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.
If 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.
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:
Online at meijer.com/register/CL2021
Text EndCOVID to 75049
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
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.
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.
1B: Persons 75 years of age or older, frontline essential workers incritical infrastructure, and residents in congregate settings not covered in Phase 1A.
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.
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.