BAY CITY, MI – Bay County is continuing to vaccinate those in Phase 1B for COVID-19 as it works to deal with supply and demand issues.

Phase 1 includes frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure and people 65 years of age or older.

Joel Strasz of the Bay County Health Department previously reported to the Bay County Board of Commissioners that as of Tuesday, Feb. 9, the department is expecting to receive 1,000 first doses and anywhere between 1,000 – 2,000 second doses per week based on allocation guidelines from the state.

This dose allocation is low in comparison to high demand for the vaccine, according to the health department’s data.

As of the beginning of February, the Bay County Health Department reported that there have been more than 26,000 people who have registered for the vaccine with the department and that that number is climbing on a daily basis.

Bay County is continuing to aim for a goal of vaccinating 72,00 people for COVID-19 by the Fourth of July. At two doses each, the health department is aiming to distribute a total of 144,000 vaccines.

Bay County is still accepting registrations through an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bchd-c19vx. Residents without internet access may instead call 989-308-1828 to register for the vaccine through the Bay County Health Department and Department on Aging.

Meijer is also still accepting registrations to receive the vaccine.

On Friday, Feb. 12, the Bay County Health Department announced that updates have been made to its registration process and system for residents registering for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who register for the vaccine will now receive a confirmation email which are meant to inform the registrant that they have successfully registered for the COVID-19 vaccination in Bay County and are not for scheduling an appointment, according to a news release from the department.

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