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COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Northern Michigan

1. When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available in northern Michigan? 

COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in northern Michigan. Munson Healthcare is committed to providing vaccines as quickly as equitably as possible, but at this time there are still limited vaccines available.

We anticipate our COVID-19 vaccine supply continuing to increase over the next several months. As supply increases, more people will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

In the meantime, there are actions we can all continue to take to help stop the spread, whether we’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine or not. Please continue to Avoid COVID-19 Today (ACT) by taking science-backed precautions: 

  • Physically distancing from and masking around others not in your immediate household
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Follow your doctor's advice for recommended screenings, appointments, and treatments
  • Monitor your symptoms if you don’t feel well

2. Who is eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine first?

The vaccine will be given in a phased approach due to its limited supply. Michigan is working in accordance with the CDC’s recommended phases, beginning with Phase 1, to help ensure the continued safety of our state’s healthcare systems and essential services as well as people at increased risk for COVID-19. 

Michigan’s Phased Plan for Vaccine Allocation:

Phase 1: Limited Dose Availability

  • Tier 1A: Healthcare workers and long-term care residents
    At Munson Healthcare the first of our Healthcare Team members to be offered the COVID-19 vaccine will include staff and providers working in our highest risk areas: Emergency Departments, Urgent Care clinics, COVID-19 and ICU units, Long-Term Care staff and residents, Respiratory Therapy and EVS
  • Tier 1B: Essential Workers and high-risk adults 65 years and older
    Essential workers eligible for the Tier 1 COVID-19 vaccine includes people who play a key role in keeping essential functions of society running and cannot socially distance in the workplace (For example: Education Sector, Food & Agriculture, Utilities, Police, Firefighters, Corrections Officers, and Transportation)
  • Tier 1C: High-Risk Adults, people aged 16 and older with underlying medical conditions, and other essential workers (such as those working in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction, finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health).

Phase II: Large Dose Availability 

  • Critical populations who were not vaccinated in Phase 1 (above)
  • The general population

Phase III: Sufficient Dose Availability 

  • A continued focus on ensuring everyone in the general population who opts for the COVID-19 vaccine receives it. 

Please Note: While we roll out the vaccine program, it’s more important than ever to continue to Avoid COVID-19 Today (ACT), especially as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remain high in our region. Learn more about the ACTion steps you should be taking during this time.

Avoid COVID-19 Today

We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more from the CDC and MDHHS.

3. When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available to the general public?

We anticipate a substantial increase of the COVID-19 vaccine in 2021, possibly by late spring. Learn more about when and how to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

Until this time and as recommended by the CDC, priority will be given to health care providers, essential workers, and vulnerable populations (e.g., adults 65 years of age and older and adults with high-risk medical conditions) who choose to get the vaccine.

In the meantime, please continue to do your part to protect yourself and others from the virus.

4. Why are essential workers receiving the vaccine before the general public?

Many of these workers’ jobs require in-person contact, putting them at increased risk for COVID-19. Giving essential workers early vaccine access helps protect these workers and keeps essential services open and available in our communities.

5. Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for Munson Healthcare employees?

No, there is no plan at this time for the state or Munson Healthcare to require that healthcare employees get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, we are encouraging our staff to consider getting vaccinated when it is available to them. 

6. Will Munson Healthcare staff continue to follow other safety protocols, such as wearing proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)?

Yes, Healthcare Team members will continue to wear PPE, even after being vaccinated because it is just one of the many tools we have to combat the virus. The vaccine, along with PPE, handwashing, and social distancing helps stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about how we’re keeping you safe.