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Monroe County Health Department - Michigan: COVID-19 Vaccine Preregistration System
Residents age 65 and over and currently qualified frontline workers are now eligible to complete our COVID-19 Vaccine Preregistration Form. For more information, please see our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information section below, and click the GREEN ICON to submit a form.

Monroe County COVID-19 Vaccination Preregistration Update Press Release
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A COVID-19 vaccine will be critical in slowing the spread and helping communities recover from the pandemic. Stopping a pandemic will take ALL our tools: handwashing, masks, social distancing, and vaccines. Taken together, these tools offer the best chance of getting our communities, schools, and work sites back to normal sooner. Please remember we will need to continue using prevention strategies as a vaccine becomes available and for some time after. For current information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on the COVID-19 vaccine, including vaccination priority groups in Michigan, please visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine.

For information about COVID-19 vaccinations from ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, please visit www.promedica.org/covid/vaccines.
-Where can I find additional COVID-19 vaccine information?

MCHD Vaccine Clinic Info
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information Subsections:
--Who is currently eligible to schedule an appointment?
--How do I schedule an appointment?
--What should I expect at the appointment?
--MCHD Vaccination Clinic FAQs

Who is currently eligible to schedule an appointment?

  • People who are health care workers or working or residing in long-term care facilities (Phase 1A groups)
    • As of 2/15, this category also includes mortuary service/funeral workers who routinely work with infectious materials
  • People age 65 and older
  • Workers in these select frontline worker groups whose work role has frequent or intense exposure, and, due to the nature of the work, are not able to maintain social distance:
    • PreK-12 teachers and staff
    • Child care workers
    • First responders not in 1A (firefighters, police, conservation officers, inspectors)
    • Corrections workers
    • Workers in homeless shelters, congregate child care institutions, and protective services

How do I schedule an appointment?
Interested individuals eligible to receive a vaccine at this time should complete our COVID-19 Vaccine Preregistration Form (click the GREEN ICON below). This will allow us to contact you directly to schedule an appointment once more vaccine becomes available.

  • Please be patient. You may be eligible to receive the vaccine, but this does not mean that it will be immediately available to you. Due to limited vaccine supply and high community demand, it may be weeks to months before you are contacted to schedule an appointment.
  • Only fill out this form ONCE per eligible individual. Completing multiple entries will not speed up the process for scheduling an appointment.
  • Each eligible individual in your household or workplace needs to have a separate form with their information submitted.
  • Your preregistration form will be removed if you are under age 65 and not an essential frontline worker eligible to be vaccinated under Michigan’s current priority phase. We will provide the public with updates once this preregistration form is open to additional groups.
  • Please reach out to loved ones and neighbors without technology access to help assist them in completing a form. 
  • Individuals without technology assistance or computer access can also call 734-240-7836 to complete a preregistration form. Messages on this line will not be returned.
  • We will never request your social security number or a payment method (such as credit card number, bank account information, etc.) in order to schedule a vaccine appointment. If you receive a call or email about appointment scheduling that requires you to provide any financial information, it is NOT a legitimate message from MCHD to schedule an appointment.

To receive an email confirmation that your form was submitted, check the box that says “Send me a copy of my responses” at the end of the form and enter your email address. Your preregistration confirmation email will be titled “Confirmation—MCHD COVID-19 Preregistration Vaccine Form” and be sent to you from “Smartsheet Forms” with the email address forms@app.smartsheet.com (please check your spam folder for this confirmation as well).

This preregistration form is NOT AN APPOINTMENT CONFIRMATION. No one who shows up at a vaccine clinic without a confirmed appointment scheduled with MCHD will receive a vaccine, even if they have completed the preregistration form. Clinics are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and not walk-in clinics. 

Please note that this preregistration form is for Monroe County, MICHIGAN. If you reside or work in another Monroe County outside of Michigan, contact your local or state health department for information on COVID-19 vaccination near you.

IMPORTANT: Only submit this form ONCE. Submitting duplicate entries will not speed up the process in getting an appointment.


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What should I expect at the appointment?
COVID-19 vaccination clinic appointments will take place in the Health Education Building (gymnasium building) at Monroe County Community College. The address for MCCC is 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI, 48161.

DO NOT CALL the Monroe County Community College for updates or questions. Please call our MCHD COVID-19 Hotline at 734-240-7860 if you have questions about COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Before You Arrive
For those registered for an appointment, please be sure to bring:

  • A driver’s license (or other form of ID)
  • Verification of place of employment at the time of your appointment if under age 65; Residents 65 and over will not need to provide employment verification
  • A list of all medications you are currently taking
  • A face mask
Please do not arrive for your appointment if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, loss of taste/smell, cough, shortness of breath, or any other COVID-19 symptoms – see CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus for complete list). 

At Your Appointment
Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

  • Masks MUST be worn for the duration of the appointment indoors.
  • Wheelchairs and assistance from volunteers will be available for individuals with mobility issues.
  • Temperatures will be taken and COVID-19 screening questions will be asked upon arrival.  
  • You will be asked to wait 15-30 minutes after receiving your vaccination to be monitored before being able to leave the building.

For general information, please see the What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 page from the CDC.


MCHD Vaccination Clinic FAQs

How do I know if my preregistration form was successfully submitted?
When you complete our online COVID-19 vaccine preregistration form, be sure to check the box that says “Send me a copy of my responses” at the end of the form and enter your email address. This will send you an email confirmation that your form was successfully submitted to us. Your preregistration confirmation email will be titled “Confirmation—MCHD COVID-19 Preregistration Vaccine Form” and be sent to you from “Smartsheet Forms” with the email address forms@app.smartsheet.com (please check your spam folder for this confirmation as well).

After you submit your form online, you should see a page appear that says “thank you for preregistering” to know your form has been submitted.

How many people are ahead of me on the list?/How long should I expect to wait?
Once you have preregistered, it is NOT necessary to contact MCHD to inquire about your place on the list. This information will not be available.

We are contacting currently eligible individuals to schedule vaccination appointments in order of receipt of preregistration forms. Because our vaccine allocations are determined by the State of Michigan on a weekly basis, we are not able to estimate how long it will take to go through our waitlist.

We understand and appreciate that our community members are anxious to get vaccinated, but request your patience as our allocated vaccine supply remains low and demand is extremely high. There are a high number of eligible individuals on our waitlist. It may take weeks to months after eligible individuals submit their preregistration forms before we have enough vaccine available to contact them for appointments.

Can I submit a preregistration form now if I will be turning 65 later this year?
No - We ask that individuals wait until they turn 65 to submit a preregistration form, unless they are also a currently eligible essential worker.

Can individuals under age 65 with underlying health conditions submit at preregistration form?
No - At this time, individuals under age 65 with underlying health conditions that put them at high risk ARE NOT eligible to vaccinated in Michigan under the vaccination priority groups determined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Because of this, any preregistration forms submitted by individuals under age 65 who are not a currently eligible essential worker will be removed, regardless of the individual’s underlying health conditions.

We expect that individuals between the ages of 16-64 with certain underlying health conditions putting them at high risk will be in the next group MDHHS opens vaccinations to in Michigan, but apologize that we do not have an exact timeline for this at this time. For the latest information and updates on Michigan’s vaccination prioritization phases, please visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine.

Will you be contacting me via email or phone when it's my turn to schedule an appointment?
We are currently contacting all individuals on our waitlist via phone to schedule appointments.
If this changes in the future, we will inform the public what email to look for in their inbox to help confirm it's legitimate. We will still continue to call individuals by phone who do not provide us with an email address when preregistering.

What phone number will be calling me to schedule an appointment?
When contacting individuals via phone once it's their turn to schedule an appointment, our phone number will show up as COUNTY OF MONROE (734-240-7000).

What happens if I miss your call about scheduling
?
You will receive a voicemail with instructions for calling us back if a voicemail box is set up and not full. Regardless if your voicemail is available or not, we will attempt to call you 3 times before you are moved to an "Unable to Contact" list. Individuals on this list can still call us back to try to schedule.


Will assistance be available at the clinic if I have mobility issues?

Yes - We have multiple wheelchairs available for use at Monroe County Community College as well as volunteers happy to be of assistance for any individuals with mobility limitations.

What should I do if I missed my scheduled vaccine appointment?
If you missed your scheduled vaccination appointment time, you will need to submit a new preregistration form and will be moved to the bottom of the current waitlist.


MCHD vaxx how distribute
Michigan has started to receive a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to the limited supply, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has prioritized how the vaccine will be distributed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have defined several vaccination phases.

By Jan. 11, 2021, all areas of the state may, as vaccine supplies are available, implement vaccination of people who are health care workers or working or residing in long-term care facilities (Phase 1A Priority One, Two, and Three), age 65 years or older (Phase 1 B Group A and Phase 1C Group A), or frontline workers whose work role has frequent or and, due to the nature of the work, are not able to maintain social distance (including frontline responders, school and child care staff, or corrections staff) (Phase 1B Group B). Vaccination will take place in different phases that occurs simultaneously. By March 1, 2021, all areas of the state may, as vaccine supplies are available, also implement vaccination of people who are frontline essential workers in the food processing and agricultural industries. Groups eligible for vaccination in current Michigan vaccination phase highlighted in blue below. 

The current phases for Michigan in accordance with the ACIP are:

  • 1. Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents and workers in long-term care facilities.

    • 1A Priority One: Keep critical health care infrastructure open and functioning (i.e., hospitals, critical care units, and emergency medical response systems) through vaccination of staff who perform direct patient care and work in critical areas including: 
      • Group A: Emergency medical service providers, including medical first responders 
      • Group B: General medical floor 
      • Group C: Emergency department 
      • Group D: Intensive care units 
    • 1A Priority Two: Prevent outbreaks and protect residents in long-term care facilities. 
      • Group A: Vaccinate workers who have direct contact with large number of vulnerable residents. Note this would include staff who come in and out of the buildings. This could include: 
        • Skilled nursing facility staff; Psychiatric hospital staff ; Homes for aged staff; Adult foster care centers staff; Assisted living facility staff; Home health care workers caring for high risk clients with large patient loads (e.g. people with a tracheostomy/ventilator at home)
      • Group B: Vaccinate vulnerable residents in long-term care facilities that could include: skilled nursing facility residents; Psychiatric hospital patients; Homes for aged residents; Adult foster care centers residents; Assisted living facility residents
    • 1A Priority Three: Keep necessary health care infrastructure functioning.
      • Group A: Vaccinate workers with direct patient contact who conduct high risk procedures (e.g., dentists, endoscopy, dialysis). As of 2/15: This category includes mortuary workers.
      • Group B: Vaccinate other workers who have direct patient contact, including outpatient, urgent care, ambulatory care, and home health care.
      • Group C: Vaccinate workers who have indirect patient contact with specialized skills critical to health care system functioning (e.g. hospital and public health laboratories, pharmacy, and medical waste handlers). 


    2. Phase 1B includes persons 75 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure:

    • Group A: Persons 75 years of age or older not covered in Phase 1A. This includes those in a congregate setting that were not reached in Phase 1A.
    • Group B: Prioritized frontline workers whose work role has frequent or intense exposure, and, due to the nature of the work, are not able to maintain social distance. For example, a first responder may have to physically touch other people in their response, and a child care provider cannot maintain social distance from children when caring for their physical needs. The specific prioritized categories are:
      • 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
    • Group C: Other frontline essential workers in sectors essential to the functioning of society and at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 because their work related duties must be performed on site and involve being in close proximity (i.e., within 6 feet) to the public or to coworkers. Frontline essential workers in critical infrastructures include by ACIP are:
      • Food and agriculture workers**
      • Critical manufacturing workers
      • Public transit workers
      • Grocery store workers
      • U.S. Postal Service workers
      • Workers with unique skill sets not covered above, such as non-hospital laboratories
    • **Frontline essential workers in the food processing and agricultural industries are prioritized for vaccination beginning March 1, 2021. More specific details on who will fall under these categories is expected to be released by MDHHS soon. 


    3. Phase 1C includes individuals age 16 years or older at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 infection and some other essential workers whose position impacts life, safety and protection during the COVID-19 response. 

    • Group A: Individuals age 65 to 74 years. This includes those in congregate settings that were not reached in prior phases.
      Group B: Individuals age 16 to 64 years with COPD, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, obesity or other conditions that puts them at high risk of negative COVID-19 outcome.
    • Some other essential workers whose work must be performed on site, not covered in prior Phases, will also likely be vaccinated during this phase most likely in the summer. MDHHS will adapt this guidance as vaccine availability becomes clearer. 


    4. Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all individuals who did not otherwise fit into the earlier groups for whom the vaccine is recommended. 

At this point, we do not know how long it will take to move through the phases of distribution or the timing and availability of vaccine for our health department. We expect that as greater supplies become available, vaccine will become more available to the public.

For full information on the phases and priority groups, see the Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance document or visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.
 
 
MCHD vaxx mean for me
Initial vaccine supplies are expected to be small, but will consistently be shipped to our community. The first priorities include groups in Phase 1A such as health care workers providing direct care, people who will be vaccinating others, and residents in long-term care settings. From there we are opening up clinics to individuals ages 65 and older as well as select frontline essential workers (see highlighted groups above) as vaccine supplies are available.

For everyone else, please be patient. It will take weeks or months to move through each of the phases of the distribution plan. We are working quickly to provide more detailed information as it becomes available and open up additional appointment times. 

As we continue to move through the prioritization phases, we will notify the public as COVID-19 vaccination clinics become available for the broader population and provide further instructions on registering to receive a vaccine.


MCHD vaxx safe
We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. Safety is the first priority. The process used to approve the COVID-19 vaccines is the same proven process that was used to create safe and effective vaccines for the flu, polio, measles, whooping cough and more. While the COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine authorized or approved for use.

This vaccine CANNOT make you sick with COVID-19. This vaccine gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so your body can fight it off in the future. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

More information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is available at the CDC and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) website:
• CDC - Information About the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
• CDC - Information About the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 
• CDC - Vaccine Benefits
• CDC - Vaccine Safety
• CDC - V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
• CHOP - Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines

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MCHD vaxx more info
Michigan Resources

MDHHS - COVID-19 Vaccine Page
MDHHS - COVID Vaccine Dashboard
MDHHS - COVID-19 Vaccines Frequently Asked Questions
MDHHS - Provider Guidance and Education
ProMedica - COVID-19 Vaccines

National Resources
CDC - COVID-19 Vaccines
CDC - Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines
CDC - V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
CDC - What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC - What to Expect At Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19
FDA - COVID-19 Vaccines
Moderna - Overview for Vaccine Recipients
Pzfier and BioNTech - Facts About Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 Vaccine