Updated January 20, 2021
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 us at 517-546-9850. Please reserve phone lines for those who cannot access online resources. Have questions? Read our Q&A infographic here.
Update: While COVID-19 vaccine supply is still very limited, Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) has received enough doses this week to open a limited number of appointments to a group of randomly identified residents age 65 and older and some essential workers. Moving forward, LCHD will continue vaccinating individuals within Phases 1A and 1B of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) phased vaccination approach as supplies allow.
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. LCHD reminds residents that even if you are now eligible for vaccination, it does not mean vaccination is immediately available to you. We know it can be frustrating to wait and appreciate your patience. We are committed to administering our vaccine supply as quickly and safely as possible.
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, 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.
COVID-19 vaccination will be offered by appointment only. Livingston County Health Department is currently vaccinating individuals within Phases 1A and 1B 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 includes 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.
1B includes persons 75 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure.
persons 65 to 74 years of age, individuals 16 years of age 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 is a mass vaccination campaign for all individuals aged
16 years or older.
How does vaccine distribution work?
In the United States, two COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization. Shipments of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have begun. Other vaccines are being developed and tested, with the possibility of more COVID-19 vaccines becoming available in the near 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 are extremely limited. Hospital Systems and local health departments are receiving limited doses from the state. CVS and Walgreens are receiving doses from the state to vaccinate residents of nursing homes. As improvements are made in the distribution plan by the federal government, the supply of vaccine will increase as will the number of providers. There may also be large vaccination sites established. The goal is that residents should have multiple options through which to receive a vaccine (including doctor’s offices, clinics, and pharmacies).
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.