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(January 26, 2021 5:30 PM) This afternoon, Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) provided an update regarding the health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current state of vaccinations.

HFHS is continuing to provide vaccinations to eligible groups.  With limited vaccine supply at this time, HFHS continues to prioritize vaccinations for healthcare workers, existing Henry Ford patients, essential workers and others who meet the broader eligibility requirements by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

All data in this update refers to the entire Henry Ford Health System, not specifically Henry Ford Allegiance Health (HFAH).  HFAH is included in the data.

Since the start of vaccinations on December 17, HFHS has administered 55,900+ doses of vaccine. This includes first and second doses given to Henry Ford team members, Henry Ford patients 65 and older who have certain high-risk conditions, community-based healthcare workers not employed by a health system (independent doctors, home care specialists and others in the 1A criteria) and essential workers.

Henry Ford Health System reports 76% of their workforce have received their first and second doses.

This week, the first shipment of 2,700 doses of Moderna vaccine is scheduled to arrive.   These Moderna doses are being designated for their high-risk dialysis patients as well as some home health patients.

This week, HFHS received 14,625 doses of Pfizer vaccine, of which 11,700 doses, or 80%, are for second doses and 2,925 are for first doses.

The quantities to be received by Henry Ford Allegiance Health were not provided.

Henry Ford Health System announced a slight change to their vaccination process.  Henry Ford is contacting existing Henry Ford patients to alert them that they will receive a special message when their time comes to be vaccinated.  Patients will receive instructions as to how to make an appointment. Henry Ford is making the contacts by text, email or phone call based on the contact information they have provided.  Patients no longer need to check MyChart for making an appointment.

Existing Henry Ford patients who do not have a MyChart account are still encouraged to do so at www.henryford.com/visitors/mychart. This will streamline the notification and scheduling process for them.

All vaccinations are by appointment only. The vaccine is NOT available through physician offices, emergency departments or by calling the HFHS call center.

As vaccine supplies increase, HFHS says they will be able to offer more appointments and expand the number of vaccination sites throughout their service area, including at Henry Ford Allegiance Health.

The health system reports that to date, no doses of vaccine have gone to waste, and every dose they receive is being used to vaccinate eligible individuals.

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