The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Sunday released an important announcement for hospital personnel involved in vaccine distribution:
Each ordering provider has the responsibility to ensure that second doses of COVID-19 vaccine are not used for first doses and are available for timely second dose vaccination. Due to challenges with providers using second dose COVID vaccine for new first doses, MDHHS is determining the extent of any shortages of second doses (and planned second doses for first doses already administered).
The Michigan National Guard (MING) will be calling hospitals to review the utilization of first- and second-dose shipments with designated vaccine coordinators; this may be a pharmacist in a hospital setting. In order for MDHHS to assess and correct any shortages, MING will be collecting the numbers of first and second doses administered by week, and the numbers and destination of first and second dose vaccines that have been transferred within or outside your system (including contact information). MING will not be providing any information about how these shortages will be addressed by MDHHS.
To maintain vaccine supply from the federal government, this process needs to occur quickly. MDHHS will be working with local health departments on this reconciliation process as well.
At this point in vaccine delivery, it is critical to ensure all providers are utilizing the first and second doses consistently to keep the robust vaccination process underway. The designated vaccine coordinator for your facility should be prepared to receive a phone call from a member of the Michigan National Guard starting Saturday, Feb. 6, through Monday, Feb. 8. It is important to immediately respond and provide the most accurate information possible.