On March 12, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that all Michigan residents 16 and older would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5. Eligibility doesn’t mean you will immediately be able to get a shot in your arm. Sparrow Hospital pharmacy director Todd Belding said the demand for the vaccine far outweighs the supply. “We are well short of the demand currently,” Belding said. “We are getting about 3,000 vaccines a week, and the demand is well above that.”
Belding explained that the state distributes the vaccine to each county based on population and a county’s social vulnerability index and that the number of vaccines each county and vaccination site will receive is not up to recipients.