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Monroe County Health Department - Michigan: COVID-19 Vaccine Preregistration
Select groups are now eligible to complete our COVID-19 Vaccine Preregistration Form. For more information, please see our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information section below, and click the GREEN ICON to submit a form.

3/5 Preregistration Update: Newly Eligible Groups for COVID-19 Vaccine Opening Monday 3/8
Press Release: Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Groups Opening 3/8

Based on updated Michigan eligibility groups, on Monday 3/8 our preregistration form will open to Michiganders age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities AND to caregiver family members/guardians who care for children with special health care needs. For additional details about who qualifies under these new categories, please see guidance from MDHHS: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ (3/3/21)

If you fall under these eligibility categories and would like to be added to our MCHD-MICHIGAN COVID-19 vaccine appointment waitlist, please complete the pre-registration form below. MCHD staff will contact you directly to schedule an appointment using this information once it’s your turn in the future.

For information about COVID-19 vaccinations from ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, please visit www.promedica.org/covid/vaccines.
-Where can I find additional COVID-19 vaccine information?

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. For current information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on the COVID-19 vaccine, including vaccination priority groups in Michigan, please visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine.

MCHD Vaccine Clinic Info
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information Subsections:
--Who is currently eligible to schedule an appointment?
--How do I schedule an appointment?
--What should I expect at the appointment?
--MCHD Vaccination Clinic FAQs

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)
    • As of 2/15, this category also includes mortuary service/funeral workers who routinely work with infectious materials
  • 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
    • SELECT food processing and agricultural workers with frequent, close contact with others
    • Beginning 3/8, adults over the age of 50 with select underlying health conditions as well as caregiver family members/guardians who care for children with special health care needs will become eligible (please see the MDHHS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ for complete list of who is eligible under these categories)

How do I schedule an appointment?
Interested individuals eligible to receive a vaccine at this time should complete our COVID-19 Vaccine Preregistration Form (click the GREEN ICON below). This will allow us to contact you directly to schedule an appointment once more vaccine becomes available.

  • Please be patient. You may be eligible to receive the vaccine, but this does not mean that it will be immediately available to you. Due to limited vaccine supply and high community demand, it may be weeks to months before you are contacted to schedule an appointment.
  • Only fill out this form ONCE per eligible individual. Completing multiple entries will not speed up the process for scheduling an appointment.
  • Each eligible individual in your household or workplace needs to have a separate form with their information submitted.
  • Your preregistration form will be removed if you are not eligible for vaccine at the time of your submission. We will provide the public with updates once this preregistration form is open to additional groups.
  • Please reach out to loved ones and neighbors without technology access to help assist them in completing a form. 
  • Individuals without technology assistance or computer access can also call 734-240-7836 to complete a preregistration form. Messages on this line will not be returned.
  • We will never request your social security number or a payment method (such as credit card number, bank account information, etc.) in order to schedule a vaccine appointment. If you receive a call or email about appointment scheduling that requires you to provide any financial information, it is NOT a legitimate message from MCHD to schedule an appointment.

To receive an email confirmation that your form was submitted, check the box that says “Send me a copy of my responses” at the end of the form and enter your email address. Your preregistration confirmation email will be titled “Confirmation—MCHD COVID-19 Preregistration Vaccine Form” and be sent to you from “Smartsheet Forms” with the email address forms@app.smartsheet.com (please check your spam folder for this confirmation as well).

This preregistration form is NOT AN APPOINTMENT CONFIRMATION. No one who shows up at a vaccine clinic without a confirmed appointment scheduled with MCHD will receive a vaccine, even if they have completed the preregistration form. Clinics are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and not walk-in clinics. 

Please note that this preregistration form is for Monroe County, MICHIGAN. If you reside or work in another Monroe County outside of Michigan, contact your local or state health department for information on COVID-19 vaccination near you.

Only submit this form ONCE. Submitting duplicate entries will not speed up the process in getting an appointment.


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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. The address for MCCC is 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI, 48161.

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.

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

  • A driver’s license (or other form of ID)
  • Verification of place of employment at the time of your appointment if under age 65; Residents 65 and over will not need to provide employment verification
  • A list of all medications you are currently taking
  • 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). 

At Your Appointment
Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

  • Masks MUST be worn for the duration of the appointment indoors.
  • Wheelchairs and assistance from volunteers will be available for individuals with mobility issues.
  • Temperatures will be taken and COVID-19 screening questions will be asked upon arrival.  
  • 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 Vaccination Clinic FAQs

How do I know if my preregistration form was successfully submitted?
When you complete our online COVID-19 vaccine preregistration form, be sure to check the box that says “Send me a copy of my responses” at the end of the form and enter your email address. This will send you an email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted to us. Your preregistration confirmation email will be titled “Confirmation—MCHD COVID-19 Preregistration Vaccine Form” and be sent to you from “Smartsheet Forms” with the email address forms@app.smartsheet.com (please check your spam folder for this confirmation as well).

After you submit your form online, you should see a page appear that says “thank you for preregistering” to know your form has been submitted.

How many people are ahead of me on the list?/How long should I expect to wait?
Once you have preregistered, it is NOT necessary to contact MCHD to inquire about your place on the list. This information will not be available.

We are contacting currently eligible individuals to schedule vaccination appointments in order of receipt of preregistration forms. Because our vaccine allocations are determined by the State of Michigan on a weekly basis, we are not able to estimate how long it will take to go through our waitlist.

We understand and appreciate that our community members are anxious to get vaccinated, but request your patience as our allocated vaccine supply remains low and demand is extremely high. There are a high number of eligible individuals on our waitlist. It may take weeks to months after eligible individuals submit their preregistration forms before we have enough vaccine available to contact them for appointments.

Can I submit a preregistration form now if I will be turning 65 later this year?
No - We ask that individuals wait until they turn 65 to submit a preregistration form, unless they are also a currently under another category.

Can everyone with underlying health conditions submit at preregistration form?
No - Beginning March 8, only individuals age 50 and older with underlying health conditions will become eligible in Michigan. We will provide updates once Michigan opens vaccination to individuals under age 50 with underlying health conditions. 

What health conditions qualify individuals over 50 for vaccine beginning March 8?
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) based their eligibility guidelines for underlying health conditions on current CDC guidance for conditions that can or may cause an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. The complete list can be found in their COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ document. 

Will you be contacting me via email or phone when it's my turn to schedule an appointment?
We are currently contacting all individuals on our waitlist via phone to schedule appointments.
If this changes in the future, we will inform the public what email to look for in their inbox to help confirm it's legitimate. We will still continue to call individuals by phone who do not provide us with an email address when preregistering.

What phone number will be calling me to schedule an appointment?
When contacting individuals via phone once it's their turn to schedule an appointment, our phone number will show up as COUNTY OF MONROE (734-240-7000).

What happens if I miss your call about scheduling
?
You will receive a voicemail with instructions for calling us back if a voicemail box is set up and not full. Whenever possible, we ask individuals to please regularly check to make sure their voicemail box is working and not full.


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

Yes - We have multiple wheelchairs available for use at Monroe County Community College as well as volunteers happy to be of assistance for any individuals with mobility limitations.

What should I do if I missed my scheduled vaccine appointment?
If you missed your scheduled vaccination appointment time, you will need to submit a new preregistration form and will be moved to the bottom of the current waitlist.


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.

Groups currently eligible for vaccination under Michigan guidelines HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE below.


1) HEALTHCARE WORKERS: 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). As of 2/15: This category includes mortuary workers.
    • 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, and medical waste handlers). 


2) INDIVIDUALS QUALIFIED BY AGE: 

  • Opened 1/11: All persons 65 years of age or older not covered in Phase 1A. This includes those in a congregate setting that were not reached in Phase 1A.
  • Opening 3/22: All persons 50 years of age or older not previously covered.
  • Opening TBD: All persons ages 16-50 not previously covered. 
3) ESSENTIAL FRONTLINE WORKERS:  

  • Opened 1/11: 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

  • Opened 3/1: Food processing and agricultural workers. This included select workers under the following with higher frequency, duration or intensity of contact with other people (close contact or many contacts) and/or lower ability for all in attendance to follow mitigation measures (such as use of face coverings and distancing). Please note: This category does not include grocery store, restaurant, or food distribution workers.
Food Processing Workers: Meat processing and meatpacking facilities, processing of fruit and vegetables, dairy processing, animal feed manufacturing, food and animal feed, ingredient manufacturing, beverage production, production of food packaging.
Agriculture - Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers: Workers who are by the nature of their work in close proximity and contact with other people. Includes some workers involved in agricultural commodities including raising, cultivating, harvesting, packing, storing, distributing.

         • For more information, please see the MDHHS Food Processing & Agricultural Workers Infographic

  • Opening TBD: 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:
• 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

4) INDIVIDUALS WITH UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS & FAMILY CARETAKERS:

  • Opened 3/8: Individuals 50-64 years of age living with disabilities* and/or COPD, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, obesity or other conditions that puts them at high risk of negative COVID-19 outcome. Complete list of who is eligible under these categories based on MDHHS guidance at this time can be found in the MDHHS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ document.
  • Opened 3/8: Caregiver family members and guardians of children with special health care needs, including any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention and/or use of specialized services or programs. The condition may be congenital, developmental, or acquired through disease, trauma, or environmental cause and may impose limitations in performing daily self-maintenance activities or substantial limitations in a major life activity.
  • Opening TBD: Individuals age 16-49 years of age living with disabilities* and/or COPD, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, obesity or other conditions that puts them at high risk of negative COVID-19 outcome.

*The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. Examples of major life activities include eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, reading, bending, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working. In addition, the ADA also includes major bodily functions (e.g., “functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions”).

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 Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)
• CDC - Information About the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
• CDC - Information About the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 
• CDC - Vaccine Benefits
• CDC - Vaccine Safety
• CDC - V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
• CHOP - Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines

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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
ProMedica - COVID-19 Vaccines

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