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Hamilton Community Health Network concerned about low COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:32 PM EDT
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Genesee County, Mich. (WJRT) - The state has reached the 60 percent mark for the number of people given their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, local health organizations are concerned about the stamina of getting shots in arms slowing down.

Hamilton Community Health Network said earlier this year when the vaccine first came out, they were putting on average 200 shots in arms every day.

On Friday, they said their thankful for 30.

“[In January there were] a lot of disappointed customers, but now it’s hard to get anybody on a list,” said Diana Przybylinski, operation coordinator for Hamilton. Pryzbylinski said at the beginning, they were struggling to find enough vials to keep up with the demand...

Now Pryzbylinski said, “There’s been some days to where we only have six scheduled vaccine appointments, so it has significantly just decreased.”

Although the line gets shorter and shorter, Pryzbylinski and her crew continue to reach out to people who may be hesitant to get the vaccine.

“We actually make phone calls we have lists of people, hundreds of 1000s of people that we call. So we actually have people assigned to make telephone calls on a daily basis in order to get these appointments filled,” said Pryzbylinski.

Stacy Sawyer, director of marketing and communications at Hamilton Community Health Network said it’s a relief that that the state has reached 60 percent, but the fight’s not over.

“No, we are a long ways from ending the fight. I think that it’s important that everyone realizes that we’re not at the end yet,” said Sawyer.

For example, Genesee County is still far from meeting up with the rest of the state. According to their website, the county has just over 49 percent. Sawyer said,

“I really want to encourage people to go out and get the vaccine to not only protect yourself, but also protect others.”

Pryzbylinski said it’s a step we all have to take in order to reach the next milestone.

“We’re trying to save lives, we’re trying to get vaccines into arm, so I’d like to thank everybody that has been able to help us out with that with reaching our goal, to make life more normal.

Hamilton Community Health Network is offering several vaccine clinics in Burton, Northpoint and Clio, as well as drive thru options once a week.

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