March 29, 2021 Update
As of March 29, there are a few new county-affiliated COVID vaccination sites in Macomb County. They are at the Verkuilen Building in Clinton Township, the Richmond-Lenox Ems drive-through site, and the Sterling Heights Senior Center site.
To register for an appointment go the website, www.macombcovidvacine.itfrontdesk.com/apptonline. Then select “New Appointment”. You will be prompted to select a location before going through the registration form. You can also visit www.macombgov.org/vaccinecentral for information about other nearby providers.
In addition to Macomb County, Blue Cross Blue Shield is partnering with the Meijer Pharmacy on Mound Road in Warren (29505 Mound Rd., Warren, MI 48092) to provide COVID vaccines. Those eligible include:
- All individuals 50 and over
- Individuals 16-49 with preexisting health conditions or disabilities
- Health care, education, manufacturing, agricultural and food processing workers
To register at Meijer:
- Text “MOUND” to 75049
- Visit clinic.meijer.com/register/CL0058 to register at the Meijer Pharmacy
- Call (586) 722-7253 to register by phone.
There have been many questions regarding the COVID Vaccine: its distribution, who is eligible, when and where to get it, as well as general concerns about the vaccine itself.
The State of Michigan is currently in Phase 1a of its COVID-10 vaccine distribution strategy and will begin Phase 1b on Monday, January 11, 2021. Phase 1b includes persons 65 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure, such as police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers, Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, and childcare providers.
Distribution of the vaccine is based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Currently, the Macomb County Health Department is administering the allocated doses. To make an appointment, call 586-463-8777, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Vaccination appointments are available Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vaccines are being administered at:
The Verkuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the vaccine itself:
Will COVID-19 vaccination help keep me from getting COVID-19? Yes, and getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Stopping the pandemic requires using all the tools we have available.
Is there a cost to get vaccinated? No fees will be charged for the vaccine. There will be no cost sharing from insurance plans. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. COVID-19 providers agree to administer vaccine regardless of an individual’s ability to pay and regardless of their coverage status, and may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from a vaccine recipient. However, vaccine providers will be able to charge administration fees for giving or administering the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
Will more than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine be required? Yes. The current vaccines need two shots to be effective. It is very important that you receive the vaccine from the same manufacturer both times and get the doses within the required time frame to ensure the best protection from COVID-19. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine the second dose needs to be 21 days after the first dose, and the second dose of the Moderna vaccine needs to be 28 days after the first.
For the most current information, please continue to visit www.michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine