New Wait List Process for COVID Vaccine
Total COVID Vaccine Doses Administered at MidMichigan Health
(as of 2/17/2021)
Per the guidelines issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, patients age 65 and older plus certain groups of essential workers are currently eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. Because public interest is high and supply of vaccines is still very limited, appointments tend to fill quickly. We anticipate that it will take several months to vaccinate all currently eligible patients. We appreciate your patience and will continue to add clinics as additional vaccine supply becomes available.
We have implemented a wait list process to fill vaccine appointments as they become available. To be placed on our wait list, please follow the steps outlined below. (If you are already on our wait list, you do not need to take any further action.) As appointments become available, we will contact eligible patients in the order they were placed on the list. If we are unable to reach you in a timely manner, we will move to the next patient on the list, however, you will remain on the list and be eligible for future notifications.
We appreciate your use of the MyMidMichigan portal whenever possible to keep phone lines free for essential patient care. We also ask that you please notify us if you get vaccinated at another location so that we can remove you from our wait list.
Step 1: Verify whether you meet the current vaccination criteria
The following groups are eligible as part of Phase 1 A, Phase 1B, Groups A and B plus Phase 1C, Group A:
- Health care workers
- Age 65 or older
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
These phases are defined in MDHHS's Vaccination Prioritization Guidance document.
Step 2: Review Medical Considerations
If you have any of these conditions, please read before requesting to be placed on the wait list, as these conditions can impact the timing of your appointment:
- Cancer, Rheumatology or Immune Disorders - Consult your specialist before scheduling a COVID vaccine appointment to learn how the vaccine may impact your immune response and/or some medications you may be taking.
- Received Antibody Treatments for COVID-19 - Based on current recommendations, patients should wait 90 days after receiving monoclonal antibody (BAM) or convalescent plasma treatment before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Other Recent Vaccinations such as Hepatitis B, Shingles, Influenza or Tetanus - Patients should wait 14 days after receiving other vaccinations before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Prior History of COVID-19 - Patients will need to wait at least 10 days after diagnosis and be symptom free and out of quarantine before receiving the vaccine. They may want to wait up to 90 days based on current evidence suggesting they may be protected for up to 90 days.
- Mammograms - If you are due for a routine screening mammogram, we recommend scheduling your mammogram before your first dose or 4-6 weeks after your second dose of the COVID vaccine.
More information about the above conditions is also in the Frequently Asked Questions.
Step 3: Request to Be Added to the Wait List
If you meet the above criteria, please choose ONLY ONE of the following methods to be added to the wait list. The wait list is the same regardless of which method you choose. To avoid long hold times, please consider using the MyMidMichigan Portal.
- MyMidMichigan Portal - If you have an active MyMidMichigan account, login to your account and send a secure message to your care team to let them know that you meet the vaccination criteria, have reviewed the special medical considerations and would like to be placed on the COVID vaccine wait list. Please be sure to specify your preferred location: Alpena, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant or West Branch.
If you do not have an active MyMichigan account, but would like to sign up for one, please go to my.midmichigan.net and click on New User? Sign Up Now.
- Call the COVID Hotline - If do not have a MyMidMichigan Account, you may call our COVID Hotline to be added to the wait list. Call (989) 794-7600 or toll free (800) 445-7356, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and press Option 1. We appreciate your patience as call volumes may be high. You may find that you experience shorter hold times after 4 p.m.
Step 4: We Will Contact You
- We anticipate that it will take several months to vaccinate all currently eligible patients. Once you have been placed on the wait list, we will contact you over the next several months to offer you an appointment. At that time, we will review the special medical considerations with you in case anything has changed.
- To keep lines open for essential patient care, please do not call for updates once you are on the wait list. Staff will NOT have sufficient information to estimate your vaccination date or how many patients are ahead of you. We thank you for your patience as we are working diligently to provide access for as many people as possible in our community.
- If you get vaccinated at another location, we ask that you please notify us so that we can remove you from our wait list.
- In the meantime, you may wish to read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the vaccines and what to expect.