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   COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  By Brigette Reichenbaugh, MBA
COVID-19 vaccination clinics are happening quickly as we begin the new year.
The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) is booking daily vaccination clinics to administer first- and second-round doses to our Phase 1A groups this week. We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MDHHS recommendations for pri- oritization, distribution, and admin- istration of COVID-19 vaccines for adults.
Michigan is in Phase 1A of vac- cine distribution, with the intent to move as quickly as possible to the other phases and assure any vaccine allocated in the state is administered quickly. MDHHS has set the ini-
tial operational goal of vaccinating 70% of people 16 years of age and older, or about 5.6 million people, for COVID-19 by the end of 2021.
Prior to the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, the Public Health Department began coordinating with local hospitals on distribution plans. The initial 975 doses vaccinated local health department, EMS, and fire department staff. The CCPHD is con- ducting surveys via email with local agencies that are included in Phases 1A, 1B, and 1C – the survey will help staff determine dates, times, and number of individuals participating in each clinic. After nurses adminis- tering the vaccine dilute the vaccine,
the shelf life is six hours; therefore, detailed and thorough planning is critical in order to successfully use all vaccines available to us.
For members of the public waiting to be vaccinated, please be patient. It will take weeks or months to move through the prioritization phases, de- pending on supplies. There is no wait- list. The Public Health Department is committed to providing detailed in- formation as quickly as possible, and has established a dedicated website for county vaccination updates: cal-
Information and updates can also be found on the Public Health De- partment’s Facebook page, CCPubli- cHealthDepartment.
COVID-19 Vaccine Groups (determined by MDHHS)
Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials
and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities.
Phase 1B includes frontline essential workers and individuals 75 years of age and older.
Phase 1C includes other essential workers, persons 65 to 74 years of age, and individuals 16 to 64 years
of age with underlying medical conditions.
Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all persons age 16 years or older.
 Ham Pot Pie
 friends at parties well into February. Though we are not able to entertain this year, I am keeping the season going by making holiday foods, butter and cream included!
Ham Pot Pie with Scalloped Cheesy Potatoes
• Five medium sized redskin potatoes,
sliced 1⁄4-inch thick
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 small onion, sliced 1⁄2-inch thick
• One half pound deli ham, sliced thin
• 2-1⁄2 cups heavy cream
• 3 eggs
• 1 teaspoon each onion and garlic
• 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
• 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 2 cups freshly grated Swiss cheese
Boil potato slices in salted water for about 8-10 minutes or until just begin- ning to turn tender. Drain well and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees; grease a 9” x 13” pan.
Layer one third of sliced potatoes
in prepared pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper; add one layer of onion and ham. Repeat until all have been used but end with layer of potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
In mixing bowl, beat cream, eggs, seasonings, and mustard together and pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with grated cheese and cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake another 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and cheese is golden. Serve immediately. Freeze remaining leftover.
Why is it that every January edi- tion of a magazine is all about eating heathier in the New Year? I love the holidays and
in normal years, we would entertain

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