Keeping You Up to Date On Vaccine-Related Issues
Kent County - Vaccine by the Numbers
View page 7 of our data dashboard for more information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and demographics.
I Got Vaccinated!

77 year old Kenneth Rogers admits he didn't think COVID-19 was a serious issue at first. He says the number of deaths in his community changed his mind, watch Kenneth's testimonial here.
Latest Vaccine News

Dr. Adam London talks vaccination statistics and the resurgence in COVID-19 cases.
Surge in Michigan COVID-19 Cases FAQs

Do you have questions about what's causing the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across Michigan despite having the vaccine available to all ages? Read the frequently asked questions here.
Ramadan and Vaccines

We'd like to wish all of our Muslim community members Ramadan Mubarak! A common question during this time is, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine during Ramadan?

Yes, you can get vaccinated during Ramadan. The vaccines will not invalidate your fast because they have no nutritional value and they do not contain food-related substances. Though a fasting person is not allowed to take food, water, or medicine through open passages such as the mouth or nose, the vaccines are given in the muscle, so they do not affect an open passage. Similar guidelines have covered flu shots and other vaccinations during Ramadan.

Salah Nassar, a Community Connector with the Kent County Health Department explains more in Arabic:
Johnson & Johnson Pauses Vaccine Distribution

Out of an abundance of caution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement that providers should halt administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines while they investigate six instances of blood clots in previously vaccinated individuals. More than 6.8 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered to date nationally, meaning these instances are incredibly rare. FDA officials have stated that the pause is likely to last a couple of weeks. Read the full statement here.
MIOSHA Officially Extends Emergency Rules For Workplaces

As broad community spread of COVID-19 continues, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has extended its emergency rules, originally issued October 14, 2020, to protect Michigan workers, businesses, customers and communities from the spread of COVID-19. The emergency rules have been extended until October 14, 2021, but can be modified or withdrawn at any time in response to changes in COVID-19 spread. Under the emergency rules, employers must continue to implement policies that require remote work for employees where remote work is feasible, to help ensure that COVID-19 transmission is mitigated to the maximum extent possible. Find more information here.
Updated Quarantine Requirement

Due to increasing case rates and variant spread in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has reinstated the 14 day quarantine for individuals who have had close contact with someone with COVID‑19. The Kent County Health Department is implementing this change, effective immediately.

If someone is currently in quarantine for ten days, they do not need to extend their quarantine to 14 days. The reinstatement to 14 days is for any close contact identified as of April 8, 2021.
Vaccinate Resources

The site includes resources, frequently asked questions, registration information, and more. Check this site frequently for the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Información en español

Para información en español haga clic aquí.
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700 Fuller Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Tel: (616) 632-7100
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