COVID Vaccine Information for Patients
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently approved the rollout of COVID vaccines to patients age 65 and older plus certain groups of essential workers. Because public interest is high and supply of available vaccines is still very limited, all available appointments at MidMichigan Health locations are currently full. We appreciate your patience and will continue to add more clinics as additional supply becomes available. Please do not call the hospital or your doctor's office to schedule an appointment as we will continue to reach out to eligible patients in an orderly fashion, based on supply.
We are also working on enabling more scheduling options, including online self-scheduling and a patient call center, that will enable patients to more quickly schedule appointments once additional supply becomes available.
In the meantime, patients may use the following information to determine their eligibility and to learn more about some special medical considerations that may impact the timing of your appointment.
Step 1: Verify whether you meet the current vaccination criteria
The following groups are eligible as part of Phase 1B, Groups A and B plus Phase 1C, Group A:
- 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: Special Medical Considerations
If you have any of these conditions, please read before receiving a COVID vaccination as these conditions may 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.
More information about the above conditions is also in the Frequently Asked Questions.
If Clinics Fill Up, Don't Panic!
If you don't get an appointment right away, don't panic - you haven't missed out! We will be adding more clinics as we get additional supply. You may also visit your County Health Department's website or check with your employer for more options.