Where to Find COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments in Michigan

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*Originally published in Crain’s Detroit Business.

The long wait for a COVID-19 vaccine is almost over for Michigan residents who want the shot that public health experts say is vital to ending the pandemic.

The proverbial floodgates are about to open on April 5 when any resident over age 16 becomes eligible to officially get in line for a vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.

But in many places, the gatekeepers aren’t holding back from putting shots in arms.

Retail pharmacies including Rite-Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Meijer, and Walmart are operating with varying degrees of screening ahead of Monday, when any adult over age 50 and any person over age 16 with a disability or underlying health condition becomes eligible.

Snagging an appointment with one of the chain pharmacies requires a certain degree of mobility as appointments become available at places such as a Rite-Aid in Lambertville or a Walgreens store in Midland.

Some hospitals, such as St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, have created “rapid stand-by” lists for individuals to get vaccinated within a 20-minute notice.

Otherwise, there are three main routes to becoming inoculated against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19:

  • Get on a county health department’s waiting list (which may be prioritized based on age, occupation, and health conditions)
  • Get on a hospital system’s waiting list
  • Or get in line for the Meijer-operated mass vaccination clinic at Ford Field that opens March 24.

The FEMA-authorized clinic at Ford Field plans to administer up to 6,000 vaccine shots per day for eight weeks. To register, go on Meijer’s website here, text EndCOVID to 75049 or call the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1).

Starting April 2, the Oakland County Health Division is launching its own mass vaccination clinic at United Wholesale Mortgage’s sports complex in Pontiac. The county health department is taking advance registrations on its website to save a spot in line at the UWM facility.

Following are links to health systems, health departments, and pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan:

Health Systems

Beaumont Health
Beaumont has launched a “save your spot” program that requires registering for a free MyChart digital medical records account.
Phone: 800-592-4784

Detroit Medical Center
Phone: 888-362-2500

Henry Ford Health System
Phone: 800-436-7936

St. John’s Ascension and Ascension Michigan
Phone: 866-501-3627

Trinity Health
St. Joe’s vaccine appointments

Mercy Health
Sign up for text and email updates on vaccine availability here.

Michigan Medicine (formerly University of Michigan Health System)
Phone: 734-936-4000

Garden City Hospital
Phone: 734-458-3300

Munson Healthcare

ProMedica

Spectrum Health System
Phone: 616-391-1774

McLaren Health Care Corp.
Phone: 810-342-1100

Sparrow Health System
Phone: 517-364-1000

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (Detroit)
313-576-1000

Veterans Administration medical facilities in Michigan are administering vaccines to any military veteran. Call 800-406-5143


Retail Pharmacies

Text COVID to 75049 for text message updates or call your local Meijer pharmacy to register by phone


Aggregator Sites

These aggregation websites can help you search multiple pharmacies and multiple areas:

  • FindAShot.org (easier way to search for shots at Rite Aid stores across the state)
  • GoodRx (text message alerts for vaccine appointments near your ZIP code)
  • VaccineFinder (includes independent pharmacies)
  • Detroit Area Vaccine Hunters (Facebook group where people post real-time information about available appointments)

Local Health Departments

Wayne County

Detroit Department of Health
Detroit’s eligibility includes any resident over age 50 with a chronic medical condition; manufacturing workers who live or work in the city; grocery, meat-packing, food or beverage workers living or working in the city
Phone: 313-876-4000

Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans & Community Wellness
Health care practice vaccination request form
Phone: 734-727-7000

Oakland County
Oakland County Health Division
County residents can save their spot for a vaccine shot here; or remove themselves from the line here.
Phone: 248-858-1280

Macomb County
Macomb County Health Department
Phone: 586-469-5235

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Health Department
Phone: 734-544-6700

Livingston County
Livingston County Health Department
Phone: 517-546-9850

Lapeer County
Lapeer County Health Department

Monroe County
Monroe County Health Department

Lenawee County
Lenawee County Health Department
Vaccine interest form
Phone: 517-264-5226

Kent County
Kent County Health Department
Phone: 616-632-7100

Genesee County
Genesee County Health Department
Phone: 810-257-3612

Ingham County
Ingham County Health Department
Phone: 517-887-4311

Jackson County
Jackson County Health Department
Phone: 517-817-4469
Health care workers can call 517-788-4420 (press 9) or email JCHDCOVID@mijackson.org to schedule an appointment

Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph counties
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency
Phone: 517-437-7395

Muskegon County
Muskegon County Health Department
Senior citizen sign-up form
Essential worker form

Ottawa County
Ottawa County Department of Public Health
Phone: 616-396-5266

Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department
Phone: 269-373-5200

Saginaw County
Saginaw County Health Department
Vaccine registration for businesses and organizations
Phone: 989-758-3800

St. Clair County
St. Clair County Health Department
Phone: 810-987-5300

Shiawassee County
Shiawassee County Health Department
Phone: 989-743-2355

Marquette County
Marquette County Health Department
Phone: 906-475-7844

General contact information for additional county health departments can be found on the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services’ vaccine website.

Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the state COVID-19 Hotline at: 888-535-6136 (press 1), Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or call 2-1-1.


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