Where to Find COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments in MichiganMarch 22, 2021
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:
Detroit Medical Center
Henry Ford Health System
St. John’s Ascension and Ascension Michigan
St. Joe’s vaccine appointments
Michigan Medicine (formerly University of Michigan Health System)
Garden City Hospital
Spectrum Health System
McLaren Health Care Corp.
Sparrow Health System
John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (Detroit)
Veterans Administration medical facilities in Michigan are administering vaccines to any military veteran. Call 800-406-5143
- Meijer (not Ford Field)
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
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
Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans & Community Wellness
Health care practice vaccination request form
Macomb County Health Department
Washtenaw County Health Department
Livingston County Health Department
Lapeer County Health Department
Monroe County Health Department
Kent County Health Department
Genesee County Health Department
Ingham County Health Department
Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph counties
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency
Ottawa County Department of Public Health
Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department
Saginaw County Health Department
Vaccine registration for businesses and organizations
St. Clair County
St. Clair County Health Department
Shiawassee County Health Department
Marquette County Health Department
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.