COVID-19 Vaccine

If you are 65 years of age or older and have not yet been vaccinated or scheduled for vaccination, you may call our call center at 989-771-1010 to schedule your appointment with us now.

Confirmation emails will come from mysaginawhealth (noreply@mysaginawhealth.org) to the email provided in the registration.  Please make sure to check spam and junk accounts.

If under the care of a physician or specialist for a condition that suppresses the immune system OR taking medications that have the ability to suppress the immune system, a written physician's order is required to be faxed to (989) 758-3859 PRIOR to vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination must be deferred for 14 days after receipt of other vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccination must be deferred for 90 days after receipt of passive antibody therapy as treatment for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update - 4/5/21

Today marks the first day we are inviting those registered with us for the COVID-19 vaccine to “self-schedule” their own appointment date and time.
 
We released more than 2,000 invitations to fill 1,500 appointment slots for clinics this week via email (for those who provided one) or text message (for those who did not provide an email but can accept text messages on their cell phone).

Up until now, we have been using a phone bank of staff and volunteers to individually call each person registered – which was particularly important with seniors, some of whom were not comfortable using technology. We will continue phoning only for those who have neither an email address nor cell phone and have indicated that on their registration.

We are grateful for help from the Saginaw County Commission on Aging throughout the early registration process. Moving forward with younger registrants, we ask that folks stop calling the SCCOA and instead call (989) 771-1010 with questions or for assistance registering.
 
Four factors have led up to today’s launch of the web-based app at mySaginawHealth.org: 

  • Vaccine doses are more plentiful and clinics can be planned out further in advance.
  • Registrants are younger – anyone 16 and older may now register (however minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the time of vaccination).
  • The online tool, built here in Saginaw for the health department, has been in development and is now finished – and will also include a self-reporting and contact tracing element for positive COVID-19 cases.
  • Phone banks are time and resource limiting. 

We are really excited to offer this level of scheduling to residents for health department clinics.

We carefully watched and listened to other local health departments that tried out commercial scheduling software and found it to be less than helpful. Fortunately, we were already working on a self-reporting/contacting tracing tool with a local developer and had them shift gears to help us with vaccine appointment self scheduling.
 
Vaccination scheduling still won’t happen all at once. We are releasing notifications in batches to make sure we aren’t driving too many people to too few appointment times. Starting now, we encourage anyone who has registered with us to check their email often and remain patient.
 
Beginning today, anyone 16 and older may register for the vaccine at mySaginawHealth.org. In doing so, registrants will be providing name, date of birth, address, email, phone, race, and ethnicity. If applicable, registrants can indicate if they are a critical infrastructure worker, have an underlying health condition, or are the caregiver of a special needs child – which are high priority vaccine groups we will continue to monitor and prioritize.
 
Upon registering, everyone receives a confirmation email.
 
When it’s a registrant’s time to schedule their appointment, they will receive an email or text containing a personal link and instructions for using it to schedule their appointment. This link should not be shared with others, as anyone using it will alter the intended recipient’s appointment. 
 
For two-dose vaccines, clinics will be offered in pairs – one date for first dose and a second date for second dose. When scheduling, registrants are encouraged to only select “pairs” that work for them. There is no option to mix dates although there is flexibility in appointment times. 


Many vaccines aimed at preventing COVID-19 are currently being developed and tested in the United States, with three COVID-19 vaccines now available as supply allows. Three companies - Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson - have completed Phase III of testing and have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Vaccine manufacturers will release a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines during the first few months that they are available.

Distribution

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that residents and employees of nursing homes and similar facilities and health care workers be the first people in the United States to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. States have the option to tailor vaccine priorities for their state. 

Michigan has released prioritization guidance in accordance with the ACIP:

  1. 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.
  2. Phase 1B includes workers in essential and critical industries, including workers with unique skill sets such as non-hospital or non-public health laboratories and mortuary services.
  3. Phase 1C includes people at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions, and people 65 years and older. 
  4. Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all individuals 16 years and older. 

COVID-19 vaccine planning is being updated as new information becomes available. Receive updates from the Saginaw County Health Department by registering your email address.

For answers to frequently asked questions regarding the vaccine, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

What does this mean for me? 

Initial vaccine supplies are expected to be small. The first priorities include health care workers providing direct care, people who will be vaccinating others, and residents in long-term care settings.

For everyone else, please be patient. It may take weeks or months to move through the phases, depending on supplies and as illustrated below. We are working as fast as possible to provide more detailed information. 

There will be no cost to individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination.