Michigan’s First Covid-19 Vaccine Recipient Is In Grand Rapids
The first round of Covid-19 vaccines were administered and the first person to receive one in Michigan is a doctor from Grand Rapids.
Dr. Marc McClelland, a pulmonologist who has been treating COVID-19 patients in the ICU, received the shot at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Four other Spectrum Health staff members have received a first dose of the vaccine. McClelland said he felt no symptoms or side effects thus far. Speaking at a virtual news conference to WZZM TV, McClellan states,
"Having seen what I've seen over the last several months and having lived in this COVID world now, this is clearly the path forward and the answer. I am very hopeful right now."
Spectrum Health is slated to receive roughly 5,000 doses of the vaccine. They received 975 doses in this first round. Large scale vaccinations will begin on Tuesday at the health system. Priority will be given to healthcare workers who are working directly with Covid-19 patients.
Michigan will get 84,825 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 173,00 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Health officials say the vaccine will reach the general public in the spring.
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