COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Update

Updated January 14, 2021

Vaccine Distribution

The State of Michigan has expanded COVID-19 vaccine distribution to Phase 1B, including individuals age 65 and older as well as frontline essential workers.

Due to lower than expected vaccine dosage supply in the State of Michigan and at Michigan Medicine, we are temporarily pausing the scheduling of new first-dose appointments to Phase 1B patients beginning January 11, 2021, to ensure sufficient supply for individuals who are due for their 2nd dose. We are committed to administering COVID-19 vaccines to our communities as quickly and safely as possible. We currently have established capacity to administer up to 12,000 vaccines per week, and will resume scheduling new first-dose appointments as soon as sufficient supply is available.

Distribution of the vaccines is based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For more details about who is included in each phase of vaccination, please see “Phases of Vaccine Distribution” below.

How Eligible Patients Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Choose the category below that best represents your situation as a patient eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine:

Michigan Medicine patient age 65 or older

  • In this phase of vaccine distribution, Michigan Medicine is able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to established patients who are age 65 and older to invite them to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Unfortunately, due to lower-than-expected vaccine dosage supply the week of January 11, 2021, we are temporarily pausing the scheduling of new first-dose appointments. Invitations and first appointment scheduling will resume as soon as sufficient vaccine dosage is made available by the government.
  • Vaccinations will be offered to patients who are under the care of a Michigan Medicine primary care provider, as well as patients who have had an in person or virtual appointment with any Michigan Medicine provider in the last 24 months.
  • Patients will receive vaccine invitations in phases to ensure a seamless experience at our vaccine clinics, and to ensure adequate vaccine supply.
  • Registered MyUofMHealth patient portal users will receive their invitation to schedule a vaccination by email and through a notification in their portal account. They will be able to schedule their appointment directly through the portal. If you do not have a MyUofMHealth portal account, you may sign up for one on
  • Established patients who are not portal users will receive an invitation to schedule an appointment through a mailed letter.
  • No action is needed at this time to request an invitation. Established patients will receive an invitation automatically as we move through the vaccine distribution program. Contacting your clinic will not affect your ability to get vaccinated sooner.

Age 65 or older but not a Michigan Medicine patient

We recommend individuals who are 65 years of age or older but are not established Michigan Medicine patients contact their health care provider or their county health department for vaccination options. The distribution of vaccines across the state through different providers is designed to support the most broad, equitable vaccine access as possible.

Frontline essential worker

To ensure efficient vaccine distribution, a number of different providers are involved in administering vaccines to support critical infrastructure in our communities. To receive the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible, frontline essential workers should contact their employer or health department for additional information about vaccination options available to them.

COVID-19 Vaccinations at Michigan Medicine by the Numbers

As of end of day, Thursday, January 14

Total COVID-19 Dose 1 Vaccinations at Michigan Medicine: 20,384

State of Michigan data: For detailed vaccine distribution data by region and county within the state of Michigan, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard page on the site.

Phases of Vaccine Distribution

Michigan Medicine is administering the COVID-19 vaccine based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a CDC advisory committee made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the United States.

The CDC and ACIP have defined populations for different vaccination phases:  

  • 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 of long-term care facilities.  
  • Phase 1B: Includes people age 75 and older, as well as frontline essential workers including first responders, Pre K-12 education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections, postal service, public transit, and grocery store workers.
  • Phase 1C: Includes people age 65 and older as well as those at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions such as COPD, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, obesity or other conditions that puts them at high risk of negative COVID-19 outcome. Phase 1C also includes essential workers in transportation and logistics, food service, construction, finance, IT and communication, energy, media, legal, public safety (engineers, water and wastewater).
  • Phase 2:  A mass vaccination campaign for all people age 16 and older.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

For questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccines, including more information about safety, side effects, and other concerns, visit our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page.

More Information for Michigan Medicine Employees

If you are a Michigan Medicine employee, or a University of Michigan student, staff or faculty member, visit the FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccines page on Michigan Medicine Headlines for more information about vaccine logistics and how to make a vaccination appointment.



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