COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

DHD#10 is currently vaccinating those in Phase 1A and some of Phase 1B. Please scroll down to Vaccine Distribution for details on who is in each phase. 

CURRENT WAITING LISTS/INTEREST SURVEY

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS IN EACH SECTION AND BOX CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING.

SENIORS 65+
ATTENTION SENIORS AGED 65 AND OLDER LIVING IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: CRAWFORD, KALKASKA, LAKE, MANISTEE, MASON, MECOSTA, MISSAUKEE, NEWAYGO, OCEANA, AND WEXFORD:
  Below are two options for you to get on a waiting list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. While vaccine supply is limited, we do not anticipate being able to vaccinate seniors 65+ on the waiting list until sometime in February or March. 

PLEASE DO NOT DO BOTH. Only choose one option as they both will put you on the same list and may cause duplication. You could be deleted if there are duplicate entries. 
PLEASE READ INFORMATION IN EACH BOX CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING.

Seniors 65+ ONLY
Complete the online Waitlist Registration Link to be put on a waiting list.

The link appears as a scheduling assistant. You are required to select a date and time to move to the next section. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE VACCINE. IT IS JUST A FORMALITY TO GET YOU TO THE NEXT PAGE WHERE YOU ENTER YOUR INFORMATION TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST. PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION ON EACH PAGE CAREFULLY. Once vaccine is available, you will receive an email with your appointment date, time and location. If you do not have an email, please enter 123@dhd10.org and that will signal us to call you with your appointment time. DO NOT ALSO CALL THE HOTLINE TO GET ON THE WAITING LIST AS THIS WILL DUPLICATE YOUR ENTRY. DHD#10 is partnering with the Area Agency on Aging, senior centers, and other partners to assist this effort.

Seniors 65+ ONLY
Call this HOTLINE number:
231-715-5557
to be placed on a waiting list

This hotline is reserved only for older adults who do not have access to technology and are not in contact with a community agency or do not have friends or family that can assist with filling out the online Waitlist Registration. Once you are on the waiting list, you will be contacted as more vaccine is available so you can be scheduled.

DO NOT COMPLETE THE WAITLIST REGISTRATION LINK AND ALSO CALL THE HOTLINE. ONLY DO ONE SO THAT YOU ARE NOT DUPLICATED IN THE SYSTEM. IF THE LINE IS BUSY, TRY AGAIN.

PHASE 1A – HEALTHCARE WORKERS
DHD#10 continues to complete vaccinations for Phase 1A priority group (including paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents in long-term care facilities). If your title puts you in this group, please click on the link below and complete the form so that we can get you scheduled with our current allocation of vaccine.
PLEASE READ INFORMATION IN EACH BOX CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING.

PHASE 1A
Healthcare Workers ONLY
Click on 1A Vaccination Waitlist Link and complete form

Please complete the form ASAP to be placed on our schedule waitlist. We will reach out to your with scheduling information when vaccine is available.

PHASE 1B – PRIORITY FRONTLINE WORKERS – EXCEPT SCHOOLS
DHD#10 is working to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1B. If you fall in this phase, please click on the link below and complete the form so you can be placed on a waitlist. ATTENTION PRE-K-12 SCHOOL STAFF: Please do not complete this form. We are coordinating directly with your school administrators to get you vaccinated. Please reach out to your school administrators for further details. 
PLEASE READ INFORMATION IN EACH BOX CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING.

PHASE 1B
Priority Frontline Workers ONLY
Click on 1B Vaccination Waitlist Link and complete form

The following groups should fill out the waitlist form:
– Law Enforcement
– Fire Departments
– Jail/Corrections Staff
– Child Care/Day Care Staff
– Adult and Child Protective Services
– Homeless Shelter Staff
– Juvenile Facility Staff

SCHOOL STAFF, PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE THIS FORM. WE ARE COORDINATING DIRECTLY WITH YOUR ADMINISTRATORS.

PHASE 1B – GROUP C: INTEREST SURVEY FOR EMPLOYERS ONLY
DHD#10 is in the planning phase to vaccinate Priority PHASE 1B-Group C (Essential workers in sectors essential to the functioning of society and at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 because their work related duties must be performed on site and involve being in close proximity (i.e., within 6 feet) to the public or to coworkers.) THIS FORM IS FOR EMPLOYERS ONLY, NOT INDIVIDUALS. If your organization is in Priority PHASE 1B-Group C, please have one person from your facility complete this form so we have your agency contact information ready when we begin to vaccinate this group. We will reach out to you with scheduling information when your organization is eligible.  NOTE: vaccine supply and shipments are very low and it may take several months to move from one group to the next. 
PLEASE READ INFORMATION IN EACH BOX CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING.

PHASE 1B-Group C
Employers of Essential Workers ONLY
Click on 1B-GC COVID Vaccine Interest Survey Link and complete form

Employers in the following sectors should fill out the interest survey form:
– Food and Agriculture
– Critical Manufacturing
– Public Transit
– Grocery Stores
– U.S. Postal Service
– Non-Hospital Laboratories, Mortuaries, and other facilities with workers with unique skill sets not covered above

PLEASE NOTE: CURRENTLY WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH VACCINE FOR EVERYONE IN THE PRIORITY GROUPS. WE WILL GET MORE BUT IT WILL BE A SLOW PROCESS. PLEASE BE PATIENT. 

Please do not call our offices regarding vaccination OR waitlist unless absolutely necessary. Our phone lines are overloaded with calls and we need our staff to plan and run vaccine clinics. 

If you have a scheduled appointment, you can assist us with filling out the paperwork prior to coming for your appointment. Fill out THIS FORM and bring it with you to your appointment. If you do not have access to a printer, you can fill it out when you arrive to your appointment. THIS FORM IS NOT FOR REGISTERING AN APPOINTMENT. IT IS ONLY THE PAPERWORK NEEDED TO RECEIVE YOUR VACCINE WHEN YOU ARE SCHEDULED.

Items to bring to your appointmentDriver’s License or Photo ID and Insurance Card
The COVID-19 Vaccine is FREE. If you have insurance, we will bill it for an administration fee. If insurance does not pay it, you will not be billed. There is no out-of-pocket expense whatsoever. 

ALL VACCINE CLINICS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

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VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

 

PHASE 1A 

DHD#10 is currently vaccinating individuals in this phase, including paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home as well as residents in long-term care facilities. We are coordinating directly with employers. If you have not been vaccinated, please ask your employer what the process is for getting on the schedule. If you are self-employed, please email covid@dhd10.org and provide your name, business name, and county where you reside. 

Phase 1A is broken down to three priorities:

  • Priority One: Keep critical health care infrastructure open and functioning (i.e., hospitals, critical care units, and emergency medical response systems) through vaccination of staff who perform direct patient care and work in critical areas including:
    • Group A: Emergency medical service providers, including medical first responders
    • Group B: General medical floor
    • Group C: Emergency department
    • Group D: Intensive care units
  • Priority Two: Prevent outbreaks and protect residents in long-term care facilities.
    • Group A: Vaccinate workers who have direct contact with large number of vulnerable residents. Note this would include staff who come in and out of the buildings.
      • Skilled nursing facility staff
      • Psychiatric hospital staff
      • Homes for aged staff
      • Adult foster care centers staff
      • Assisted living facility staff
      • Home health care workers caring for high-risk clients with large patient loads (e.g. people with a tracheostomy/ventilator at home)
    • Group B: Vaccinate vulnerable residents in long-term care facilities
      • Skilled nursing facility residents
      • Psychiatric hospitals patients
      • Homes for aged residents
      • Adult foster care centers residents
      • Assisted living facility residents
  • Priority Three: Keep necessary health care infrastructure functioning.
    • Group A: Vaccinate workers with direct patient contact who conduct high risk procedures (e.g., dentists, endoscopy, dialysis).
    • Group B: Vaccinate other workers who have direct patient contact, including outpatient, urgent care, ambulatory care, and home health care.
    • Group C: Vaccinate workers with specialized skills critical to health care system functioning who have indirect patient contact (e.g. hospital and public health laboratories, pharmacy, and medical waste handlers).

PHASE 1B

DHD#10 is vaccinating some in Phase 1B. While vaccine supply is limited, we are prioritizing Group A listed below. We are also beginning to vaccinate some school staff. Please see the 1B Waitlist Link above to be placed on our waiting list. You will be contacted when the vaccine is available to be scheduled to receive it. ATTENTION SCHOOLS – please do not complete the Waitlist form as we are working directly with your school administrators to plan for your vaccine clinics.

PHASE 1B is broken down into three groups and includes:

  • GROUP APersons 65 years of age or older not covered in Phase 1A. This includes those in a congregate setting that were not reached in Phase 1A.
  • GROUP B: Prioritized frontline workers whose work role has frequent or intense exposure, and, due to the nature of the work, are not able to maintain social distance. For example, a first responder may have to physically touch other people in their response, and a child care provider cannot maintain social distance from children when caring for their physical needs. The specific prioritized categories are:
    • Pre-Kindergarten through high school teachers, support staff and child care workers who usually have direct contact with children
    • First responders not covered in Phase 1A (e.g., firefighters, police, conservation officers, inspectors)
    • Corrections workers (e,g,, staff in prisons, jails, juvenile justice facilities)
    • Workers in homeless shelters, congregate child care institutions, and adult and child protective services
  • GROUP C: Other frontline essential workers in sectors essential to the functioning of society and at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 because their work related duties must be performed on site and involve being in close proximity (i.e., within 6 feet) to the public or to coworkers. DHD#10 will be posting a COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Survey for employers in the groups listed below to fill out so we have an idea of how many employees wish to receive the vaccine. Please check back soon for the link.
    • Food and agriculture workers
    • Critical manufacturing workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers
    • U.S. Postal Service workers
    • Workers with unique skill sets not covered above, such as non-hospital laboratories and mortuary services

If further sub-prioritization is needed of frontline essential workers due to limited vaccine supply, local health departments may consider prioritizing workers in locations of their jurisdiction where high rates of transmission and/or outbreaks have occurred and/or workers who are at increased risk for severe illness based on age or underlying medical conditions.

PHASE 1C

PHASE 1C includes: Individuals age 16 years or older at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 infection and some other essential workers whose position impacts life, safety, and protection during the COVID-19 response.

  • Individuals age 16 to 64 years with COPD, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, obesity or other conditions that puts them at high risk of negative COVID-19 outcome.
  • Some other essential workers whose work must be performed on site, not covered in prior Phases, will also likely be vaccinated during this phase most likely in the summer.

MDHHS will adapt this guidance as vaccine availability becomes clearer.

PHASE 2

Individuals 16 years of age or older – all individuals who did not otherwise fit into the earlier groups for whom the vaccine is recommended.

It is important to note that vaccination in one phase may not be complete before vaccination in another phase begins. There may be vaccination of individuals in different phases that occurs simultaneously.

COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline

ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE 

In an effort to provide more insight, DHD#10 Medical Director, Dr. Jennifer Morse, produced some helpful videos on the mRNA vaccine and on the development and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Infographic on developing the COVID-19 vaccine
Infographic on mRNA vaccine

SECOND DOSES

The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series consist of two doses administered intramuscularly:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (30 µg, 0.3 ml each): 3 weeks (21 days) apart
  • Moderna (100 µg, 0.5 ml): 1 month (28 days) apart

Persons should not be scheduled to receive the second dose earlier than recommended (i.e., 3 weeks [Pfizer-BioNTech] or 1 month [Moderna]). However, second doses administered within a grace period of 4 days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are still considered valid. Doses inadvertently administered earlier than the grace period should not be repeated.

The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.

COVID-19 DATA DASHBOARD

For the most up-to-date data on COVID-19 Vaccine distribution, MDHHS now has a COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. MDHHS is tracking the number of enrolled providers, vaccines shipped, doses administered, and doses by vaccine. You can see the numbers overall for the state, or select your region, local health department, provider, or county for more detailed information.

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES & INFORMATION

COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs 

Will COVID-19 vaccination help keep me from getting COVID-19?

Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Stopping the pandemic requires using all the tools we have available.

Is there a cost to get vaccinated?

No fees will be charged to get vaccinated. There will be no cost sharing from insurance plans. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. COVID-19 providers agree to administer vaccine regardless of an individual’s ability to pay and regardless of their coverage status, and may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from a vaccine recipient. However, vaccine providers will be able to charge administration fees for giving or administering the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

Will more than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine be required?

Yes. The current vaccines need two shots to be effective. It is very important that you receive the vaccine from the same manufacturer both times and get the doses within the required time frame to ensure the best protection from COVID-19. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine the second dose needs to be 21 days after the first dose, and the second dose of the Moderna vaccine needs to be 28 days after the first.

How will I be reminded to get the second dose?

DHD#10 is scheduling your second dose vaccine at your first dose appointment. COVID-19 vaccination record cards (reminder cards) will be provided when you receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The card provides room for a written reminder for a second-dose appointment. If you have a smartphone, consider taking a photo of your vaccination record and entering the date the next vaccine dose is due in your calendar.

To ensure the best protection from COVID-19, it is very important to not skip the second dose. The second dose must be from the same vaccine manufacturer, so it will be important to ensure that where you receive your second dose has the right vaccine. If you can, it would be best to follow up with the same provider who gave you your first shot.

Can any doctor’s office, clinic, or pharmacy offer the COVID-19 vaccine?

Initially, the federal government will distribute a limited supply of vaccine to each state. Michigan has allocated this limited supply to hospitals and health care settings where workers have contact with patients. Long term care facilities where some of the most vulnerable people live will also receive supply, which will be distributed through pharmacies and local health departments with support from the Michigan National Guard.

Doctor’s offices, clinics, and pharmacies who are enrolled in the vaccination program can offer the vaccine when the vaccine becomes available to them. As supply increases, doctor’s offices, clinics, and pharmacies will be able to obtain the vaccine directly, hopefully in late Spring 2021.

Will people who have already had COVID-19 be able to get vaccinated?

Yes. People who have had COVID-19 can still get a vaccine. CDC recommends getting it after you have recovered. You should check with your health care provider if you have questions.

If I already had COVID-19, should I get vaccinated? Shouldn’t I be immune?

Yes, you should still get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you have had COVID-19. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this.

Do I need to keep wearing a mask after I get vaccinated?

Yes. Michiganders should continue to wear masks, social distance from those not in their household and wash their hands, even after receiving vaccine. More information is available on the CDC website in their FAQ document posted at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Is the vaccine safe?

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. Safety is the first priority. The process used to approve the COVID-19 vaccines is the same proven process that was used to create safe and effective vaccines for the flu, polio, measles, whooping cough and more. While the COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine authorized or approved for use.
More information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is available at the CDC and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) website:
• CDC Vaccine Benefits website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html
• CDC Vaccine Safety website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
• CHOP website: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/making-vaccines/prevent-covid

Can any doctor’s office, clinic, or pharmacy offer the COVID-19 vaccine?

Doctor’s offices, clinics, and pharmacies who are enrolled in the vaccination program can offer the vaccine when the vaccine becomes available to them. Initially the federal government will distribute a limited supply of vaccine to each state. Michigan will allocate this limited supply to hospitals and health care settings where workers have contact with patients. Later distribution will be coordinated through local health departments, and eventually as supply increases doctor’s offices, clinics, and pharmacies will be able to obtain the vaccine directly.

Will people who have already had COVID-19 be able to get vaccinated?

There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until we have a vaccine available and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) makes recommendations to CDC on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines, there will not be any information available on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
More information is available on the CDC website in their FAQ document.

Is the vaccine safe?

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is available in the United States. The process used to approve the COVID-19 vaccines is the same proven process that was used to create safe and effective vaccines for the flu, polio, measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and more. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible through the help of global cooperation and unprecedented public and private funding, our routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible.

How can a safe vaccine be made so quickly?

Vaccine development typically takes many years. However, scientists had already begun research for coronavirus vaccines during previous outbreaks caused by related coronaviruses (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). That earlier research provided a head start for rapid development of vaccines to protect against infection with COVID-19. No steps were skipped in the development of this vaccine but modifications to the process were made to shorten the timeline without sacrificing safety, such as:
• Overlapping phase I and phase II clinical trials. Phase I studies include a small number of people and evaluate whether the vaccine causes an immune response and is safe. Scientists looked at data from a group of people in phase I as phase II was progressing to make these evaluations.
• While completing large phase III trials, manufacturers began producing the vaccine, so that if it were shown to be safe and effective, they would have large numbers of doses ready.
• While waiting for a vaccine to be ready, many other aspects of vaccine delivery were prepared (e.g., developing plans for how to distribute the first, limited quantities available, ensuring adequate supplies for distributing and administering vaccine.)
More information is available at the CHOP website: https://www.chop.edu/navigating-covid-19-resources-parents.

Can this vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. This vaccine gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so your body can fight it off in the future.

Can I get other vaccines at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine?

CDC recommends that no other vaccine be given 14 days before or after you get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can women who are pregnant get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The CDC has recommended that pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant may be offered the vaccine, if they are in one of the vaccine priority groups and in consultation with their health care provider.

Are there any tests people have to get before getting the vaccine?

The CDC is not recommending a routine pregnancy test or an antibody blood test for COVID-19 before you get the vaccine. You should talk with your health care provider about any questions you have due to your personal, specific medical history.

Does the vaccine have any side effects?

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some mild side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. You may experience a low-grade fever, headache, and just a general feeling of “not yourself”. These are signs that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to, which is produce an immune response for you to have protection against this disease.

If you have additional questions, you can contact us at the MDHHS COVID Hotline at 1-888-535-6136.

Can people with a history of allergic reactions get the vaccine?

Most people who have food or environmental allergies can still get the vaccine. Prior to getting vaccinated, talk to your health care provider if you have had any severe reactions to medicines or vaccines in the past. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare and severe allergic reactions. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/allergic-reaction.html

How are side effects being tracked?

The CDC runs the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) https://vaers.hhs.gov/index.html, a national system to detect any possible symptoms or side effects that occur after someone has had a vaccine. Anyone who has had a vaccine can report concerns to VAERS.

What is V-safe?

When you get your vaccine, you will get a link to access the “V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker” for your phone. Through V-safe, you can quickly tell the CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. CDC may follow up by phone to get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get the second COVID-19 vaccine dose when needed.

When will the vaccine be available?

Michigan began receiving vaccine the week of December 14th. Due to the limited supply, MDHHS has prioritized how the vaccine will be distributed. Supply of the vaccine will increase substantially over the next few months. Those eligible to receive the vaccine will progress as supply increases.

Can I get the second dose of the vaccine in a different state than where I got the first dose?

It’s important to get the second dose of the same vaccine in the time frame required for your vaccine. You might be able to get that in a different state, but you should check before traveling to ensure availability in that state. Consult that state’s COVID-19 vaccine website. Make sure you have your immunization records, including the card when you get your first dose.

Who will get the vaccine first?

Distribution of the vaccine in Michigan will be in a phased approach because it will be several months before supply increases enough to vaccinate everyone.

The CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have defined different vaccination phases. The ACIP recently voted to update interim vaccine allocation recommendations. For further information review, The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Updated Interim Recommendation for Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm695152e2.htm?s_cid=mm695152e2_e&ACSTrackingID=USCDC_921-DM45302&ACSTrackingLabel=MMWR%20Early%20Release%20-%20Vol.%2069%2C%20De

Do we have to wait for one group to be vaccinated before the next group can receive vaccine? How long will it take to move between phases?

Vaccination of groups in one phase will likely not be complete before vaccination in another phase begins. Vaccination in these phases will likely overlap.

The timing of the start of vaccination in a phase is dependent on the guidance from CDC or ACIP, supply of vaccine from the manufacturer, how vaccine is allocated from the federal level to Michigan, and capacity to administer the vaccine to populations.

We hope to be able to offer vaccination to all individuals age 16 or older in Michigan in late spring. Individuals 16 and 17 years of age will need to receive the Pfizer vaccine only. The Moderna vaccine is only recommended for those 18 years and older.

Why are the phases changing?

MDHHS has revised the implementation schedule in order to achieve the following goals:
• Efficiency. In order to vaccinate rapidly, MDHHS has limited the use of complex eligibility rules, including rules for determining who is a frontline or essential worker. For the next stage of the rollout, MDHHS has limited the Phase 1B essential workers category to workers who have high levels of personal exposure (Phase 1B, Group B).

• Effectiveness. While moving quickly, MDHHS is also targeting vaccine to those at greatest risk. To date, 80% of deaths have occurred among those 65 and older. In addition to vaccinating Michiganders who are 75+ in Phase 1B (Phase 1B, Group A), MDHHS is accelerating to vaccinate individuals 65-74 years old in Phase 1C,

• Equity. In this phase, MDHHS is accelerating implementation of vaccination of 65-74 years due to concern around disparity in life expectancy by race/ethnicity for this group (Phase 1C, Group A). The simplicity of criteria will limit differential access to system based on income or privilege.

How is this following ACIP?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidance and recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccination phases can be found here. Currently, we are ensuring that all of phase 1A is vaccinated as recommended by the ACIP. There are times in which you may see an overlap of phases. One phase will not necessarily be completed before moving onto another phase. This is referred to as “gating.” Recently ACIP gave additional guidance on phase 1B and 1C. MDHHS updated their prioritization guidance to reflect this. MDHHS has expanded and moved to recommending all those 65 years and older be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine. We have expanded further to ensure all those who are higher risk due to age are vaccinated. This still falls within the guidance provided by ACIP but altered slightly the order at which people are being vaccinated.

I am a Phase 1A worker, can I still get a vaccine?

Yes. As we move forward through phases and open our vaccination services more, we can still ensure that all eligible persons from previous phases and those who missed opportunities during any phase can be vaccinated. ACIP has put forth guidance that states it is not necessary to vaccinate all individuals in one phase before initiating the next phase; phases may overlap.

I am a Health Care Provider, and I haven't been vaccinated yet, what do I do?

If you are a health care provider who hasn’t been vaccinated and you are part of a larger health system, you need to reach out to your employer to see if they have a plan in place on when and how you can get vaccinated. They will help guide you through their COVID-19 vaccination plan and assist you with when and how you can receive vaccine.
If you are not part of a health system and need to be vaccinated, you should reach out to your local health department to schedule to get vaccinated. Please do not call the health department but go to www.Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine to find out how to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.

How do I sign up to get vaccinated?

First you need to be sure that you fall within the priority group currently recommended to receive vaccine. You can determine what priority group you are in and if you are eligible to receive vaccine at this time by reviewing the the priority guidance listed under Vaccine Distribution on this page. To make an appointment to receive your vaccine, do not call the health department but click on the appropriate link at the top of this page to get on the waiting list for your priority group. If you do not see a link for your group posted, please check back as they will be added when DHD#10 is ready to prioritize your group.

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