaccine distribution,” Washtenaw County Health Officer Jimena Loveluck said in a statement. “We are continually working to remove barriers to vaccination and make COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible.”
Census tract maps will be updated weekly on the Department of Health website. vaccine data page. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Michigan are developing the maps and have given permission to the Department of Health to share them.
County-wide immunization data is taken from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry and detailed data is from the Department of Health’s electronic medical records.
With the increase in supply, it’s easier than ever to get the COVID vaccine. Anyone 16 years of age or older can receive the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine should soon be authorized for children aged 12 to 15.
Online self-scheduling on the Department of Health website makes it easy for individuals to choose a time and place that works best for them. Drop-in visits are welcome during clinic hours while supplies last and free transportation is available for those who need assistance getting to vaccination sites.
For more information and to make an appointment to get vaccinated, visit www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19.
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