COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccination Information & Scheduling 

Second dose vaccines remain scheduled as planned.

Walk-Ins for COVID-19 are also welcome for the week of May 10 - 14, 2021 at these locations:

  • Monday, May 10
    NMC’s Hagerty Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (Johnson & Johnson, 18 and older)
  • Tuesday, May 11
    Golden Fellowship Hall (9700 Riley Road Interlochen, MI 49643) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (Johnson & Johnson, 18 and older)
  • Wednesday, May 12
    NMC’s Hagerty Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (Pfizer - 16 and older, Johnson & Johnson - 18 and older)
  • Thursday, May 13
    NMC’s Hagerty Center from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    (Johnson & Johnson, 18 and older)

*NO APPOINTMENTS OR PREREGISTRATION IS NECESSARY

If however you'd like to scheule a vaccine appointment, please go here: www.gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine


Vaccination clinics will primarily take place at NMC's Hagerty Center, 715 Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686. Some clinics will be held on location and will be annouced primarily on this page, on our Facebook page, or through local media outlets.   

Forms for vaccination:
Minor Consent Form (required for 16 & 17 year olds)
Vaccine Administration Record (VAR) Form

PLEASE KEEP YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION CARD FOR YOUR RECORDS
Missing or lost cards can not be replaced at this time.  The Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) is able to provide a Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) official vaccination report, which contains the same information, for those that no longer have a card. Please call GTCHD’s front desk to request a printed copy of your MCIR report. 231-995-6131. The reports can either be picked up in person (id required) or mailed to your home address. 


**Seniors who do NOT have internet access or need additional help, can call 231-715-5557 for help scheduling**



As of April 16, 2021 GTCHD has delivered the following doses of COVID-19 vaccine (information will be updated on Fridays each week):

  • 19,516 first doses adminstered
  • 35,996 total doses administered at GTCHD Clinics

Additional data can be found on The State of Michigan's COVID Vaccine Dashboard 


Additional Helpful Resources:

The State of Michigan's vaccine information page is:

Prioritization of Distribution & Administration Guidance from MDHHS

COVID Vaccine FAQ from MDHHS

How mRNA vaccines, like COVID-19, work

CDC Guidance: How the COVID-19 Vaccines Work

CDC Guidance: 8 Things to Know about the US COVID-19 Vaccination Program


General FAQ:

 I am a healthcare worker at Munson, how come I can't register at the Health Department?  Munson Healthcare, associates, organizations and affiliates will be receiving the vaccine through Munson.

Why isn't my Mom's long term care facility getting vaccinated?  Some long term care facilities are being coordinated at the federal level and will receive their vaccines through Walgreens, CVS, or other contracted pharmacies.

I was told that I could schedule an appointment but the website shows no appointments available. Clinics may fill up fast, but change frequently due to new slots opening, cancellations, etc. Please check back regularly.

What if I need to cancel my appointment? Please click the cancellation link at the bottom of the confirmation email that you received.

I did not receive a confirmation email, what do I do? Please keep an eye out for the on-screen "confirmation" when you submitted your booking.  Be assured your appointment is set.  Also, if you are a Charter customer, there is a known issue. 

I can't make it to my second does appointment, can you reschedule me?   At this time, we are unable to reschedule your second dose.  You must be sure to attend both appointments.  Do not book a first dose appointment if you know you cannot make it to the second appointment.

Can I get my first dose elsewhere or vice versa?  No, you must get both doses from the same source. No exceptions are being made.

Can I get my flu shot at the same time? No, you cannot receive any other vaccination two weeks prior to first dose through two weeks (14 day) after your second dose of COVID vaccine.

I am positive for COVID, awaiting test results; can I still be vaccinated?  No, you must wait until your quarantine/isolation is completed.

 

Will COVID-19 vaccination help keep me from getting COVID-19? Getting vaccinated will protect yourself and may also protect people around you.

Do I have to pay for the vaccine? No. You will not be charged any fees for the vaccine. If you do have insurance coverage, the vaccine provider may charge your insurance an administrative fee, but YOU will not have to pay anything.

Will more than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine be required? It depends on which vaccine you receive. Some COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to complete the series and to build the best immune response. If a second dose is required, 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.

• The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine require two doses. 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.

• The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose to build the best immune response.

Are the side effects different? No matter what vaccine you get, it is normal to have mild side effects like fever, chills, fatigue and headache as well as pain and swelling in the arm where you received the vaccine. This is your immune system learning how to fight the virus, and indicates the vaccine is working.

Is one of the COVID-19 vaccines proven to be more safe than the other? All COVID-19 vaccines go through the same process to receive approval from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). There is no data to suggest one vaccine is safer than another. At this time CDC is recommending to receive the vaccine that is currently available to you.

Can I choose which vaccine I want to get when it is my turn to get vaccinated?  No. The type of received vaccine depends upon availability.  GTCHD has been receiving mostly Pfizer. 

Can any doctor’s office, clinic, or pharmacy offer the COVID-19 vaccine? Doctor’s offices, clinics, and pharmacies who are enrolled in the vaccination program can offer the vaccine when the vaccine becomes available to them.  Some federal contracts have already begun through local pharmacies.

Will people who have already had COVID-19 be able to get vaccinated?  Yes. People who have had COVID-19 can still get a vaccine. CDC recommends getting it after you have recovered. You should check with your health care provider if you have questions.

If I already had COVID-19, why should I get vaccinated? Shouldn’t I be immune? You should still get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you have had COVID-19. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this.

Do I need to keep wearing a mask after I get vaccinated? Yes. Michiganders should continue to wear masks and social distance from those not in their household and in a public setting.   It is also recommended to continue washing hands frequently.  Please review the CDC’s most recent guidance.

Will I have to quarantine and miss work after I get the vaccine? Getting the vaccine does not require quarantine, but it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build an immune response after getting the vaccine. This means it is possible you could be infected with COVID-19 just before or after vaccination. If you believe you have been exposed or are having symptoms you should quarantine until you talk to your doctor and get tested.

Can this vaccine give me COVID-19?  No. This vaccine gives your body a code which helps it recognize the virus, so your body can fight it off in the future.

Can I get other vaccines at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine? CDC recommends that no other vaccine be given 14 days before or after you get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Does the vaccine have any side effects? After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some mild side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. You may experience a low-grade fever, headache, and general fatigue. These are signs that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to, which is produce an immune response for you to have protection against this disease.

Can people with a history of allergic reactions get the vaccine? Most people who have food or environmental allergies can still get the vaccine. Prior to getting vaccinated, talk to your health care provider if you have had any severe reactions to medicines or vaccines in the past. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare and severe allergic reactions.

How are side effects being tracked? The CDC runs the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), a national system to detect any possible symptoms or side effects that occur after someone has had a vaccine. Anyone who has had a vaccine can report concerns to VAERS.

How do I know if I am eligible for vaccine? You will know if you are eligible to receive vaccine by reviewing the MDHHS prioritization guidance.

Where can I get a vaccine? Vaccines will primarily be scheduled through Local Health Departments.   Grand Traverse County residents, can go to https://gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine/   Other places, such as pharmacies, are also beginning to list their vaccine availability on VaccineFinder.  VaccineFinder lets individuals search for vaccine via their zip code.

Why is Phase 1C: Group A starting before Phase 1B is finished?   Phases and subcategories can and will overlap.  The largest factor for this is the amount of vaccine available.   

Why are essential workers receiving the vaccine before the general public? Essential workers keep systems critical to public health and safety functioning. Workers in essential and specific industries are considered part of America’s critical infrastructure, as defined by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Current data shows that many of these workers are at increased risk for getting COVID-19.

Why are school staff and childcare providers receiving the vaccine before the general public? Vaccination of this staff is essential to improve the capacity to have in-person instruction.  In-person instruction is important for children’s growth and well-being.

Will people who are homeless receive the vaccine? Yes. Local health departments will coordinate with Federally Qualified Health Centers and other providers to administer the vaccine to homeless individuals.

Will tribal populations receive the vaccine? Yes. Vaccine will be administered to tribal members through the tribal health clinics.

Why are children younger than age 16 not included in the vaccine plan? We await further guidance on whether young children will be recommended for vaccination. Vaccination of young children is not recommended because of limited data on the vaccine safety and efficacy in this group at this time. Young children should still make sure they are up to date on their other important life-saving immunizations.

I am a person living with a disability. Am I eligible to receive a vaccination? Persons living with disabilities age 50 or older are eligible to be vaccinated at this time.

What medical conditions would make me eligible for vaccination during this phase for those individuals age 50 and older? Certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. These include:

• Cancer

• Chronic kidney disease

• COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

• Down Syndrome

• Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

• Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

• Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)

• Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)

• Pregnancy

• Sickle cell disease

• Smoking

• Type 2 diabetes mellitus

• Asthma (moderate-to-severe)

• Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)

• Cystic fibrosis

• Hypertension or high blood pressure

• Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines

• Neurologic conditions, such as dementia

• Liver disease

• Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)

• Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)

• Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

• Type 1 diabetes mellitus


I am a caregiver of a child with special health care needs. Am I eligible to receive a vaccination? Yes. Caregiver family members and guardians age 16 years and older of children with special health care needs may be vaccinated at this time.

I am 50 years or older but do not have any underlying health conditions or disabilities. When am I eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine? Beginning March 22 and as vaccine supplies become available, individuals age 50 years and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

I am not aged 50 years or older but do have underlying health conditions or disabilities. When am I eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine? President Biden has stated that the United States will have produced enough vaccine for all adults by the end of May. As more supplies are produced and become available, MDHHS will quickly change the prioritization guidance to increase eligibility for populations living with underlying health conditions or disabilities.

Why aren’t restaurant workers being moved up in the prioritization? The federal guidelines for vaccination prioritization put restaurant workers are in Phase 1C (food service workers).

Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain fetal cells? The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been produced by growing the virus in fetal cells during vaccine development and manufacturing (using the PER.C6 line). Even though fetal cells are used to grow the vaccine virus, vaccines do not contain these cells or pieces of DNA. 

The mRNA vaccines (those by Pfizer and Moderna) did not use a fetal cell line to produce or manufacture the vaccine.