The Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) announced today, Wednesday, Jan. 27, that it would begin vaccinating seniors age 65 to 69. These individuals are part of Phase 1B – the current cohort being vaccinated, but ICHD had prioritized people age 70 and older since those individuals have experienced higher mortality rates from Covid-19.
To receive a vaccine through ICHD, complete this registration form to express interest in receiving a vaccine. Once your priority group is reached, ICHD will begin sending links to register for appointments to those in the priority group.
According to a press release from the Health Department, seniors age 65 to 69 should begin receiving links on Friday evening (Jan. 29) to register for appointments beginning of Feb. 9.
“There are an estimated 17,500 people age 65 and older who registered with ICHD and are waiting for an invitation to schedule an appointment. Most will continue to wait due to lack of vaccines in the community,” cautioned the press release.
At a press conference with reporters yesterday, Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said that ICHD has not had a single dose of the vaccine go to waste.
Family and friends are encouraged to assist their family members who need help registering and making appointments. Alternatively, those needing assistance can call the ICHD COVID-19 vaccine hotline number at (517) 887-4623.
“I encourage people who are currently eligible for the vaccine to register with ICHD, Sparrow and other healthcare providers. We only ask that people cancel any duplicate appointments,” said Vail in the press release. More information about Sparrow’s efforts are available here.