Berrien County receives first shipment of Moderna vaccine

Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 29, 2020

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. — The Berrien County Health Department has received its first round of doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Frontline workers have already begun to receive their initial doses of the vaccine, according to the health department.

“Vaccination is a critical tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and bringing an end to this pandemic,” says health officer Nicki Britten. “This is what public health is here for; this safe and effective vaccine will be an important step forward in protecting the health of residents of Berrien County.”

The Berrien County Health Department says it is following guidance issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, adding that they are focused on vaccinating individuals that fall under Phase 1-A, including EMS personnel, medical first responders and those living and working in long-term care facilities.

Individuals that fall under Priority Group 3 are expected to receive the vaccine starting within the next ten days.

The Berrien County Health Department advises those who have been vaccinated to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash hands until the pandemic situation is significantly curbed.

For updates on the county’s vaccination efforts, click here.