How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Michigan

Sarah Rahal, The Detroit News
·9 min read

Feb. 24—As Michigan surpasses inoculating half a million residents, many are wondering how, and when, they can secure their own doses.

While the state has for weeks been focused on healthcare workers, long-term care residents and staff, people 65 and older, front-line essential workers, childcare and K-12 staff, eligibility is expected to open up to a larger number of Michiganians.

For example, employees in the food processing and agricultural industries are expected to be eligible March 1.

State health officials project that by May other essential front-line workers and people ages 16 to 64 with a health condition that puts them at high risk will be able to get shots. By July, they anticipate moving on to inoculate all remaining essential workers.

However, some cities like Detroit are already vaccinating people age 60 and older and people with disabilities, so it's important to know the rules where you live or work.

About 15.1% of Michigan residents have one dose, and 7.3% — or 589,944 people — have completed both doses, according to the state. Most residents are being vaccinated through hospital systems.

As of Tuesday, 1.78 million doses have been administered of 2.3 million doses distributed to the state, said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

"Michiganders age 65 and older can be vaccinated via the health systems, local health departments, federally qualified health centers and retail pharmacies like Meijer and Rite Aid," Sutfin said.

All residents are encouraged to visit local health department websites or hospitals for how to register or registration forms.

Health officials say residents should not visit without an appointment. Because there are limited numbers of doses in Michigan, appointments may not yet be available.

Call the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 535-6136 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check additional vaccination sites below, and local pharmacies like Meijer

Call 2-1-1 for assistance connecting to your local testing site.

Residents in every Michigan county can find their local information on the map here.

Here's a breakdown by county and city:

Macomb

Macomb County is vaccinating residents ages 60 and older along with front-line and essential workers. The county has 54,389 active cases of COVID-19, resulting in 1,825 deaths. As of Tuesday, 13.1% of residents have received one dose.

To make an appointment by phone call (586) 463-8777 or register online at www.MacombGov.org/covidvaccine. Vaccines are being administered at the Verkuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road in Clinton Township.

There are currently no appointments available, but county officials are expected to announce additional clinics on Wednesday. The county health department has administered 39,228 doses, received 4,700 doses in its last shipment and has 15,497 appointments already set.

The SMART bus system is fielding calls and registering seniors on a waitlist, which the county will use to set up appointments when vaccines are available. SMART will also make transportation arrangements for those who request assistance.

Seniors should call the SMART Macomb Vaccine Hotline at (586) 421-6579 to register for the county waitlist.

The county health department is also partnering with Meijer to administer the vaccine to seniors 65 years and older at two unnamed sites. To register, text COVID to 75049 or go online at clinic.meijer.com.

Several Rite-Aids in the county are also accepting appointments for seniors. Schedule online at www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said Thursday his county requests 50,000 doses from the federal government every Friday and was severely limited in its last allocation of 4,700 on Tuesday, 1,500 fewer than the previous week.

"When you open it up to the various occupations, the senior categories we've opened it up to, you're talking upwards of 250,000 people that are eligible for 4,700 doses from our health department and people get frustrated," Hackel said. "We opened our phone lines and website today, and within nine minutes, those were who on the website were already spoken for."

More information on Macomb County vaccinations here.

Oakland

In its latest shipment, the Oakland County Health Department received 18,625 doses, more than double the amount of vaccines in previous weeks. The county has administered 13,568 doses. As of Tuesday, 15.8% of residents have received one dose.

To join the waiting list, use the county's Save Your Spot link on its website, oaklandcountyvaccine.com. Residents can also text OAKGOV to 28748 for updates. For anyone unable to complete the form, call the health hotline at (800) 848-5533.

Once notified by email, you have 48-hours to make your appointment. Appointment locations may be at one of five drive-thru clinics or at a single-day large vaccination site.

There are still thousands of healthcare workers and long-term care staff and residents who still need to be vaccinated, according to its website, including more than 70 long-term care facilities not covered by the federal contract with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.

Honor Community Health, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, and Meijer are the county's current COVID vaccine provider partners to administer the vaccines within a week. The past couple of weeks, Oakland County has distributed 1,950 doses to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 975 doses to Meijer, and 300 doses to Honor Community Health.

"Oakland County Health Division has the capacity to administer up to 20,000 doses of COVID vaccine a week on our own," Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford said in a press release. "Once adequate supply is available and we receive more than 20,000 doses a week, it will take this public-private partnership to ensure we can vaccinate residents quickly. We are establishing the provider relationships and infrastructure now, so we are ready when that moment comes."

More information on Oakland County vaccinations here.

Wayne

Wayne County Public Health has administered 36,601 vaccines and is scheduled to administer another 13,000 doses this week, aside from its healthcare partners. As of Tuesday, 14.7% of residents, outside of Detroit, have received one dose.

The county opened several free clinics to vaccinate seniors this week including:

Canton: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway. Registration (734) 203-7657

Inkster: 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Booker T. Dozier Center, 2025 Middlebelt Road. Registration: (313) 563-4236 ext. 2383

Melvindale: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday at Melvindale Community Center, 4300 S. Dearborn Street. Registration: (313) 914-2178

City of Wayne: 9 a.m. — noon Friday at Hype Athletic Center, 4635 Howe Road. Registration: (734) 722-2204 or email cityclerk@cityofwayne.com.

Livonia- Livonia will be vaccinating residents 65 and older. Register on VaccinateLivonia.org or by calling (734) 466-2019. As of Tuesday, the city says all appointments for this week are full.

More information on Wayne County vaccinations here.

Detroit

The Detroit Health Department receives a weekly allotment of 15,000 doses. The city has received 76,620 doses to date, administered 70,661 and has 43,821 appointments scheduled. As of Tuesday, 8.9% of residents have received one dose.

Detroit has opened vaccinations to anyone who works in the food industry, anyone age 60 or older and anyone with various older with chronic medical conditions as well as essential front-line workers, including teachers, childcare providers and city and federal workers.

Any resident or city worker eligible should call to make an appointment and anticipate waiting for an hour at the TCF Center drive-thru vaccine site.

Senior Saturdays are by appointment only for city residents 65 years and older. Appointments are available for Feb. 27 through March 20 at:

— Fellowship Chapel at 7707 West Outer Drive

— Second Ebenezer Church at 14601 Dequindre

— Grace Community Church at 21001 Moross Road

— and Kemeny Recreation Center at 2260 S. Fort Street

Residents can call (313) 230-0505 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. to schedule an appointment at any location. — More: FEMA officials eye Detroit's Ford Field for mass vaccination clinic

More information on Detroit's vaccinations here.

Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is vaccinating K-12 schools and childcare workers, first responders, corrections staff, congregate living staff and residents 65 or older.

Those 65 and older can now complete a pre-registration form to be placed on a waitlist.

The county health department has held three clinics in the past week distributing 2,913 doses.

More information on Kalamazoo County vaccinations here.

Kent

Kent County health officials are focusing on essential workers and seniors 65 and older.

Eligible West Michigan residents can register through local health departments and hospitals online at vaccinatewestmi.com/register/

More information on Kent County vaccinations here.

Washtenaw

The Washtenaw County Health Department is focusing on essential, front-line workers and those age 65 and older. Eligible residents can fill out a vaccine request online.

If you cannot complete the link online, call (734) 544-6700 or 2-1-1.

More information on Washtenaw vaccinations here.

Lower Peninsula

Livingston County — Currently vaccinating 1b essential workers and seniors. Fill out a form online with the Livingston County Health Department.

Hillsdale County — Hillsdale Community Health is vaccinating those ages 60 and older in Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph counties through online registration.

Residents in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola or Roscommon counties can join Central Michigan District Health Department's waitlist online.

Residents in Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties can submit a pre-registration vaccine request online.

St. Clair County is also offering online pre-registration for those who live or work in the county.

Upper Peninsula

Marquette County Health Department staff will be calling residents from the pre-registration list on Monday and Tuesday for appointments. There will be about 1,100 appointments available.

If you have registered, pay attention for a phone call from (906) 475-9977, or a similar number. Two call attempts will be made. Do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment.

Anyone 65 or older wanting to be on the pre-registration list can visit mqthealth.org or call (906) 475-7847, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is vaccinating those in phase 1b scheduling on for Iron County residents only starting 8 a.m. Tuesday. Schedule an appointment at didhd.org or call 906-774-1868 to schedule.

Alger County — visit LMASDHD.org to access the online waiting list forms for seniors and essential workers or call 906-387-2297.

Schoolcraft County — Call Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital at (906) 341-3775 to schedule an appointment or get on their waiting list or register online.

Luce County — To be put on a list to schedule a vaccine appointment, visit online or leave a message at the COVID-19 Vaccination voicemail box by calling (906) 293-9289.

Mackinac County — Visit LMASDHD.org to access the online waiting list forms or call Mackinac Straits Health System at (906)328-2159 or LMAS at 906-643-1100 if you need assistance with being placed on a waiting list.

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