Coldwater, MI – The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJCHA) announced
today that it has received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and with additional doses of Moderna
and Pfizer being received, is scheduling over 4,700 vaccine
appointments for this coming week. This is the highest amount of
vaccine BHSHCHA has received in a week.
Many more people are now eligible to receive the vaccine,
including 50+ with a chronic health care condition and by Monday,
March 22 anyone 50+ as well as anyone 16+ with a chronic health
care condition can receive the vaccine. And by April 5th all
individuals who live and work in the tri-county area will be able to
register to receive the vaccine in one of the many vaccine clinics
held by BHSJCHA.
Individuals without internet access will need help to schedule an
appointment. Friends and family members are encouraged to
help these individuals’ sign-up to get the vaccine. For those that
have no one to assist them, the local Area Agency on Aging stands ready to assist.
Above, Morelia Chavez receives
her dose of the Johnson and
Johnson vaccine from a member
of the National Guard.
Seniors, ages 60+ without internet access or a friend or family to assist them in signing up online, and
now individuals 50+, can call and be put on a waitlist. Leave a message with the senior’s name,
phone number, and city of residence at 517-278-2538 if in Branch or St. Joseph counties and 517-
592-1705 in Hillsdale County to be put on a wait list. Please note it will be quicker for a family or
friend to assist a senior in obtaining an appointment through the website than to wait for an
appointment through this list.
BHSJCHA is following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services prioritization
guidelines and currently vaccinating
• Individuals 60 years of age and older
• Frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal
workers and jail and prison staff; and preK-12 teachers and childcare providers
• Congregate Care facilities
• Food processing workers, including especially meat processing and meatpacking facilities;
processing of fruit and vegetables; dairy processing; animal feed manufacturing; food and
animal feed ingredient manufacturing; beverage production; and the production of food
• Farmers and farm workers, including migrant and seasonal workers, involved in raising,
cultivating, harvesting, packing, storing, and distributing agricultural commodities, and who are
by the nature of their work in close proximity and contact with other people. Agricultural
workers who do not work in an environment where they work in close proximity to others do
NOT qualify at this time.
• People ages 50 years old and up with chronic health care conditions and disabilities
• Caregiver family members and guardians age 16 and older of children who have special health
• By March 22nd; anyone 50+
• By March 22nd, anyone 16+ with a chronic healthcare condition
Upcoming vaccination clinics and available appointments are posted to http://www.bhsj.org each Monday
morning at 9:00am. Individuals in the priority groups listed above can schedule an appointment at that
time, provided an appointment is available when they reach the site.
While the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines all prevent severe illness from
Covid-19 and death, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has the added benefit of only requiring one
dose. “One vaccine is not better than another,” says Rebecca Burns, Health Officer. “Get whichever
vaccine you can get as soon as possible. Any Covid vaccine received is better than none.”
BHSJCHA is committed to promoting wellness, preventing disease, providing healthcare, and
protecting the environment. For additional information, contact your local health department office or
visit http://www.bhsj.org and follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BHSJCHA.