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!

Gabby Williams works at a family practice dental office. Click here to watch the testimonial on why Gabby decided to get vaccinated.
Creating Vaccine Equity

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) has convened a group of health care and community partners to develop a comprehensive plan to address the vaccination needs of those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 or who have challenges accessing large vaccination clinics.

Improving Technology
One of the first tasks was to create a simplified registration process for residents. The new one-stop portal allows residents to sign-up for a COVID-19 vaccine with all health systems and KCHD clinics. Click here to access the registration portal which is located on the Vaccinate West Michigan website. It is our hope this revised process will make it easier for all residents to get registered for the vaccine.

Expanding Transportation Access
We are also teaming up with several local organizations to provide rides for seniors to get to their vaccination appointment. If you or someone you know may need a ride, register now with one of the following providers:

  • RideLink: 616-774-1288 or online
  • Kent County Community Transit: 616-243-0876
  • Go!Bus (ADA eligible only): 616-456-6141 or online

When you are scheduled for your vaccination appointment, you may be connected with a ride through one of the partner agencies assisting with this effort. Click here for more information about this resource.

Dependable Information
Information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be slow to reach our immigrant and refugee communities. To help close this knowledge gap, the Health Department recently hosted a training session with community connectors from Bethany Christian Services, the Bhutanese community, Refugee Education Center, and Samaritas to better equip them on how to answer vaccine-related questions and how to assist their networks in registering for the vaccine. Click here to watch this training.

We also partnered with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services to translate the frequently asked questions on the Vaccinate West Michigan website. All of these videos are posted on the website.

Continual Improvement
Equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine is a priority for the Health Department; however, we are keenly aware it is not easy to create equity, and a lot of work remains. We remain committed to working with and listening to our community partners to improve our processes.
Have you registered for the vaccine? If not, it is time to “Save your Spot” in line by registering with a local provider.
Our weekly vaccine supply continues to increase and projections indicate it will increase significantly in the coming weeks.
Expanding Eligibility

As of Monday, residents 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs, in addition to frontline essential workers such as healthcare workers, long-term care workers, and food and agriculture workers are eligible to receive the vaccine.

What medical conditions will make you eligible to receive the vaccine? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2 )
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2 )
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

The following medical conditions may place an individual at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, and therefore eligible for vaccination in ages 50 and above:

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2 , but < 30 kg/m2 )
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus 

To learn more about these medical conditions, click here.
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Additional Doses of Vaccine Received For Vulnerable Seniors

On Tuesday, we received an additional 2,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for our vulnerable populations aged 50 years and older. These vaccines came from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Community Outreach 50 and Older Vaccine Project.

We are partnering with health care providers and community-based organizations to administer these vaccines at eight community clinics over the next two weeks. Outreach efforts will focus on those 50 years of age or older in the Latinx and African American communities, those who are unhoused, residing in a shelter, or have mobility issues or cognitive impairments in the 49503, 49507, and 49509 zip codes. Click here to learn more about this initiative.
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Kent County Health Department
700 Fuller Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Tel: (616) 632-7100
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