WEST BRANCH – District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) has scheduled three mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Ogemaw, Oscoda and Iosco counties.

The first will be held Jan. 15, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Ogemaw Heights High School; the second is set for Jan. 22, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Mio Community Center; and the third is scheduled for Jan. 23. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oscoda High School.

According to a news release from DHD2, the health department is actively vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A of the priority group which includes EMS, Medical First Responders, and Medical Care Facilities. DHD2 said it has  used its first allotment of vaccine and as we receive more shipments, DHD2 plans to finish as many of the 1A group as possible.

Last week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated their vaccine priority guidance and has authorized local health departments to begin vaccinating the following groups starting Monday, Jan 11:

• People age 65 years or older.

• Frontline, essential workers with frequent or ongoing exposure as a part of their work. This includes some, but not all essential workers previously designated in 1B. First responders, police officers, jail and prison staff, pre-K-12 teachers and childcare providers are included.

Registration for the mass vaccination clinics began the afternoon of Jan. 11. Online signup is at dhd2.org. Persons are asked to not call or email for an appointment if they can go online. Those who have issues with internet access, can call District Health Department at 1-800-504-2650 or 989-345-5020.

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