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(October 29, 2021 9:45 AM)  The Jackson County Health Department has released its weekly update:

BOOSTER DOSES:  Booster doses have been approved for the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines.  Recommendations regarding the time since the primary series, and who should receive a booster vary between the vaccines.  Individuals can choose to receive the same vaccine that they did for the initial series or one of the other approved vaccines.

mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) recipients

The following recipients of an mRNA primary series should receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen) at least 6 months after completion of the primary series:

The following recipients of an mRNA primary series may receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen) at least 6 months after completing their primary series based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • People aged 18–49 years with certain underlying medical conditions
  • People aged 18–64 years at increased risk for SARS-CoV-2 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine recipients

  • People aged ≥18 years who received a single dose Janssen as a primary vaccine should receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen) at least 2 months (8 weeks) after the initial dose.

3rd DOSE:  We are providing a 3rd dose to individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.  See who is currently eligible for a 3rd dose of vaccine for more details.  A 3rd dose is currently authorized only for those who meet the eligibility criteria and received either the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines at least 28 days ago. 

Moderately to severely immunocompromised people aged ≥18 years who received a 2-dose mRNA primary series and an additional mRNA additional dose (3 total mRNA vaccine doses) are eligible for a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen) at least 6 months after completing their third mRNA vaccine dose.

COVID VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS IN JACKSON COUNTY:  The graphics below shows the vaccination status of COVID cases and deaths recorded since July 1, 2021 in vaccine eligible residents in our county.   This data displays the positive impact vaccines are having in our community.

INFLUENZA VACCINES:  Cooler weather and the increase in indoor events means flu season is approaching.  Now is a good time to get your annual influenza vaccine.  You can receive a flu shot and COVID vaccine at the same time regardless of whether you need a first, second, additional dose, or booster.

VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES:  COVID-19 vaccines are available during the clinic hours of 8:00 -11:30 am and 1:00 – 4:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at the Jackson County Health Department at 1715 Lansing Ave.  Whether you need a 1st or 2nd dose, are immunocompromised and eligible for a 3rd dose, or qualify for a booster dose you can call 517-788-4468 to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins are accepted but may encounter wait times.  Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available.  For information on other locations administering vaccine in Jackson County see www.vaccines.gov

Homebound individuals who are interested in a COVID-19 vaccine, please contact Disability Connections at (517) 998-3084, Region 2 Area on Aging at (517) 592-1976 or the Jackson County Department on Aging at (517) 788-4364.   To find out the latest about vaccines from the Jackson County Health Department call the vaccine information line at 517-817-4469.

LOCAL MONITORING: Check out the Jackson County Health Department webpage for the latest COVID information including the daily number of cases in the county.  It is updated Monday-Friday by 12 noon.  On Mondays, a county map is uploaded to show areas where COVID cases have increased throughout the county.  An Epicurve graph provides some historical data and shows the peaks and lulls of COVID infections in Jackson County.

The CDC and the State of Michigan both provide a variety of charts, graphs, and maps that show the trend in cases at the national, state, and county level.  Currently, most areas in the country fall into the classification of having a high level of community transmission.  Checking these resources, and the local websites in the area you will be traveling to, can help you assess risk, find out what requirements and restrictions are in place, and assist with making decisions about what are safe and unsafe activities.

JCHD UPDATES: Clinics are open for in person services. Most clinics require an appointment, so please check the website or call ahead to verify if you need an appointment for the service you are seeking.  Masks are required regardless of vaccination status in small office areas and exam rooms. (Please remember to bring your own or you will be provided with one.)

This is done in order to protect our immunocompromised clients such as children or other vulnerable populations who may be at high risk of infection.

If you still need your COVID-19 vaccine, you can come to the immunization clinic and get your vaccine of choice! Call and make an appointment at (517) 768-4468.

If you are EXPERIENCING ANY UPPER RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS (COUGH, DIFFICULTY BREATHING, ETC) OR FEVER, WE ASK THAT YOU RESCHEDULE ANY APPOINTMENT YOU

HAVE scheduled.  If necessary, you may want to schedule an appointment with your physician or call 911, if it becomes life threatening.

Data:  Jackson County Health Department reports the following data as of October 26, 2021. This information is also available on the Michigan Vaccine Dashboard which is updated on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays each week by 3:00 p.m. Data now reflects the addition of the 12-15 year olds. 

Number of Doses  

Administered to  

Jackson County  

Residents  

Percent of Jackson County

Residents over the age of

12 vaccinated to date  

Number of  

Jackson Residents who have  

completed

their 1stvaccination  

Number of Jackson County Residents who have completed their vaccination series (2 for Moderna / Pfizer and

1 for Johnson &  

Johnson  

148,730 60.3% Initial Dose 

56.2% Completed Dose  

82,271 76,746

 

COVID case numbers in Jackson County compared to the State of Michigan*:   

Category   Jackson County   State of Michigan  
COVID-19 Total Cases 20,843 1,265,381
COVID-19 Weekly New Cases per 100,000 423 268
COVID-19 7-Day Daily Case Average 96 3,831
COVID-19 Recovered*** Cases 18,282 982,288 (as of 10/22/2021)
COVID-19 Total Deaths 332 23,526
COVID-19 7-Day Positivity Rate 17.6%  11.5% 

*Data as of October 27, 2021

***Recovered = alive 30 days after onset date (if onset date is missing, then referral date). This calculation is using the Patient Status variable to distinguish alive vs deceased.  

Additional Resources:  

Jackson County Health Department Webpage 

Michigan Coronavirus Webpage  

Centers for Disease Control Vaccine Information Page 

JCHD COVID Vaccine Information phone line – (517) 817-4469 

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