UPDATED: Where can you get vaccinated around here?

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Gary Caldwell for ELi

A volunteer at Ingham County Health Department's vaccine clinic at the MSU Pavilion fills syringes with vaccine dosage.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced on Mar. 12, 2020 that starting Mar. 22, all Michiganders age 50 and older, those age 16 and older with underlying conditions, and some frontline essential workers will be eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. All Michiganders age 16 and older will be eligible starting April 5.

Those 65 and older or those 50 and older with underlying conditions who had expressed interest in receiving a vaccine through Ingham County Health Department but have not yet received a link to register for a vaccination appointment should call 517-887-4623.

ICHD had been vaccinating people age 65 and older; those age 50 and older with underlying conditions; law enforcement officers; firefighters; shelter workers; corrections workers; pre-kindergarten through high school teachers, support staff who usually have direct contact with children; and child care workers who usually have direct contact with children.

ICHD wants residents to register everywhere they can so that they don’t miss an opportunity to get vaccinated. If someone is lucky enough to get more than one appointment, they should make sure to cancel the one(s) they will not be showing up for.

But don’t confuse signing up with actually having an appointment. In many cases, “registering” with a vaccine program simply means expressing interest in receiving information when a vaccine becomes available at a specific location for your prioritization group. It’s no guarantee of getting an appointment.

We are providing ELi readers with a list of where you can register and what to expect.

Ingham County Health Department

Fill out this form to register your interest in receiving a vaccine. Sometime after your prioritization group becomes eligible, ICHD will send you an email that contains a link to make an appointment. It may be a while before you receive an email, and you then have to work with the system to make the actual appointment.

According to ICHD Health Communications Specialist Amanda Darche, ICHD only sends out as many emails as appointments available. She recommends checking your email daily and making an appointment as soon as you receive a link.

ICHD is also offering pop-up clinics and vaccine appointments through its community health centers. Those appointments need to be made over the phone. Here are your options:

  • Forest Community Health Center at (517) 887-4302: vaccines will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m – 4:20 p.m.
  • Birch Community Health Center at (517) 244-8030: vaccines will be available Mondays, 8-11:30 a.m.
  • New Hope Community Health Center at (517) 887-4400: vaccines will be available Fridays, 1-4:30 p.m.

Sparrow Health System

Sign up for vaccine-related information from Sparrow here. Sparrow does NOT prompt you to make an appointment. Instead, when your prioritization group is reached, it is up to you to make an appointment through the My Sparrow Portal. Anyone can make an account. You do not have to have previously received care through Sparrow to make an appointment.

On Tuesday, Mar. 16, Sparrow opened its appointment portal to those age 16 and older. You can now make an appointment if one is available.

Meijer Pharmacy

To register through Meijer, fill out this form. You can also text Covid to 75049. You can call the Meijer Pharmacy if you experience any difficulties. The number for the Lake Lansing Road location of Meijer in East Lansing is 517-332-2444.

When Meijer has an appointment available, you will receive a notification over text message. You can accept, defer, or turn down the opportunity.

Rite Aid

Complete the eligibility checker here. Those not eligible currently cannot register. Those eligible can search for appointments. Rite Aid is not making appointments over the phone.

Walgreens

McLaren Greater Lansing is currently giving all of its vaccine allocation to local Walgreens’ pharmacies. You can make appointments here. You will be prompted to enter your zip code or city to see if appointments are available. If they are, you will fill out a screener survey. If you are determined to be eligible, you can then proceed to make an appointment.

Walmart

Vaccines are available at a limited number of locations in Mid-Michigan. You can check the availability of vaccines here. If vaccines are available, you will need to create or log into your existing Walmart account to complete a screener survey for eligibility. If eligible, you can then make an appointment.

Sam’s Club, which is affiliated with Walmart, will also be offering vaccines to both members and non-members. You will need to log into your account or create a guest account for non-members to check eligibility and availability. You can find out more here.

Kroger

Kroger is now offering vaccines at a number of locations in Mid-Michigan. You will be prompted to complete a screener survey for eligibility. If eligible, you will be prompted to find and schedule appointments. You can do that all here.

Possible Future Vaccination Sites

CVS

There are currently no appointments available in Michigan.

Costco

There are currently no appointments available in Michigan.

MSU Health Care

MSU Health Care has been approved as a vaccine distribution site, but it has yet to receive any information on when vaccines may become available. Please visit this site for information and avoid calling the pharmacy directly.

This article was updated on Mar. 4 at 9:00 am to reflect new information on which prioritization groups are eligible for vaccines.

This article was updated on Mar. 18 at 12:00 pm to reflect new information on eligibility and availability.

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