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MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is offering more COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week in Marquette for those 65 and older.

Clinics will take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northern Center on NMU’s campus.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department scheduled a total of 845 coronavirus vaccination appointments for residents 65 and older Wednesday.

That accounts for the total number available based on the department’s current allotment. Officials say while they experienced some technical difficulties getting the online appointment link to work, most of the 517 appointments available through the web were filled within 30 seconds of going live. The remaining

328 appointments were made by phone.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department is offering the first COVID-19 vaccination clinics for those 65 and older this week.

The clinics take place Thursday and Friday (January 13 and 14) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Baraga Gym at 300 West Spring Street in Marquette. Residents must make an appointment in advance to be given a vaccination. Those who show up without an appointment will not get a vaccine at that time.

LANSING, MI--   To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials today announced the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, Jan. 11.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The medical director for four Upper Peninsula health departments says the region is doing well keeping COVID-19 rates down.

Dr. Robert Lorinser says the U.P. peaked on November 9 and rates have been declining since then, but he’s concerned about surges after the holiday season.

“It usually takes anywhere from, say five days to three weeks to see if there’s a surge or not. So far, so good.”   

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Authorities have arrested a suburban Milwaukee pharmacist suspected of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine by removing it from refrigeration for two nights.

The Grafton Police Department said the former Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, adulterating a prescription drug and criminal damage to property. The department says he's in jail. Police did not identify the pharmacist, saying he hasn't been formally charged.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The COVID-19 vaccination process in the Upper Peninsula is expected to take place next week.

The Marquette County Health Department says initial doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be given to the highest priority groups: healthcare personnel, EMS personnel and skilled nursing facility staff and residents.

Pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens have been contracted to vaccinate long-term care facility residents and staff. Indian Health Services will get allotments to vaccinate tribal members, as will prisons and federally qualified health clinics.

COVID-19 vaccine rolls out in MI

Dec 14, 2020

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   The first round of coronavirus vaccine doses are expected to arrive at select health care facilities across the country Monday.  

WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter says immunizations should begin very quickly. 

Freight trucks began moving vials of the vaccine from a manufacturing site near Kalamazoo Sunday. 

An advisory panel recommended the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use last week, though some members were concerned about potential side effects in children and pregnant women.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department says it will follow CDC guidelines when COVID vaccines are available to the public.

Officials say initially there won’t be enough doses for all adults, so they’ll be administered in a phased approach based on ethical principles.

Under the plan, healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents would get the first doses, followed by essential workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions and adults 65-years and older.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged Tuesday that it’s becoming more difficult to get people to follow mask, distance, and gathering guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

That’s as her top health advisor warned that a new wave of infections is likely following Thanksgiving gatherings.