Town Hall Top Four 1/8
The four things house officers might find interesting from the Michigan Medicine COVID-19 Town Hall on Jan 8, 2021.
Phase 1A is Finishing
Michigan Medicine will be transitioning to phase 1B this weekend, including frontline essential works and folks over 65. They will be starting with their own employees and established patients.
Everyone who fits into phase 1A, which should include all House Officers, is supposed to have an invitation to schedule by the end of the day. If you have not received your invitation to schedule, please email email@example.com. Once you have your invite, please know it may be challenging to schedule your actual appointment over the next couple of days. There is a temporary hold on appointments as next week's vaccine allocations from the state are unclear. When allocations are confirmed, appointments will be released. Tentative vaccine's arrive on Tuesday, January 12.
What About My Family?
A question was asked during the Q&A if there would be any process established to vaccinate people who live with U of M employees, fit in phase 1B, but do not receive medical care at Michigan Medicine. The institution is focusing on its own employees and established patients. They know that they can reach these people the fastest, freeing up access in other venues such as the health department.
Opportunities to Volunteer
Michigan Medicine has set up an intake for those who want to volunteer for the vaccination effort. Email COVIDVaccineVolunteer@med.umich.edu and they will direct you to opportunities at U of M and elsewhere in the community.
Community Health Services
They are placing a high importance on equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine in the community. While not an exhaustive list, they are targeting focused communication and engagement towards older people and those at higher risk in the African American, Latinx, Middle Eastern, and rural communities. Several upcoming events in January cover this topic.
January 13th at 12pm - Bioethics Grand Rounds
January 16th at 1pm - Virtual Town COVID-19 and the African American Community