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Page updated 1/16/2021

**1/15/2021 Update - COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Registration**
Please do not show up unexpectedly at the Health Department; vaccine will NOT be available at the Health Department. 

On January 19, 2021 beginning at 9 AM, a link will be updated in our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information section below for scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the following dates: January 20, 21, and 22.
Groups qualifying to receive the vaccination according to guidance set by MDHHS include individuals ages 65+ and SELECT frontline essential workers (see COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information section for qualifying list), along with those individuals from Phase 1A who have not yet received vaccination. Currently clinics are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and are not walk-in clinics.

January 15, 2021 - Monroe County COVID-19 Vaccination Update Press Release

1/16/2021 UPDATE - Monroe News PRINT EDITION Error:
We were informed this morning that today's PRINT edition of the Monroe News listed the incorrect days for next week's COVID-19 vaccination registration opening and clinics. Online and phone registration for next week's clinics will open at 9 AM on Tuesday 1/19. Our COVID-19 clinics will be offered Wednesday 1/20, Thursday 1/21, and Friday 1/22. Please share this information with any print readers of the Monroe News. We have informed the Monroe News of this error and requested they print a correction; the dates listed in their online version of the article were accurate.

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. Taken together, these tools offer the best chance of getting our communities, schools, and work sites back to normal sooner. Please remember we will need to continue using prevention strategies as a vaccine becomes available and for some time after.
Where can I find additional COVID-19 vaccine information?

MCHD Vaccine Clinic Info

Who is currently eligible to schedule an appointment?

  • People who are health care workers or working or residing in long-term care facilities (Phase 1A groups)
  • People age 65 and older
  • Workers in these select frontline worker groups whose work role has frequent or intense exposure, and, due to the nature of the work, are not able to maintain social distance:
    • PreK-12 teachers and staff
    • Child care workers
    • First responders not in 1A (firefighters, police, conservation officers, inspectors)
    • Corrections workers
    • Workers in homeless shelters, congregate child care institutions, and protective services

How do I schedule an appointment?

On January 19, 2021 beginning at 9 AM, the link at the yellow icon below will be updated for scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the following dates: January 20, 21, and 22.

Clinics are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and not walk-in clinics. Residents without an appointment will not receive a vaccine. We expect the available appointments to fill quickly. Once filled, additional appointments will be made available as soon as our COVID-19 vaccine supply is replenished.

There may be a pause in appointment availability based on our vaccine inventory. Please be assured that as more vaccine is received, additional appointment slots will be opened up. We appreciate your patience during this process.

You can also call 734-240-7836 to schedule an appointment, but please note this line will only be available when we have vaccine available and are taking appointments. Messages on this line will not be returned.

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What should I expect at the appointment?

COVID-19 vaccination clinic appointments will take place in the Health Education Building (gymnasium building) at Monroe County Community College (1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI, 48161). For those registered for an appointment, you will be asked for a driver’s license (or other form of ID) and verification of place of employment at the time of your appointment. Residents 65 and over will not need to provide employment verification.

DO NOT CALL the Monroe County Community College for updates or questions; please call our MCHD COVID-19 Hotline at 734-240-7860 if you have questions about COVID-19 vaccine appointments. 

Please do not arrive any earlier than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Masks MUST be worn for the duration of the appointment indoors.

Temperatures will be taken and COVID-19 screening questions will be asked upon arrival.  Please to do not arrive for your appointment if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, loss of taste/smell, cough, shortness of breath, or any other COVID-19 symptoms – please see CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus for complete list).  Masks MUST be worn for the duration of the appointment indoors.

You will be asked to wait 15-30 minutes after receiving your vaccination to be monitored before being able to leave the building.

For general information, please see the What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 page from the CDC.

MCHD vaxx how distribute
Michigan has started to receive a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to the limited supply, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has prioritized how the vaccine will be distributed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have defined several vaccination phases.

On January 6, 2021, MDHHS announced that beginning January 11, 2021 Michigan would be able to move into a new phase of vaccination dependent on supplies and capacity available. This includes vaccination of people who are health care workers or working or residing in long-term care facilities (Phase 1A Priority One and Three), age 65 years or older (Phase 1B Group A and Phase 1C Group A), or 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 (including frontline responders, school and child care staff, or corrections staff) (Phase 1B Group B). Groups prioritized in current Michigan vaccination phase highlighted below. 

The current phases for Michigan in accordance with the ACIP are:

  • 1. Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents and workers in long-term care facilities.

    • 1A 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 
    • 1A 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. This could include: 
        • 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 that could include: skilled nursing facility residents; Psychiatric hospital patients; Homes for aged residents; Adult foster care centers residents; Assisted living facility residents
    • 1A 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 who have indirect patient contact with specialized skills critical to health care system functioning (e.g. hospital and public health laboratories, pharmacy). 

    2. Phase 1B includes persons 75 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure:

    • Group A: Persons 75 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.
      Frontline essential workers in critical infrastructures include by ACIP are:
      • 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

    3. 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. 

    • Group A: Individuals age 65 to 74 years. This includes those in congregate settings that were not reached in prior phases.
      Group B: 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. 

    4. Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all individuals who did not otherwise fit into the earlier groups for whom the vaccine is recommended. 

At this point, we do not know how long it will take to move through the phases of distribution or the timing and availability of vaccine for our health department. We expect that as greater supplies become available, vaccine will become more available to the public.

For full information on the phases and priority groups, see the Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance document or visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.
MCHD vaxx mean for me
Initial vaccine supplies are expected to be small, but will consistently be shipped to our community. The first priorities include groups in Phase 1A such as health care workers providing direct care, people who will be vaccinating others, and residents in long-term care settings. From there we are opening up clinics to individuals ages 65 and older as well as select frontline essential workers (see highlighted groups above) as vaccine supplies are available.

For everyone else, please be patient. It will take weeks or months to move through each of the phases of the distribution plan. We are working quickly to provide more detailed information as it becomes available and open up additional appointment times. 

As we continue to move through the prioritization phases, we will notify the public as COVID-19 vaccination clinics become available for the broader population and provide further instructions on registering to receive a vaccine.

MCHD vaxx 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.

This vaccine CANNOT make you sick with COVID-19. This vaccine gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so your body can fight it off in the future. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

More information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is available at the CDC and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) website:
• CDC - Information About the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
• CDC - Information About the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 
• CDC - Vaccine Benefits
• CDC - Vaccine Safety
• CHOP - Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines


MCHD vaxx more info
Michigan Resources

MDHHS - COVID-19 Vaccine Page
MDHHS - COVID Vaccine Dashboard
MDHHS - COVID-19 Vaccines Frequently Asked Questions
MDHHS - Provider Guidance and Education

National Resources
CDC - COVID-19 Vaccines
CDC - Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines
CDC - V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
CDC - What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC - What to Expect At Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19
FDA - COVID-19 Vaccines
Moderna - Overview for Vaccine Recipients
Pzfier and BioNTech - Facts About Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 Vaccine