The Saginaw County Health Department is moving to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. After vaccinating more than 7,500 healthcare workers with at least one dose as part of Phase 1A, Saginaw County is moving to Phase 1B as of Friday, as available doses allow.

This phase will focus on adults 65 and older, pre-K through grade 12 school and childcare staff, police and fire personnel, and workers in other critical infrastructure businesses. The health department says this group accounts for over 20 percent of the population, and there are currently not enough doses to vaccinate everyone. They expect to vaccinate smaller groups as doses become available during this phase, and say it could take several months to complete.

If you are 65 or older, you can register for the vaccine on the Saginaw County Health Department website: , or by calling the Saginaw County Commission on Aging at (989)797-6880, if unable to register online.  Staff will take your name, address, cell phone, and email address and enter you into the health department’s system to reserve your dose.

If you are a veteran currently enrolled in services at the Saginaw VA, you can get your vaccine there. If you have already registered at Meijer, now serving as an additional community partner, there is no need to duplicate your registration on the health department site. You will
receive your notifications directly from Meijer.

A similar online registration process is available for critical infrastructure businesses who employ essential workers. That registration link is also available on the health department’s website. Employers, providing one main contact, should register on behalf of their business and employees, rather than having individual employees register.

Once registered, adults 65+ and critical infrastructure businesses will be contacted via phone, email, text or hospital/hospital-affiliated provider with a day, time and location for vaccination. Again, providers in Saginaw County are working together on Phase 1B, so people and organizations may be directed to a local hospital, a partner clinic, or a Saginaw County Health Department drive-thru vaccination clinic.

To keep phone lines open for essential patient care, The health department asks that you do not call their offices or the hospitals for appointments unless instructed to do so.