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A guide to COVID-19 vaccines

April 5, 2021
<p>Journalism junior Maddie Monroe is handed her vaccine card and a sticker after getting the COVID-19 vaccine on March 29, 2021.</p>

Journalism junior Maddie Monroe is handed her vaccine card and a sticker after getting the COVID-19 vaccine on March 29, 2021.

Photo by Devin Anderson-Torrez | The State News

As of April 5, all Michigan residents 16 years old and up are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Those looking to get vaccinated may sign up through their local health departments or schedule an appointment directly through private vaccine providers.

A simple way to search for vaccine appointments nearby is to visit VaccineFinder.org and by providing your zip code and preference for distance.

Most sites just require a photo ID or your reminder card from the first dose if you're going to receive your second one.

Michigan State University

Starting Friday, MSU will administer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to students 18 and older regardless of primary residence or immigration status according to an announcement Wednesday.

Students may begin signing up for appointments online immediately. Vaccinations will take place at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. 

Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Because appointments are added regularly, students are advised to check the appointment link often.

Students must arrive at their vaccination appointments 10 to 15 minutes prior and have a student I.D. or another form of identification. CATA will be providing free rides for students to the vaccine location if needed.

Ingham County Health Department

Eligible Ingham county residents can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Ingham County Health Department.

After signing up, the Ingham County Health Department will contact residents when appointments are available.

For the East Lansing community, the Michigan State University Pavilion is a primary vaccination site, staffed by the health department alongside MSUPD and the Michigan National Guard.

Community Health Centers

New patients can also be scheduled through health centers by calling: Forest Community Health Center at (517) 887-4302, Birch Community Health Center at (517) 244-8030, or New Hope Community Health Center at (517) 887-4400.

Patients will need to have photo identification and their insurance card available, however, there is no cost to get vaccinated.

Forest Community Health Center will vaccinate patients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m,- 4:20 p.m. Birch Community Health Center will vaccinate patients on Mondays, 8-11:30 a.m. New Hope Community Health Center will vaccinate patients on Fridays, 1-4:30 p.m. 

Sparrow Hospital

Sparrow Hospital is providing vaccinations as well, patients can follow sign up instructions here.

Local pharmacies

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Many pharmacies are also providing coronavirus vaccinations with their own sign up forms at the following websites:

Vaccinations at the Meijer located at 1350 W. Lake Lansing Road remain appointment only according to the Lansing State Journal. An earlier version of this story indicated that the location was offering walk-in vaccinations.

As of Mar. 31, the ICHD will have administered 70,443 vaccine doses. 

If you live somewhere else in Michigan:

Residents in other Michigan counties can find a vaccine site through their health department, health centers, hospital systems or local pharmacies.

Residents with no internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at (888)-535-6136 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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