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800 vaccinations available for those 18 and older

News File Photo Rogers City resident Riconda Lamb is given a bandage from nurse Ann Lorenzi after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic at the Alpena Mall in January.

ALPENA — Anyone 18 or older is eligible for the first round of a Moderna two-shot COVID-19 vaccination at an upcoming Alpena clinic, health officials announced Monday.

No appointment is needed for the 800 spots available at the Alpena Mall clinic, to be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Residents who already have an appointment for the clinic will still receive their vaccinations. Those wishing to be vaccinated are asked to bring identification and an insurance card.

The elderly and those with medical conditions will be given first priority, but the clinic is open to anyone 18 or older who lives in Alpena, Presque Isle, Montmorency, or Cheboygan County, according to health officials.

Public health officials on Monday reported 28 newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including nine Alpena County residents, 16 Presque Isle County residents, and three Montmorency County residents. District Health Department No. 2 last updated its numbers on Friday.

As of Feb. 18, local public health agencies have reported confirmed and suspected infections as one number.

Based on that data, 3,172 Northeast Michiganders have been confirmed or suspected infected since the pandemic hit Michigan in mid-March. Of those, 106 have died.

State data showed that, as of Monday, 36,149 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Northeast Michigan.

As of Monday, two people were hospitalized at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena with coronavirus infection, with none in intensive care, according to state data. The hospital was 51% full.

As of Monday, 86 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection across the state-designated, 18-county health care region that includes Alpena, Presque Isle, and Montmorency counties, according to state data.

The last death was reported on March 19.

Local public health officials have stopped tracking recoveries.

COVID-19 vaccine: Frequently asked questions

Who’s currently eligible to receive the vaccine?

Those 50 and older, health care workers, police, firefighters, teachers and child care workers, some food and agriculture workers, utilities or critical manufacturing workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, and certain other workers with unique skill sets not covered above. Prioritization for those 50 to 65 will be given to those with certain medical conditions and caregivers of people with special health care needs.

How do I get an appointment?

Pre-register online (preferred) at dhd4.org, dhd2.org, or clinic.meijer.com. Residents of Alpena, Presque Isle, or Montmorency counties can call 989-356-4507 and choose option 1.

What if I don’t have the internet?

The Alpena Senior Citizens Center can help. Call 989-356-3585.

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