MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN/AP) – Michigan says all residents age 16 and up will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5, nearly a month before the May 1 date pledged by President Joe Biden.
People age 16 to 49 with certain medical conditions or disabilities will qualify starting March 22. Two days later, March 24, a regional mass vaccination site will open at Detroit’s Ford Field to administer an additional 6,000 doses every day for two months. The U.S. is expecting to have enough doses for adults by the end of May, but the process of actually administering doses will take time.
In preparation for expanding vaccination eligibility, Marquette County Health Department will open preregistration online for the COVID-19 vaccine to all county residents beginning March 12 at 10:00 A.M.
The health department will continue to focus on vaccine scheduling for people in previous priority groups but the pre-registration process will allow them to vaccinate the community with minimal delay.
Registration can be done on their website, mqthealth.org. MCHD emphasizes to fill out the form correctly as this will be the information used to contact individuals. For assistance filling out the preregistration form Marquette County residents can call, 906-475-7847. Phone lines are staffed between 10:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Once a vaccine is available, an email will be sent to the email address provided on the preregistration form. The email will contain a unique link that contains access to selection of an appointment time. The link will only work for registered persons and is only usable one time.
To cancel an appointment, call 906-475-7847 with as much advance notice as possible to allow for another person to have the chance to receive a dose of the vaccine.
LUCE, MACKINAC, ALGER, SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTIES
The Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft District Health Department released the following similar statement for people living in those four counties.
Any residents in Luce, Mackinac, Alger, and Schoolcraft Counties, age 16 and older can now be added starting today, March 12, 2021 to waitlists for the COVID vaccine. Those with medical conditions will be prioritized. Appointments will begin to be scheduled during the week of March 15, 2021. All previous priority groups can still be scheduled as well.
To get on a waitlist or signup for an appointment time, please visit our website at LMASDHD.org, and click on the appropriate waitlist button. For Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, you can call 906-341-3775.
If you or a family member needs assistance scheduling or getting on a waitlist in any of our counties, please call our offices Monday through Thursday 8am-4pm. Alger 906-387-2297; Luce 906-293-5107; or Mackinac 906-643-1100. You may also reach us through our Facebook page via Messenger at Facebook.com/LMASDHD.
BARAGA, GOGEBIC, HOUGHTON, KEWEENAW, ONTONAGON COUNTIES
If you live in the Western Upper Peninsula, you can get added to the vaccine waitlist here.
People in Chippewa County can get signed up for vaccination appointments here.
DICKINSON AND IRON COUNTIES
Dickinson and Iron County residents can find resources, including how to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments here.
DELTA AND MENOMINEE COUNTIES
The form to schedule your vaccination in Delta and Menominee Counties can be found here.