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Page updated 3/31/22

Reminder: DO NOT attend your COVID-19 vaccine appointment if you are currently experiencing any symptoms of illness, are in quarantine or isolation, or are awaiting test results. In any of these situations, please call (734) 240-7830 to reschedule.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available at MCHD
- Call 734-240-7830 to Schedule
See below for info on who qualifies for booster doses at this time
and who qualifies as immunocompromised

3/31/2022 Press Release:
Second booster doses authorized for those ages 50 and older;
12 years and older if immunocompromised

List of Monroe County Pharmacies Offering COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
To search for COVID-19 vaccine providers outside of Monroe County, visit vaccines.gov

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How do I schedule an appointment?
Call 734-240-7830 to schedule an appointment @ Monroe County Health Department
(Available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM)

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What should I expect at the appointment?
     Monroe County Health Department
     2353 S. Custer Road
     Monroe, MI, 48161
     (Corner of S. Custer [M-50] and Herr Road; next to Rupp Funeral Home)

Before You Arrive
For those registered for an appointment, please be sure to bring:

  • A driver’s license (or other form of ID, such as an insurance card, utility bill, birth certificate, etc.)
  • A face mask
Please 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 – see CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus for complete list) or symptoms of other illness. 

DO NOT attend your COVID-19 vaccination appointment if you are in quarantine, isolation, or awaiting test results.
Please call (734) 240-7830 if you need to cancel or reschedule for any reason.

At Your Appointment
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

  • Masks MUST be worn for the duration of the appointment indoors
  • Accommodations and assistance will be available for those with mobility issues
  • 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 Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine page from the CDC.

Who is eligible to receive a booster dose at this time?
CDC: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots
All three COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. now have booster guidance. Eligible individuals may prefer a different vaccine type for their booster dose from what they originally received. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. 

Everyone 12+ should get a booster dose:

  • If you originally received the Pfizer vaccine: get a booster dose at least 5 months after your second dose.
  • If you originally received the Moderna vaccine: get a booster dose at least 5 months after your second dose.
  • If you originally received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine: get a booster dose at least 2 months after your initial dose.

Ages 12-17: Can get a Pfizer booster dose 5 months after their second dose. 

Ages 18+: May choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose from the Health Department. For questions about which booster to receive, we recommend speaking with your health care provider for advice. 
**The CDC updated its recommendations with a preference for people to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Receiving any COVID-19 vaccine is better than being unvaccinated.

Ages 50+: May choose to receive a SECOND booster dose once 4 months have passed since your last booster.

Immunocompromised Individuals: See guidance below

3.30.22 MDHHS Vax Schedule 2nd Booster
Who qualifies as immunocompromised at this time?

CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised People

People are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised if they have:
• Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
• Receipt of solid-organ transplant receiving immunosuppressive therapy
• Stem cell transplant (within 2 years or transplant or taking immunosuppression therapy)
• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
• Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biological agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and about their recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

Immunocompromised individuals should be counseled by their healthcare provider about the potential for a reduced immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine and the need to continue to follow current prevention measures such as:
•Wearing a mask
•Staying 6 feet apart from others they don’t live with
•Avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider

Children ages 5 through 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
should receive a primary series of 3 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on the schedule shown below to stay up to date. A booster is not recommended for this age group at this time.

People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
should receive a total of 4 doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to stay up to date. The 4 doses include a primary series of 3 doses of an Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, plus 1 booster of an Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (4th dose). 

  • Ages 18+ and received 1 dose Johnson & Johnson: Should get a second dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines), plus an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster to stay up to date—for a total of 3 doses

For more COVID-19 vaccine guidance for moderately or severely immunocompromised people, please see the chart from MDHHS below. To schedule a vaccination appointment at MCHD, please call 734-240-7830.3.30.22 MDHHS Vax Schedule Immunoc
MCHD Vaccination Clinic FAQs

Can children and adolescents ages 5-17 get vaccinated through MCHD at this time?

Yes - However, at this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for use in individuals under age 18. The Pfizer vaccine is administered as a two-dose series, three weeks apart. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive the vaccine.

PLEASE NOTE: No vaccines are authorized at this time for individuals under age 5. Please do not schedule an individual until their 5th birthday or later. We will provide updates for the public as soon as vaccine eligibility opens to additional age groups. Pfizer booster doses are only approved for ages 12 and older at this time.

It is important for parents or guardians to inform the vaccination provider about the child’s medical conditions prior to receiving the vaccine, including if your child:
•    has any allergies
•    has had myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) or pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) 
•    has a fever
•    has a bleeding disorder or is on a blood thinner
•    is immunocompromised or is on a medicine that affects your child’s immune system 
•    has ever fainted in association with an injection

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and adolescents, please see this information from the CDC and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Do minors need parent/guardian consent to receive vaccinations?
Yes - Minors who are eligible for vaccination will need a parent and/or legal guardian to accompany them to their appointment in order to provide consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

I was able to schedule an appointment elsewhere and would like to cancel my appointment with MCHD - Who should I contact?
If you need to cancel you appointment with us after confirming an appointment elsewhere, please call 734-240-7830 to let us know.

What phone number will appear if you are contacting me via phone regarding any questions or issues?
If we need to contact an individual via phone, our phone number will show up as COUNTY OF MONROE (734-240-7000).


Will assistance be available at the clinic if I have mobility issues?

Yes - We have wheelchairs available for use as well as staff and volunteers happy to be of assistance for any individuals with mobility limitations.

How early should I arrive for my scheduled appointment?
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. 

Can I still attend my appointment if I am in quarantine as a close contact of a COVID case?
No - If you are currently in your quarantine period as a close contact of a COVID case, call (734) 240-7830 to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

Can I still attend my appointment if I am in isolation after testing positive for COVID, or am awaiting COVID test results?
No - If you are currently in isolation after testing positive OR awaiting test results, call (734) 240-7830 to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

Where can I find more information about COVID vaccines?

Michigan Resources

MDHHS - COVID-19 Vaccine Page
MDHHS - COVID Vaccine Dashboard
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 - Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC - Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine for Yourself or Your Child
FDA - COVID-19 Vaccines

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. Safety is the first priority. The process used to authorize 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 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 Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)
• CDC - Information About the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
• CDC - Information About the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 
• CDC - Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
• CDC - COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots
• CDC - Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in the US
• CDC - Vaccines for Children and Teens
• CDC - V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
• CHOP - Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines

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Resources reviewed 3/30/2022

Residents Who Received Vaccine Out of State Encouraged to Update MCHD
MCHD is encouraging any Monroe County resident who received one or both of their COVID-19 vaccines in a state other than Michigan to visit the MCHD so their vaccine can be entered into Michigan’s Immunization Registry. These individuals can visit the Health Department between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays, except holidays.

For information about COVID-19 vaccinations from ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, please visit www.promedica.org/covid

For general information, please see our Coronavirus Disease 2019 page

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