How do I receive a vaccine from the Health Department?
COVID-19 vaccines are being offered at the health department on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during the hours of 8:00-11:30 am and 1:00-4:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, call 788-4468. Walk-ins are accepted but please be prepared that you may have to wait.
When planning to be vaccinated please remember the following vaccine items:
- Pfizer vaccine is a two shot series, 21 days apart and is allowed for 5 years and older
- Moderna vaccine is a two shot series, 28 days apart and is allowed for 18 years and older
- Johnson and Johnson is a one shot series approved for 18 years and older.
For a list of sites where vaccine is located and currently available, check out the CDC's Vaccine finder page.
See the CDC for the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines
Can I get a booster shot?
Booster shots have been authorized for anyone 12 years of age and over. How long you need to wait after your initial vaccination varies among the vaccines.
Eligible individuals may prefer a different vaccine type for their booster dose from what they originally received. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. For more information on when you are eligible for a booster see the CDC Booster Dose webpage. Those who are immunocompromised can find more details on the recommended time between vaccine doses here.
Pediatric (Ages 5-11) Pfizer Vaccine Information
The FDA and CDC have approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The pediatric formulation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, 21 days apart, and is a smaller dose than the vaccine for adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and your local health department strongly recommend the vaccine for eligible children.
Similar to what was seen in adult vaccine trials, vaccination was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 among children aged 5-11 years. The most commonly reported vaccine side effects, typically lasting one to three days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and joint pain with the most common side effect being a sore arm.
Primary care providers and pharmacies will have the vaccine available. You can also utilize Vaccines.gov or call 211 to find schedule a vaccine.
Answers to some of the most common questions are below. For a printable version click here.
Who is eligible for a 3rd vaccine dose?
The CDC has authorized that those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive a 3rd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. A 3rd dose is different than a booster in that you don't have to wait as long, 28 days, and it is the same dosage as the initial vaccination. See the details about eligibility in this flyer.
Making Vaccines Accessible
Everyone 5 years of age or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan. The Jackson County Health Department is working with local partners to distribute the vaccine through special clinics for homebound populations (see flyer below for details) and also clinics may be held in places like schools, colleges, pharmacies, local community event centers, and drive in clinics in order to allow everyone an opportunity to get a vaccine.
If you are in need of having someone come to your home to provide a vaccine to you and your caregivers please see the below flyer with information on where to call. A printable version of the flyer is available here.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Page
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard
- Immunizations During COVID-19
- Provider Guidance & Education
- Flu Vaccine
- How MRNA Vaccines Work?