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COVID Vaccine Now Available to Everyone in Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph Counties

Monday March 29, 2021

Available to people 16 Years of age and older while COVID positivity rate increases

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJCHA) has removed all barriers to receiving the COVID-19 Vaccination in the tri-county area. Appointments are available now at BHSJ website and there is no cost, no insurance card will be requested, and we will accept any form of ID for individuals seeking vaccination. “Everyone 16 years of age and older can schedule an appointment at a clinic offered by our Agency to receive the vaccine,” states Rebecca Burns, Health Officer. “And for those that can’t make it into one of our vaccine clinics there are other locations in the tri-county area receiving vaccine and offering appointments to the public.”

Because of the increase in COVID-19 positive casesin the tri-county area (as of March 23rd 11.2% in Branch, 9.3% in St. Joseph, and 12.3% in Hillsdale - MI Safe Start Map, 2021) and throughout Michigan it is more important than ever to get vaccinated. Individuals that are fully vaccinated who have had close contact with a COVID positive person are not required to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. Therefore, fully vaccinated people are protected and can still leave their home to go work, go to school, enjoy a meal at their favorite restaurant, and interact with friends and family while continuing to practice strategies that reduce transmissionof the virus like wearing a mask when in public.