Published on March 29, 2021

MidMichigan Reaches Milestone of 50,000 Vaccines

MidMichigan Health reached a new milestone in its fight against the COVID-19 virus and protection of the communities it serves. The health system administered its 50,000th coronavirus vaccine dose during its most recent vaccination clinics held the week of March 22. “The excitement that we have witnessed at our vaccination clinics has been nothing short of amazing,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president, MidMichigan Health. “We have all seen and experienced tears of joy, shared words of gratitude, and overall sighs of relief. We know that this vaccine has given our communities the hope we have been waiting for and we intend on ensuring all those that need a vaccine will receive one.”

Medical Center Vaccine Teams

Photo of the MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland vaccine team showing that we reached 50,000 COVID-19 doses administered.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland Vaccine Team

Photo of the MidMichigan Medical Center - Gladwin vaccine team showing that we reached 50,000 COVID-19 doses administered.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin Vaccine Team

Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - Mt. Pleasant vaccine team showing tht we reached 50,000 COVID-19 doses administered.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant Vaccine Team

Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena vaccine team showing tht we reached 50,000 COVID-19 doses administered.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena Vaccine Team

Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - West Branch vaccine team showing tht we reached 50,000 COVID-19 doses administered.

MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch Vaccine Team

Since distribution of the vaccine began in December 2020, MidMichigan’s vaccine teams have held nearly 300 vaccine clinics in Alpena, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch, receiving national media attention for its work in distributing the vaccine to its most rural areas. In addition, just a few short weeks ago, the Michigan State Health Department officials announced MidMichigan Health was among 22 pilot projects statewide to be awarded 2,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to help enhance the state’s vaccine equity strategy. As a result of that project, in collaboration by Senior Services of Alpena and the Council on Aging, a team of MidMichigan Health volunteers recently delivered vaccine to homebound citizens ages 50+ in the Alpena and West Branch areas on March 26. Future vaccine clinics are being planned to continue its services to the most vulnerable populations in the coming month.

“The honor in which we have been given to distribute the vaccine to areas spanning the central and northeast portions of the state and the 23 mostly rural counties we serve, is a reflection of our purpose ‘Creating Health Communities-Together,’ said Richard Bates, M.D., C.P.E., regional vice president of medical affairs, MidMichigan Health. “MidMichigan Health has demonstrated a commitment to serve its rural communities in collaboration with our local health care partners. Frequent and active dialogue amongst all stakeholders has minimized vaccine waste and the sharing of doses has optimized delivery in all communities. We all want what is best for our residents and will do what it takes to protect the health and well-being of all those we serve.”

A Look Back on MidMichigan’s Vaccine Journey