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Wayne County Public Health Senior Vaccination Program
How It Works
Wayne County Public Health Department has begun simultaneously vaccinating seniors age 65 and older in the most expedient way to get vaccines in arms of seniors as fast as possible. This process will take time. Everyone who wants a vaccine will get one. As more doses and capacity become available, this process will go faster.
This program is supplemental to current efforts to schedule senior vaccines with local health systems. The County is also exploring additional vaccination centers to increase access to seniors wanting a vaccine.
To ensure broader distribution of the vaccine, Wayne County was divided into geographic regions. Communities were placed in one of the regions based on location. The regions were further balanced based on total senior population (65+).
Next, each community in each region was ranked based on its Social Vulnerability Index (SVI), which accounts for 15 different socio-economic factors that affect the health and wellness of a community’s residents. This is done to get vaccine to the most vulnerable residents first.
Once the communities were ranked by region and SVI, Health Department staff took the available doses the county will receive for the coming week and divided into equal amounts. That amount becomes the number of first doses delivered in each region for that week.
Health Department staff then starts with the most at-risk communities in each region, based on SVI, and works to schedule a clinic with local municipalities, or host it at one of the county sites if that is more convenient.
Local municipalities handle the scheduling of the vaccine appointments.
This is the same process the county followed for prioritizing vaccination for school districts, with the school districts scheduling the appointments.