(Sunday - February 14, 2021) -
residents have varying degrees of technology access and understanding,
particularly seniors 65 and older who are currently eligible to receive
the vaccine, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
(MDHHS) is collaborating with community partners to ensure that anyone
can sign up to get a vaccine when it's available to them.
"Our goal is to ensure
that every eligible Michigander who wants a vaccine will get one," said
Elizabeth Hertel, director of the MDHHS. "We know that residents across
Michigan have different needs when it comes to access, so we're
partnering with groups like local health departments, hospitals,
pharmacies, and 2-1-1 to provide multiple access points for signing up
for a vaccine."
All residents are
encouraged to visit
Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine for the
most up-to-date information about vaccine eligibility, safety
information, and clinic locations. Residents who don't have access to
the internet or who struggle to use a computer can also call the
COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, which is available Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local health departments and hospitals
across the state have created sign ups, interest forms and waitlists,
based on eligibility per the
Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization
Guidance and will contact residents to schedule appointments
as supply allows. Residents may also contact additional vaccination
sites as they start to come online, such as local pharmacies like
Meijer and others.
For residents that do
not have reliable internet access,
2-1-1 has also partnered with MDHHS
to help direct local residents to vaccination clinics. This builds upon
the existing partnership between MDHHS and 2-1-1 for
assisting residents with connecting to local
testing sites. 2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that
connects residents to local community-based organizations across the
state offering thousands of different programs and services for people
seeking answers. Seven regional 2‐1‐1 contact centers manage Michigan's
most up‐to‐date and comprehensive database of health and human services
with over 7,000 agencies offering over 36,000 services across the state.
"Just as many other
local, state, and federal systems have adjusted to the COVID-19
pandemic, 2-1-1 has been working collaboratively with the State of
Michigan to help residents across the state with testing, emotional
support, and now the vaccine rollout," said Hassan Hammoud, executive
director of 2-1-1. "We recognize that residents, especially seniors,
need additional supports so that we can safely return to normalcy – and
we're proud to play a part in making a future without COVID-19 a reality
MDHHS recently announced its
partnership with the national education technology company GetSetUp.
Through this partnership, the MDHHS Aging & Adult Services Agency is
offering a series of sessions to walk older Michiganders through the
Michigan COVID-19 vaccine website.
The goal is to help older residents who are eligible for the vaccine
find their local health department to register online for a vaccine
appointment or to be added to the waitlist.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest
information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.