W. Michigan health systems are ready to meet April 5th vaccine expansion

W. Michigan health systems are ready to meet April 5th vaccine expansion

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A big announcement Friday from the state: All adult Michigander’s will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5th.

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It’s a month before the deadline President Biden announced Thursday night, to have all adult Americans eligible by May 1st.

Local health systems in West Michigan said that they are ready to meet the deadline and the demand.

“We get very excited about it, because what that means is that the vaccine supply is coming,” said Chad Tuttle, the Sr. Vice President of Hospital Operations with Spectrum Health.

Tuttle told FOX 17 that the vaccine supply will need to increase 500% to meet that April 5th goal.

He said, “This week we did 25,000 doses, so when we talk about an increase like that, what we are talking about is doing somewhere between 125,000 and 150,000 doses per week.”

Tuttle knows it’s a big task, but thinks they’ll be able to pull it off.

“It certainly won’t be without challenges, but the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic is an absolute gift in our community. We vaccinated 8000 people there yesterday in eight hours,” he said.

That effort on Thursday, was something of a stress test for what’s to come.

Tuttle explained, “What we’re building up to is the ability to do 20,000 people per day at the West Michigan vaccine clinic, running about a 12 to 14…

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