As more people become eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, local health departments want people to know how to get more information for their area.

Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution started Monday, Jan. 11. This allows people 65-years and older, as well as frontline essential workers, to be vaccinated.

Find your county below to find more information on how your health department is handling distribution.


As of April 6, the Bay County Health Department and its partners have administered 55,000 vaccines in Bay County. The county health department said it will administer 2,500 doses of the vaccine this week.

To receive a vaccine, residents still need an appointment and can register by going to the Bay County Health Department’s website. Residents can also register with the county’s partner providers including Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger, and Meijer.

The county health department is reaching out to local businesses and churches to host special vaccine clinics in the coming days and weeks.

According to Health Officer Joel Strasz, 75 percent of seniors in Bay County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the department expects to have 85 percent of this age category fully vaccinated in a few days.

Central Michigan Health Department (Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola, and Roscommon counties)

The health department issued the following information on March 10:

As of March 8, 2021, Central Michigan District Health Department opened eligibility for many essential workers, all adults aged 50 and older, and caregivers of individuals with special needs. Individuals meeting these criteria can now self-schedule their own appointment on our website at Persons who meet the current priority groups and live or work in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola or Roscommon Counties can schedule.

Frontline/Essential workers now eligible include:

  • Food processing and migrant/seasonal farm workers (further defined here)
  • Utilities and energy services workers
  • Critical manufacturing workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Local government workers
  • Non-hospital laboratories
  • Veterinary clinic staff

PLEASE NOTE: Restaurant workers are NOT currently eligible to receive the vaccine. We will notify the public when this changes.

Adults 50 and older now include:

  • Anyone age 50 and older with or without a medical condition
  • Caregivers of individuals with special needs include:
    • Caregiver family members and guardians age 16 and over of children or adults with special health care needs, including any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention and/or use of specialized services or programs. The condition may be congenital, developmental, or acquired through disease, trauma, or environmental cause and may impose limitations in performing daily self-maintenance activities or substantial limitations in a major life activity.

“As we continue to receive more vaccine, we are able to adjust the priority groups to allow more individuals to be vaccinated. This is an exciting development as we continue to move forward towards the state’s goal of getting 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up vaccinated as quickly as possible," said Steve Hall, health officer for Central Michigan District Health Department.

Please be patient as we continue with our vaccination efforts to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. Please continue to check our website often for new clinics. If you need help scheduling, please call 2-1-1. We also encourage our community members to help their friends, family and neighbors who do not have internet access schedule an appointment through our website.

The expansion is happening in conjunction with the following members of the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance: Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, District Health Department No. 2, District Health Department No. 4, District Health Department #10, Grand Traverse County Health Department, and Health Department of Northwest Michigan. This decision was made among our Health Officers to meet our unique community needs and differs from the guidance set by the State of Michigan. Local health departments are responsible for oversight and implementation of the vaccine strategy within their jurisdictions. They play a crucial convening and coordination role in both the distribution and administration of vaccine.

District Health Department No. 2 (Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda)

District Health Department No. 2 issued the following information on March 12:

As of March 12, DHD2 has provided 5,691 first doses and 3,324 second doses. We have shared 4,528 doses with local community partners (such as federally qualified health centers, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.) to help with the vaccination effort. Since the beginning of January DHD2 has received approximately 13,000 pre-registrations to receive a COVID vaccination, which we continue to work through and does not indicate the number of entries left on the pre-registration queue.

Additionally, over the last week DHD2 received 1600 doses of vaccine.


Vaccine supplies are still limited in Genesee County and across the state as of April 5.

“Please be patient. We want to vaccinate all eligible persons as quickly as possible and are doing everything we can to ensure the most vulnerable receive their vaccinations first. All appointment scheduling is based on vaccine dose availability and eligibility,” the Genesee County Health Department wrote.

The county health department reports 167,127 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Genesee County as of April 5. That includes 107,842 first doses and 59,285 second doses. About 32 percent of the county’s total population of residents 16 and older have received the first vaccine dose.

Of the vaccines administered 59.72 percent were Moderna, 37.66 percent were Pfizer, and 2.62 percent were Johnson and Johnson.

Pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination appointments is open to the following individuals:

  • Phase 1A (healthcare workers & long-term care residents/staff);
  • Phase 1B (frontline first responders, teachers/school staff, and those aged 65+)
  • Caretakers/guardians of children with special health care needs
  • Anyone aged 50+
  • Anyone aged 16 to 49 with a disability or an underlying medical condition
  • Anyone aged 16 to 49 regardless of health status

To preregister for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment:

When residents do have an appointment, they will need to bring a form found on the county health department's website.

Residents who have registered will receive a phone call or email when an appointment is available. The county health department is asking residents to be patient as they may not receive a call for weeks or months after pre-registration depending on the county’s vaccine supply.

Anyone who already received their vaccine but is still on the Genesee County Health Department’s waitlist is asked to fill out a short survey to be removed.

Some Rite-Aid pharmacies in the county have also received vaccine supplies and are currently taking appointments for eligible individuals. This process is separate from the Genesee County Health Department.

Huron and Tuscola

The Huron and Tuscola County Health Departments issued the following information on March 11:

We have vaccination clinics 4-5 days a week. ( first and second doses) We do receive weekly allocations of vaccine and it looks like that will only continue to increase.

Anyone ages 65 and up with and those 50 and older with chronic disease, after March 22 we will begin those 50 and older. We reserve 75% of vaccine for the high risk age groups and 25% for the other essential workers. Everyone regardless of the group they are in are encouraged to register at or

Frontline/Essential workers now eligible include:

  • Food processing and migrant/seasonal farm workers ( we have a list of those business that currently qualify, and we are in the process of reaching out to them)
  • Utilities and energy services workers
  • Critical manufacturing workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Local government workers
  • Workers with unique skill sets not covered above, such as non-hospital laboratories, and veterinary clinics


The Midland County Health Department received 500 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine the week of March 1. The county health department said it will be developing a distribution plan in the coming days.

As of Feb. 18, the Midland County Health Department has received 6,251 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Among that was 4,316 first doses and 1,935 second doses.

In addition, the health department received 400 first doses the week of Feb. 15.


The Saginaw County Health Department issued the following information on Monday, March 22:

As of today, all adults 50+ may register to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. The sign-up link is available on or directly at

The health department’s new registration process at will allow individuals to schedule their own appointments beginning later this week.

As clinics are scheduled and appointments are available, the health department will release emails to eligible individuals for self-scheduling. Residents are encouraged to check dates and clinic locations carefully to find a first and second dose pairing where they are available for both.


As of April 5, the county has received 15,300 COVID-19 vaccine doses. This week 800 residents received their first dose and 800 residents got their second dose.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was administered to 800 residents as well within the past week. The county health department has allocated 980 doses to community partners, which includes first and second doses.

Residents who can not make their appointment time or day are asked to re-fill out the Shiawassee County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form online.

As eligibility groups expand, SCHD encourages individuals to seek out all opportunities for vaccination.

Individuals 16+ without internet access can call 989-743-2460.


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(2) comments


Saginaw county folks under 50 years of age have a China virus survival rate of over 99%. You really need to question if a potentially dangerous vaccine is right for healthy people under 50. No thank you! For people under 20 years of age in Saginaw Co, the current survival rate is 100% - no deaths due to China virus.


Well duh, probably because there is no such thing as a China virus. There is a Sars covid 2 virus going around but since facts aren't your thing good luck with the retardlican thing you have going.

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