Vaccination rate exceeds 70%. Clinics focus on Back to School
Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County reached a significant milestone last week when the state reported that 70% of county residents had received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
But Oakland County Executive David Coulter noted with nearly 30% of the county’s residents still unvaccinated, it’s not time yet to plan a parade.
Instead, the county’s Health Division will concentrate on a Back-to-School push in an effort to get as many residents vaccinated as possible, especially in the 12-24 age group.
“We’re among the first counties in the state and the first in Metro Detroit to reach this goal and I’m so happy that so many county residents took the initiative to keep themselves, their families, friends and neighbors safe from this insidious virus,” Coulter said. “But while reaching this vaccination goal is an important moment to acknowledge, we’re not done fighting this pandemic. The Delta variant of the virus are still present in the state and Oakland County and these new mutations of COVID are highly contagious.”
“It’s especially important for our teens and young adults, who are preparing to go back to school soon, to get their shots NOW, so in-person learning can fully resume and we can all get back to a sense of normalcy,” he added.
Clinics through the end of August and into September will be held throughout Oakland County, including:
- Best Western Premier Hotel in Southfield on July 28, Aug. 19, Aug. 31, Sept. 16, and Sept. 29
- New Birth International Church/Church in the Park in Pontiac on July 30
- Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield on July 31
- Emergency Management Day in Pontiac on Aug. 11
- Carnival Market in Pontiac on Aug. 11
- Oak Park Schools Aug. 16 and Aug. 18
- Berkley CruiseFest in Berkley on Aug. 20
- Believers Community Outreach Back to School Event in Pontiac Aug. 28
- Carnival Market in Pontiac on Aug. 31
- Berkley Art Bash in Berkley on Sept. 11
In addition, the Health Division will be administering doses on the campuses of Lawrence Tech and Oakland universities, Walsh College, Oakland Community College, Baker College and Rochester University.
All these locations will take walk-up appointments. For more information on these community and event-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics, go to OaklandCountyVaccine.com. Those who do not have access to the Internet may call the Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for more information.
Use the State of Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine finder to locate a convenient provider.
The following is an update on progress vaccinating Oakland County residents, according to the State of Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard as of July 27, 2021:
- Total eligible residents 16 and older: 1,029,737
- Number of residents 16 and older necessary to reach 70 percent coverage: 720,816
- Number of residents 16 and older who have received first dose: 722,406
- Number of residents 16 and older who have completed vaccination: 664,291
- Vaccine coverage for residents 16 and older: 70.2 percent
- Total eligible residents 12 and older: 1,091,389
- Number of residents 12 and older who have received first dose: 750,298
- Number of residents 12 years and older who have completed vaccination: 696,970
- Vaccine coverage for residents 12 and older: 68.7 percent
- Total eligible senior residents 65 and older: 217,676
- Number of senior residents who have received first dose: 184,728
- Number of senior residents who have completed vaccination: 184,648
- Vaccine coverage for senior residents: 84.8 percent
- Total doses distributed within Oakland County: 1,375,505
- Total doses administered within Oakland County: 1,397,855
- Percentage of doses administered within Oakland County: N/A