Health departments begin expanding COVID-19 vaccine waitlist age guidelines

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UPPER PENINSULA (WJMN) – Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have announced the expansion of vaccine eligibility starting March 8, 2021.

LMAS District Health Department announced they will open COVID-19 waitlists to individuals age 50 and older with underlying medical conditions, family members and guardians who care for children with special medical needs and individuals over the age of 60 regardless of their medical status.

LMAS District Health Department says the change comes because LMAS and Mackinac Straits Hospital, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Munising Memorial Hospital, and Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital have reached the majority of their 65+ population. To sign up for a vaccine at the Schoolcraft Memorial call 906-341-3775 or visit their online scheduler https://signup.com/go/hvsOZXi.

To sign up for the vaccine waitlist in Alger, Mackinac, or Luce counties visit LMASDHD.org. For assistance with scheduling an appointment the health department can be contacted Monday through Thursday 8 A.M. – 4 P.M. by dialing one of the following locations, Alger 906-387-2297; Luce 906-293-5107; or Mackinac 906-643-1100.

LMAS can also be reached through their Facebook page on Messenger at Facebook.com/LMASDHD.

Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) will also begin vaccinating those in the expanded group starting on March 8. Individuals can sign up for an appointment on chippewahd.com or call 906-635-3572, option 1. You may need to leave a message with your name, date of birth and phone
number for a return call. Appointments are first come first serve and no walk-ins are allowed.

The Marquette County Health Department will open pre-registration for individuals 50 years and older and those caring for a child with special health care needs. People can register to receive the vaccine online at mqthealth.org or by calling (906)-475-7847 for assistance between 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST Monday through Friday.

Residents of Delta and Menominee Counties who are age 60 and older, age 50 and older with a disability or underlying medical condition, and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment beginning Monday, March 8.

A link to the online scheduler is available on the PHDM website, www.phdm.org and on our Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/4phdm. Individuals who are unable to schedule an appointment online can call (906) 786-4111 for appointments in Escanaba, or (906) 863-4451 for assistance to schedule their appointment in Menominee.

Beginning Monday, March 22, vaccine eligibility will again expand to include all Michiganders 50 and older.

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