OSP COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Supply for Primary Care Practices
Independent primary care practices are valued contributors to the vaccination channel in the State of Michigan. However, due to limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, and distribution channel challenges, the timeline for distribution to approved primary care practices will be longer than expected. The state estimates a 6-month timeline before COVID-19 vaccine would be available for distribution to approved primary care physician practices.
Therefore, messaging with patients not to wait until you, their primary care physician, has COVID-19 vaccine is key. The state recommends encouraging patients to access vaccine through a local hospital/health system, county health department, or Meijer pharmacy. All entities are using a vulnerability index to prioritize appointments.
OSP has prepared, and maintains, a dedicated COVID-19 vaccine webpage with helpful information for our affiliated physicians. The page includes information such as:
- Direct phone numbers and emails for local county health departments
- How to register for vaccine through approved pharmacy networks (i.e. Meijer)
- Steps to register your primary care practice to distribute vaccine
- Quick links with patient education/informational material