(WXYZ) — As distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine continues across the country and the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a webpage with various vaccine resources and frequently asked questions.
Michigan's current phase is 1B:
According to a new timeline from the MDHHS, other essential frontline workers and people between the ages of 16-64, phase 1C, could happen by May, and last through the late summer and early fall.
After that, the state said all remaining essential workers will get vaccinated, which could begin by July through the end of the year, and finally, phase 2 is anyone aged 16 or older, which could begin by August.
Local health departments will be scheduling vaccination appointments for Michigan residents ages 65+. You can find a map of those health departments along with contact information here.
To schedule an appointment: 586-463-8777
The Verkuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road
Clinton Township, MI 48036
"We are asking the community to help us plan for administering future doses of vaccine we receive by completing this new form," said County Executive David Coulter in a news release. "This will help us reach residents and workers who are eligible for vaccination when more doses become available. As we receive more vaccine, we will continue to administer them quickly and efficiently until everyone has the opportunity to receive the vaccine."
If you're unable to fill out the form online, you can schedule an appointment by calling: 800-848-5533
Register your email address or text OAKGOV to 28748 to receive vaccination availability updates.
DETROIT HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Those now eligible to make an appointment at the TCF Center:
- Any resident of the City of Detroit who is age 68 or older
- Good neighbors who drive 68-year-olds to TCF can also get vaccinated at same time, if they are 65 or older
- K-12 and daycare workers
- Postal workers who live or work in Detroit
- Employees of the City of Detroit or city-related agencies who are working from their regular job site
- Clergy interacting with congregants
- Funeral home and mortuary workers
To schedule an appointment, eligible residents can call: 313-230-0505 between 9AM and 8PM, Monday-Friday.
The State of Michigan recently announced a partnership with Meijer to help administer vaccinations. As additional vaccines become available, the community can register by texting COVID to the number 75049. Individuals can also go online to https://clinic.meijer.com/ [clinic.meijer.com].
Additional vaccine distribution information can be found here.
The COVID vaccine is drawing many questions from the public. The state has listed some of the frequently asked questions on its website. Some of those questions include:
Will people who have already had COVID-19 be able to get vaccinated?
Yes. People who have had COVID-19 can still get a vaccine. CDC recommends getting it after you have recovered. You should check with your health care provider if you have questions.
Can this vaccine give me COVID-19?
No. This vaccine gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so your body can fight it off in the future.
Can I get other vaccines at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine?
CDC recommends that no other vaccine be given 14 days before or after you get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Does the vaccine have any side effects?
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some mild side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. You may experience a low-grade fever, headache, and just a general feeling of “not yourself”. These are signs that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to, which is produce an immune response for you to have protection against this disease.
When will the vaccine be available to the general public over age 16?
The vaccine will be available to the general public when supply substantially increases in 2021, possibly in late spring. Until then, priority will be given to health care providers, essential workers, and vulnerable populations (i.e., individuals 65 years of age and older and individuals 16 years of age or older with high risk medical conditions. Individuals 16 and 17 years of age will need to receive the Pfizer vaccine only. The Moderna vaccine is only recommended for those 18 years and older.)
The full list of FAQs can be found below:
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