COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Update

Updated January 25, 2021

Vaccine Distribution

While COVID-19 vaccine supply is still very limited, Michigan Medicine has received enough vaccine this week to open a limited number of appointments to patients age 65 and older.

In order to ensure that we can vaccinate the largest number of people in this group as quickly as possible, we are sending patients invitations to schedule an appointment in waves.

Vaccines are available by appointment only at our community vaccination clinic sites. Please do not call or message your provider about scheduling a vaccine appointment as vaccine invitations are managed exclusively through our COVID-19 vaccine team to ensure the most fair and efficient vaccine distribution possible.

We are committed to delivering COVID-19 vaccines to our communities quickly and safely. We currently have the capacity to administer up to 12,000 vaccines per week, and hope to begin offering appointments more broadly as soon as more vaccine is available.

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

  • Due to low vaccine supply across the State of Michigan, we are only able to open a limited number of appointments at a time to patients age 65 and older.
  • Please do not call or message your provider about scheduling a vaccine appointment. To ensure vaccines are being administered as quickly and fairly as possible, vaccine invitations are managed exclusively through our COVID-19 vaccine team.
  • No action is needed on your part at this time to request an invitation. Established patients will receive an invitation automatically as we move through the vaccine distribution program.
  • 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 waves to ensure a seamless experience at our vaccine clinics, and to ensure adequate vaccine supply.
  • Appointments may fill quickly. Please check back again. If you receive an invitation to schedule a vaccine, it is possible you might see no available appointments when you log into the MyUofMHealth patient portal. In order to give as many patients access to vaccine as possible, appointments are being opened up in waves as quickly as supply and capacity will allow. Please keep checking back, as new slots will open up each week. You will not receive another invitation to schedule, and can schedule your appointment any time as they become available.
  • We are committed to administering our vaccine supply as quickly and safely as possible, and hope to reach all established patients age 65 and older in the next 2–3 months.
  • 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 MyUofMHealth.org.
  • Established patients who are not portal users will receive an invitation to schedule an appointment through a mailed letter, or by a phone call from our COVID-19 Hotline.

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.

Michigan Medicine patient under age 65

  • Pease do not call or message your provider about scheduling a vaccine appointment. To ensure vaccines are being administered as quickly and fairly as possible, vaccine invitations are managed exclusively through our COVID-19 vaccine team.
  • No action is needed on your part at this time to request an invitation. Established patients will receive an invitation automatically as we move through the vaccine distribution program.
  • 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 an 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 MyUofMHealth.org.
  • Established patients who are not portal users will receive an invitation to schedule an appointment through a mailed letter, or by a phone call from our COVID-19 Hotline.

COVID-19 Vaccinations at Michigan Medicine by the Numbers

As of end of day, Monday, January 25

Total COVID-19 Vaccinations at Michigan Medicine: 38,372

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 Michigan.gov site.

COVID-19 Vaccine Progress

The chart below shows Dose 1 vaccination progress at Michigan Medicine so our patients have a general idea of when their turn might come to get the vaccine. We are currently vaccinating those who fall into Phases 1a and 1b.  (As outlined above, we are sending out invitations in waves so we can vaccinate the largest number of people as quickly as possible.)

The chart is based on the approximate number of eligible Michigan Medicine and University of Michigan faculty, staff and patients within each phase. The numbers are approximate because they are continuously changing based on geographical location, affiliation with other health providers or employers, and other factors.

Phase 1a, 1b, 1c and 2 with lines between phases. Below is a number line from 0K to 450K in increments of 25K, with the end of 1a at 25K, the end of 1b at 175K and the end of 1c at 450K. Blue dot on 25K with text: 24,487 Dose 1 Vaccinations as of 1/21/21


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 65 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 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.

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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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