As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Calhoun County has a cumulative total of 12,257 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD), with a total of 276 deaths attributed to the virus. This information is updated once daily, Monday through Friday, at www.calhouncountymi.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The State vaccine dashboard shows that as of May 26, 2021, 92,551 doses have been administered to Calhoun County residents, from various sources, not just the Public Health Department.
In Calhoun County, total shots administered by the Public Health Department are, 20,602 first dose and 17,986 second dose shots. Last week, between May 16-22, the Public Health Department administered 944 vaccine doses. Our first dose totals include all who are vaccinated by CCPHD with one dose of any vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
Health Officer Eric Pessell shares his concerns with the public: "Our vaccination rate in Calhoun is poor; we're not even at 50 percent of our population 16 and older. We have to get this done. If you're asking, 'Why should I get it?' It's basic science. Individuals who aren't vaccinated will continue to pass the virus along and as it passes from person to person, it has the chance to mutate. If it mutates enough that the vaccine is no longer effective, we're back at square one. The vaccine won't be effective. We don't want that."
Calhoun County is reporting 44.8% of the population have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 38.9% have completed a two-dose series. The goal is to have 70% of Calhoun County residents vaccinated.
"If you're still on the fence, talk to people who have gotten the vaccine, and go get it. Just about every day of the week you can get it in Calhoun County." – Eric Pessell, Health Officer
Vaccine Clinic Schedule
Beginning June 1, the CCPHD will be offering COVID-19 vaccines at their permanent clinic locations.
Toeller Building in Battle Creek (190 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI), Monday - Thursday: 7:00a -12:30p & 1:00p-4:30p, Friday: 8:00a -12:00p (J&J, Moderna, Pfizer offered) Appointment Only. Phone: 269-969-6363.
The CCPHD will also be offering COVID vaccines at the Albion Health Department (214 E Michigan Ave, Albion, MI) Monday - Thursday: 7:00a -12:30p & 1:00p-4:30p, Friday: 8:00a -12:00p. (J&J, Moderna, Pfizer offered) Appointment Only. Phone: 517-629-9434
For a full list of drive-thru clinic in the Calhoun County area please visit calhouncountymi.gov/covidvaccine.
Information Regarding Second Dose Shots
If you receive the Pfizer vaccine at one of the CCPHD upcoming vaccine clinics, you should get your second shot three weeks (or 21 days) after your first. You may go to any location listed or make an appointment with the CCPHD.
The Moderna vaccine is recommended for people 18 years and older and requires two doses given 28 days apart. CCPHD is only offering the Moderna Vaccine at their permanent clinic locations.