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LIST: Upper Michigan COVID-19 vaccination options for adults 65+

Vaccinations for the Phase 1B Priority 1 groups began Jan. 11.
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Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 5:56 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 5:42 PM EST
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UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) - Health departments and health care providers are asking for your patience as coronavirus vaccinations continue. Michigan is currently in Phase 1B Priority 1 of its rollout plan, which means people 65 and older and some critical infrastructure workers can get vaccinated when supply allows.

If you are a person age 65 or over, or if you have a family member in that category, please pay close attention to the updates we’ll provide on-air and online from local health departments to learn how you can schedule an appointment in your county.

If you are in a critical infrastructure/essential worker role, your communication will come through your employer. That includes police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and pre K-12 teachers and childcare providers.

Click here to get answers to your questions about the safety of the vaccine.

Click here to visit the state health department’s coronavirus vaccine page.

Below are the latest updates from U.P. health departments and providers:

Marquette County Health Department (updated Feb. 23)

MCHD staff will continue calling residents on Wednesday, Feb. 24, for vaccine appointments on Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26. Staff will contact registrants based on their place on the list, using both online and phone registrations. If you have registered, pay attention for a phone call from 906-475-9977, or a similar number. Two call attempts will be made. Do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment.

Anyone 65+ wanting to be on the pre-registration list can visit mqthealth.org or call 906-475-7847, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you register online, you will receive an email confirmation. Some past responses have been sent to “junk mail” so please watch your email closely.

Vaccine allotments have remained inconsistent and more information about future clinics will be released once it becomes available. Updates are also posted on the department’s Facebook page and website.

Dickinson-Iron District Health Department (updated Feb. 19)

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department (DIDHD) will continue Phase 1B scheduling on Tuesday, Feb. 23, starting at 8:00 a.m. for Iron County residents only. The link will be posted to didhd.org at this time so that individuals can begin scheduling their own appointment. DIDHD will continue scheduling on Wednesday, Feb. 24, starting at 8:00 a.m. for Iron County residents only. The link will be posted to didhd.org at this time so that individuals can begin scheduling their own appointment.

For individuals who do not have computer access, residents in Dickinson County may call 906-774-1868 to schedule and those in Iron County may call 906-265-9913 to schedule. In a change from previous reports, Dickinson and Iron County residents may schedule a vaccine appointment in either county.

In Dickinson County, clinics will be held at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Norway, at the yellow administration building. In Iron County, clinics will be held at the Forest Park School east entrance (near the bus garage) in Crystal Falls.

Learn more by checking out the DIDHD’s website or Facebook page.

Luce, Mackinac, Alger and Schoolcraft counties (updated Feb. 19)

If you are on a list for notification, please do not call the health department or hospital additional times, or fill out an online waiting list form more than once or in multiple counties. To be added to a waitlist, visit lmasdhd.org or follow the details below:

  • Alger County - Please visit LMASDHD.org to access the online waiting list forms for the categories above. You may call LMAS at 906-387-2297 if you need assistance with being placed on the waiting list.
  • Schoolcraft County - Call Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital at 906-341-3775 to schedule an appointment or get on their waiting list. The online scheduler has been added again as well by clicking here.
  • Luce County - If you would like to be put on a list to schedule a vaccine appointment you can do so online or leave a message at the COVID-19 Vaccination voicemail box by calling 906-293-9289. A member of the Helen Newberry Joy Hospital team will contact you to schedule your vaccination appointment.
  • Mackinac County - Please visit LMASDHD.org to access the online waiting list forms for the categories listed above. You may call Mackinac Straits Health System at 906-328-2159 or LMAS at 906-643-1100 if you need assistance with being placed on a waiting list.

Synder’s Drug Store in Newberry is now able to take appointments for those 65+ or workers who are in the current 1B Group B priority group. You may sign up to be contacted by Synder’s for an appointment at www.covidshotsnyders.com. Please remember to only register for an appointment or wait list in one location.

Chippewa County Health Department (updated Feb. 18)

For those ages 65+, please call 906-635-3572, Option 1, to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination. No walk-ins will be allowed with vaccinations taking place by appointment only. Please leave a message and your call will be returned. Please include in your phone message: first and last name of those requesting an appointment, date(s) of birth, and return telephone number – please do not leave additional information.

War Memorial Hospital and Sugar Island EMS are bringing a COVID-19 vaccine clinic to Sugar Island on Friday, Feb. 26. Vaccinations for those ages 65+ will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sugar Island Town Hall. To schedule for this specific clinic, please call 906-253-1003. Vaccines are appointment only.

Further information will be shared when updates are available. Visit the health department website at www.chippewahd.com or follow them on Facebook.

Bay Mills Indian Community (updated Feb. 18)

Bay Mills Indian Community will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Armella Parker Elders Center on Lakeshore Drive. This was originally scheduled for Feb. 18, but had to be moved as weather delayed vaccine shipments.

Eligible recipients this time are: tribal members/spouses over the age of 18; adult Bay Mills Health Center patients; and Bay Mills employees/spouses, regardless of layoff status; any adult in the 49715 zip code; faculty/staff/spouses of Bay Mills Community College; War Memorial Hospital employees/spouses; Brimley Area Schools or Ojibwe Charter School, Bay Mills Child Development Center and Brimley Headstart employees/spouses; and Lake Superior State University employees/spouses.

Appointments will be on a first-come, first-served basis. You may schedule a vaccination appointment by calling the Bay Mills Health Center at 906-248-5527. Learn more here.

Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties (updated Feb. 8)

Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM) is still pausing the waitlist for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals who are at least 65 years old. The health department says there are currently more than 3,100 people on the waitlist in both counties, after recent vaccination events. Individuals on the waitlist, will be contacted to schedule an appointment as vaccine doses becomes available and additional clinics are scheduled. Read the latest PHDM update here.

Click here for more updates.

Western U.P. Health Department (updated Jan. 28)

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) says due to high demand and continued limited vaccine inventory, it is unable to schedule additional community clinics at this time. For more information, visit www.wuphd.org or click here.

Helen Joy Newberry Hospital (updated Jan. 20)

To be put on a list to schedule a vaccine appointment at any vaccine events, you can do so online by visiting http://bit.ly/hnjhvaccine or leave a message on HJNH’s COVID-19 Vaccination voicemail box by calling 906-293-9289. This is a message-only number. Please include in your phone message: first and last name of those requesting an appointment, date(s) of birth, and return telephone number – please do not leave additional information.

UP Health System - Portage (updated Jan. 11)

UP Health System - Portage says residents ages 65 and older should call 906-483-1775 to schedule their vaccine appointment at an upcoming clinic date. Clinics started Jan. 11. Visit http://PortageHealth.org/cov.../covid-19-vaccine-information for more information and upcoming clinic dates.

Aspirus locations in Upper Michigan (updated Jan. 7)

Community members age 65+ will be able to receive their vaccine through Aspirus. For this group, appointments can begin to be scheduled at Aspirus clinic locations in the U.P. starting January 11 by calling 844-568-0701. For more information, click here.

This story will be updated as information is released from other Upper Michigan health departments.

For continued updates from TV6 & FOX UP, check out our story, “Tracking the coronavirus in Upper Michigan.”

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