COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated March 29, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced it is expanding vaccine eligibility starting Monday, March 8. Individuals aged 50 and up with medical conditions and disabilities, as well as caregiver family members and guardians aged 16 and older of children who have special health care needs, will be eligible for vaccination. On Monday, March 22, eligibility will expand to everyone aged 50 and over, as well as people aged 16 and up who have disabilities and/or medical conditions, as well as their caregiver family members and guardians. On Monday, April 5, eligibility expands to all people aged 16 and up. However, newly eligible individuals can complete the LCHD COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form, and will likely have to wait several weeks or more (depending on supplies) before an appointment is available.


Although eligibility is expanding, the Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) will continue to prioritize older and vulnerable individuals who already signed up to receive the vaccine. While vaccine supply is increasing, it still does not meet the demand locally. Individuals who completed the COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form will be sorted by priority group and randomly selected to schedule appointments as they become available.


COVID-19-Vaccination-Interest-Form-Large-Icon.pngIf you are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, please complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment when we are able to offer you a vaccination. If you cannot complete the form online, call 211 and ask for assistance signing up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Please reserve phone lines for those who cannot access online resources. Have questions? Read our Q&A infographic here.

Already vaccinated? Click here to remove your name from our COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form.



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A COVID-19 vaccine will be critical in slowing the spread and helping communities recover from the pandemic. Stopping a pandemic will take ALL our tools: handwashing, masks, social distancing, and vaccines. Together, these tools offer the best chance of getting our communities, schools, and work sites back to normal. Please remember we will need to continue using prevention strategies as vaccines become more widely available and for some time after.


Who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine?

Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) is currently vaccinating healthcare workers, residents age 65 and older, residents age 50 and older with pre-existing conditions, and some frontline essential workers - including police officers, first responders, jail and juvenile center staff, and preK-12 teachers and childcare providers. This is in accordance with the Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance.

LCHD reminds residents that even if you are now eligible for vaccination, it does not mean vaccination is immediately available to you. We are working to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments as fast as we can, but we are limited by supply.  At this time, tens of thousands of Livingston County residents are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. However, the current vaccine supply does not meet this demand. Future vaccine shipment dates and quantities are not guaranteed, making it difficult to provide estimated timelines. We ask residents to please remain patient, as we cannot vaccinate everyone eligible immediately. Please complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form to be added to our contact list for future vaccination appointments. 


Where can I get vaccinated?

While supply remains limited, some doctor’s offices, clinics, and pharmacies who are enrolled in the vaccination program are beginning to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. It is best to add your name to multiple waiting lists.  In addition to completing our COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form, you can also check the websites of your primary healthcare provider and local pharmacy for more information about being added to their vaccination waiting list.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Ford Field in Detroit: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says this mass vaccination site is set to officially open on March 24th, and will operate seven days a week, from 8am to 8:30pm through mid-May. Sign-up is available through three options:

  1. Online at meijer.com/register/CL2021
  2. Text EndCOVID to 75049
  3. Call the MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1)

Kroger Pharmacy: Kroger store pharmacies in Michigan are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals must meet the current phase eligibility criteria in order to make a vaccination appointment at https://www.kroger.com/rx/covid-eligibility or by calling 866-211-5320.

Meijer Pharmacy: Meijer Pharmacy offers a COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration process, which anyone can use to add their name to Meijer’s waiting list. Complete the pre-registration process at: https://clinic.meijer.com/.  

Rite Aid Pharmacy: Rite Aid has also begun offering limited vaccination appointments.  When appointments are available, you will be able to view and schedule them at: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier.

LCHD Vaccination Appointments

COVID-19 vaccination will be offered by appointment only.  Livingston County Health Department is currently vaccinating individuals within Phases 1A, 1B, and some 1C of the Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance. Appointments will be added based on the vaccine supply received. Please continue to check this webpage for timely updates.

If you are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Check to see if vaccination is available through your primary healthcare provider by visiting their website or patient portal. If vaccine is unavailable through other means, you can complete our COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form. This form will help us determine the phase and priority group for individuals to receive the vaccine and collect contact information. When we are able to offer you COVID-19 vaccination, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

If you already have an appointment: Bring a driver's license or photo identification with current address. Work or student identification may also be required at your appointment. Please wear a short sleeve shirt or shirt with a sleeve that can be rolled to the top of your arm.


Priorities and Phases in Michigan

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that residents and employees of nursing homes and similar facilities and health care workers be the first people in the United States to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. States have the option to tailor vaccine priorities for their state. Michigan has released prioritization guidance in accordance with the ACIP. Click here to see the full Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance.

  • Phase 1A: 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.
  • Phase 1B: Persons 75 years of age or older, frontline essential workers incritical infrastructure, and residents in congregate settings not covered in Phase 1A.
  • Phase 1C: 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.
  • Phase 2: Individuals aged 16 years or older.

How does vaccine distribution work?

In the United States, three COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization. Shipments of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have begun. Other vaccines are being developed and tested, with the possibility of more COVID-19 vaccines becoming available in the future.

Livingston County Health Department has received initial shipments of COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination clinics are underway. As a local health department, we are responsible for supporting emergency vaccine distribution and have plans in place to do so. As more vaccine becomes available to LCHD, we will work to coordinate additional vaccination clinics throughout the community and notify priority groups of their eligibility to receive the vaccine. Currently, supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine at the local level remain limited.


What does this mean for me?

Initial vaccine shipments are expected to be small. Due to the limited supply, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance. This guidance outlines several phases and priority groups, which we will utilize during our vaccine distribution efforts.

Please be patient. It may take weeks or months to move through the phases, depending on vaccine supplies. We are working as fast as possible to provide more detailed information. Continue to check this webpage for timely updates regarding vaccine availability.


This webpage is being updated as new information becomes available. Please direct your questions to COVID19@livgov.com.



 COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

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When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?,

We are working to schedule vaccine appointments as fast as we can, but we are limited by supply. Future vaccine shipment dates and quantities are not guaranteed, so we cannot provide estimated vaccination dates.

Vaccination appointments will be offered to priority groups as outlined within the Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance. This guidance outlines several phases and priority groups, which we will utilize during our vaccine distribution efforts.

Individuals who completed Livingston County's COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form will be sorted by priority group and randomly selected to schedule appointments as they become available. Please be patient and continue to check this webpage for timely updates regarding vaccine availability.

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?,

​The number of doses required depends on the manufacturer.

The Pfizer and Moderna 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 should be administered between 3-6 weeks after the first. The second dose of the Moderna vaccine should be administered between 4-6 weeks after the first.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

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.


In the meantime, you can add your name to multiple waiting lists:

In addition to completing our COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form, you can also check the websites of your primary healthcare provider and local pharmacy for more information about being added to their vaccination waiting list. See more locations below.


COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Ford Field in Detroit: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says this mass vaccination site is set to officially open on March 24th, and will operate seven days a week, from 8am to 8:30pm through mid-May. Sign-up is available through three options:

  1. Online at meijer.com/register/CL2021
  2. Text EndCOVID to 75049
  3. Call the MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1)

Kroger Pharmacy: Kroger store pharmacies in Michigan are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals must meet the current phase eligibility criteria in order to make a vaccination appointment at https://www.kroger.com/rx/covid-eligibility or by calling 866-211-5320.

Meijer Pharmacy: Meijer Pharmacy offers a COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration process, which anyone can use to add their name to Meijer’s waiting list. Complete the pre-registration process at: https://clinic.meijer.com/.  

Rite Aid Pharmacy: Rite Aid has also begun offering limited vaccination appointments.  When appointments are available, you will be able to view and schedule them at: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier.


Is the vaccine safe?,

​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’s website:

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.

How are side effects being tracked?
The CDC runs the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), 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.

Can the vaccine give me a COVID-19 Infection?,

​No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. The goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. This means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

Will I test positive for COVID-19 after getting the vaccine?,

​No. Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

Will the mRNA vaccine alter my DNA? ,

​No. mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can most easily be described as instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease.

Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.

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.

How can I help / volunteer?,

​If you are interested in volunteering at one of our vaccination clinics in either a medical or non-medical role, please apply to become a member of our Medical Reserve Corps.

Apply here: https://livingston.applicantpool.com/jobs/154244.html

How can I get an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine?,

Complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form to request a vaccination appointment. If you cannot complete the form online, call us at 517-546-9850 for assistance. Please reserve phone lines for those who cannot access online resources.

No further action is required to request an appointment. Individuals who completed the COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form will be sorted by priority group and randomly selected to schedule appointments as vaccine supplies become available. Please be patient. Supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine at the local level are extremely limited and it may take weeks to months to move through the phases, depending on vaccine supplies.

If you have other questions or concerns, e-mail COVID19@livgov.com and we will respond as soon as we can.

Where will vaccination clinics be located? ,

Locations for vaccine distribution are determined prior to a clinic being scheduled. Locations are chosen based on the population being served and the amount of vaccine being provided during the clinic. Location information is not released until a clinic is scheduled and opened for registration.