As Michigan’s COVID-19 cases surge to the highest in the nation, the need for the vaccine shot is all the more necessary. While the online process may seem tedious hard, there is a multitude of ways one can go about getting a shot — ranging from walk-ups and drive-ins to a simple trip to your local pharmacy.
If we’re going to beat this, it’s going to take knowledge and enough people with a shot in their arm. To help speed up that process, here is a rundown of all your current options for vaccines in Michigan.
GETTING YOUR SHOT THROUGH A HOSPITAL OR HEALTH NETWORK
Getting a shot through a hospital or health network is the most typical method one may think of when they hear about the vaccine. While there are multiple different networks across Michigan, let’s solely focus on where Metro Detroiter’s can check out in the immediate area.
Beaumont: For Beaumont patients, you will need to make a myBeaumontChart account to sign up for the vaccine. Once doing so, you’ll receive an email for an appointment — though you will more than likely wait a bit before you hear anything back about an appointment.
Hospitals in the immediate area include Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Troy, Taylor and Wayne County.
Henry Ford: Anyone 16 or older is eligible to receive a shot through Henry Ford — and while they specify you may need to drive a distance to get your shot, the process to register is quick and easy online. Making a MyChart account will be needed to complete the process.
Henry Ford hospitals in the metro area include Clinton Township, Detroit, West Bloomfield and Wyandotte.
Detroit Medical Center [DMC]: For the DMC, patients will need to register online, while ensuring that they bring either a form of identification, proof of insurance, or proof your employment as an essential worker to receive the vaccine.
Patients may visit either the Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Sinai-Grace Hospital, the DMC Heart Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan to receive their shot.
Ascension Michigan: To receive your vaccine through Ascension Michigan, you’ll need to be an established patient to set up an appointment right now. But, for others, you can register through your county health department website. Additionally, the hospital also notes that individuals may call ‘2-1-1’ and/or the Michigan COVID Hotline at 888-535-6136 for more information.
Locations in the metro area include Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren and Madison Heights and Ascension Providence Hospital in Novi, Southfield and Rochester.
Others include McLaren Health Care, which is currently partnering with Walgreens (more below) to administer the shot.
A TRIP TO THE PHARMACY MAY BE ALL YOU NEED
Other options include your local pharmacy or grocery store, which in some cases may include a partnership with a local health network.
CVS: Your local CVS is an option where you can schedule an appointment online at cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine. While appointments do book fast, it’s best to check in the early afternoon to set one up.
Meijer: Meijer is a great option, which allows you to also work through the Ford Field clinic. Register online at meijer.com/register/CL0001 or “COVID” to 75049 to make an appointment. For the more traditional approach, you can also call your local Meijer pharmacy to set up a shot.
Walgreens: After creating an account with Walgreens, you’re able to set up an appointment online through the pharmacy. More information can be found at walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19/location-screening.
Kroger: At your local Kroger, you can register to receive your shot at kroger.com/rx/covid-eligibility. Locations across Metro Detroit qualify for appointments and the website will help walk you through the appointment-making process.
WALK-UP’S AND LAST MINUTE NOTICES
Besides the above options, pay attention to social media (as this is how this writer received their shot). Some places through your city or country may offer unannounced drive-up or walk-in options, while others such as the center operating out of Ford field may offer last-minute options that will give out any unclaimed shots.
The process is messy — we get it — but keep trying. Refresh that page, check your clinics and don’t hesitate to take a trip to get your shot.
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