MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES -- A news release from the Central Michigan District Health Department dated Jan. 18 stated that on Thursday, Jan. 14, they requested 4,725 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the state for the week of Jan. 18.

They were notified on Friday, Jan. 15, that they would receive 1,200 doses. Additionally, the news release said, the clinics will be full for the week of Jan. 18, 2021.

As they receive additional vaccine doses, they will contact businesses and individuals on the waiting list via email or by calling those who do not have internet.

"Demand is currently far outweighing supply. We are pleased to see so much interest in the vaccine," said Steve Hall, Health Officer for Central Michigan District Health Department. "As vaccines come in, we will be getting it out as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we move forward in this process."

To date, CMDHD has vaccinated 2,300 individuals in the counties they serve. They are currently vaccinating those in Priority 1A and working on those eligible in the 1B priority group, including residents who are 65 years and older.

Over 16,000 residents who are over 65 years of age have signed up so the process is going to take time. How quickly they can vaccinate is dependent on how much vaccine they receive from the state and federal government.

CMDHD continues to ask for patience during this period of uncertainty and asks that individuals please refrain from calling the health department to ask about scheduling the vaccine unless they do not have access to the internet.

They will continue to keep communities updated via news releases, social media, the website at cmdhd.org and through opt-in email. If you have not subscribed to opt-in emails, you can do so on the coronavirus page at cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus.

CMDHD will continue to plan and prepare for additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Please call 989-773-5921 extension 1444 if you have any questions. If you are calling to sign up for the vaccine and do not have access to the internet and cannot sign up via our online survey, leave a message with your name, phone number, county of residence, and a brief message. Staff will return calls as soon as possible.

Central Michigan District Health Department, serves the counties of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola and Roscommon. Visit our website at www.cmdhd.org, LIKE Central Michigan District Health Department on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CMiDHD.