Get a shot, get a gift card: Midland launches ‘Vaccines on the Road’

In an effort to increase vaccination rates around Midland County, the Midland County Department of Public Health, MidMichigan Health and Midland Business Alliance (MBA) have partnered to offer “Vaccines on the Road.” This program will bring vaccines directly on-site to local employers who wish to participate.

“Getting as many people vaccinated as possible is critical to reopening our economy,” said Tony Stamas, MBA President and CEO. “We know that time off work and travel time are some of the common reasons for employees to not get vaccinated, so we hope these clinics will eliminate those barriers.”

Medical professionals from MidMichigan Health or the Health Department will be on hand to give a short presentation with information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination to ease any fears those considering vaccination have.

“We believe that the currently available COVID vaccines are safe and effective,” said Lydia Watson, senior vice president and chief medical officer, MidMichigan Health. “They have gone through the most intensive safety monitoring in US history. We recommend getting vaccinated if you are eligible!”

Lastly, as one last form of incentive, those who receive the vaccine will get a $25 gift card to a local restaurant.

“We need to get a significant proportion of the population immune to COVID-19 in order to keep the spread of disease low,” said Dr. Catherine M. Bodnar, medical director for the Midland County Department of Public Health. “To accomplish this, people who are eligible for the vaccine need to get fully vaccinated.”

Employers interested in hosting a vaccine clinic can contact Jim Reaume at or 989-839-9522.

Thursday, June 10 COVID-19 numbers

Midland County: four cases were added. Pandemic total is 6,834 cases, 717 probable, 89 deaths and three probable deaths.

Bay County: one case was added; pandemic total stands at 10,559 cases, 675 probable, 337 deaths and 14 probable deaths.

Gladwin County: no cases were added, but one death was subtracted; pandemic total stands at 1,915 cases, 386 probable, 54 deaths and four probable deaths.

Isabella County: no cases, but one death was added; pandemic total stands at 5,385 cases, 938 probable, 94 deaths and five probable deaths.

Saginaw County: four cases and one death were added; pandemic total stands at 19,975 cases, 1,359 probable, 593 deaths and 20 probable deaths.

The state added 301 cases and 40 deaths on Thursday; the daily report included 28 deaths identified during a vital recods review . Overall, Michigan is at 891,615 cases and 19,479 deaths.


According to the Midland County Health Department website, which was updated on June 7, 6,792 Midland County individuals have recovered from COVID-19. Gladwin County reported on Wednesday that it has a total of 1,739 recovered cases. The state reported that as of June 5, a total of 837,864 persons have recovered.


Midland County’s seven-day rolling positivity rate on June 7 was listed at 2.8% and Gladwin County was listed at 1.5%. Our 12-county region is listed at 3.7% and Michigan is at 2.6%.

MidMichigan Health statistics

As of Monday, June 7, MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland was listed as having an 70% bed occupancy with eight COVID patients and four in the ICU. MidMichigan Medical Center in Gladwin was listed as having an 14% bed occupancy with one COVID patient, and none in the ICU.

Regarding PPE supplies, the Midland hospital reported 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 Monday, June 7. The Gladwin hospital reported 30-plus days for all of the above supplies.

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