Young Midlanders could get COVID vaccine as soon as next week

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 to youth ages 12-15. The update was welcomed news to Fred Yanoski, Midland County Department of Public Health health officer.

“At this point, the school year is winding down and we’re going to work hard to get that first dose in as soon as possible before kids departing for the summer,” Yanoski said.

The Midland County Health Department is working closely with Midland Public Schools to outline a distribution plan. Yanoski explained he doesn’t expect much difficulty in acquiring doses of the Pfizer vaccine and estimates that vaccinations of the 12-15 age group can start as early as next week. Yanoski is hoping for a robust turnout for the vaccine and would be happy to modify the distribution plan to accommodate as many people as possible.

“This is another step in mitigating the spread of COVID-19,” Yanoski said. “We absolutely believe the Pfizer vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine and we encourage people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Midland County recorded 12 COVID-19 cases and one death on Tuesday, according to the state’s daily report.

Tuesday, May 11 COVID-19 numbers:

• Midland County: 12 cases and one death were added. Pandemic total is 6,582 cases, 700 probable, 80 deaths and three probable deaths.

• Bay County: 25 cases and three deaths were added; pandemic total stands at 10,283 cases, 643 probable, 321 deaths and 13 probable deaths.

• Gladwin County: Four cases and one death were added; pandemic total stands at 1,866 cases, 375 probable, 51 deaths and three probable deaths.

• Isabella County: 21 cases and one death were added; pandemic total stands at 5,213 cases, 880 probable, 85 deaths and four probable deaths.

• Saginaw County: 48 cases were added; pandemic total stands at 19,270 cases, 1,292 probable, 562 deaths and 17 probable deaths.

On Tuesday, the state added 1,992 new cases and 99 deaths;  the daily death count included 32 deaths that were identified during a vital records review. Overall, Michigan is at 867,341 cases and 18,338 deaths.


The state report shows as of Tuesday, Midland County has performed 73,736 COVID-19 tests. Gladwin County is listed as having administered 21,244 tests.

Midland County’s seven-day rolling positivity rate on May 7 was listed at 9.9% and Gladwin County was listed at 11.4%. Our 12-county region is listed at 13.8% and Michigan is at 10.4%.

MidMichigan Health statistics

As of Thursday, MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland was listed as having an 83% bed occupancy with 26 COVID-19 patients and eight in the ICU. MidMichigan Medical Center in Gladwin was listed as having an 47% bed occupancy with three COVID-19 patients and none in the ICU.

Regarding PPE supplies, the Midland hospital reported 15-30 days for N95 masks; 15-30 days for surgical masks; 30-plus days for surgical gowns; 15-30 days for exam gloves and 30-plus days for eye protection as of Thursday. The Gladwin hospital reported 30-plus days for all of the above supplies.

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