Covid-19 Vaccination

With FDA "emergency use authorization" of the COVID-19 vaccine, Michigan Medicine is ready to begin vaccinating health care workers. 

Our COVID-19 Vaccine & Therapeutics Taskforce is identifying the first groups to be vaccinated based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a CDC advisory committee made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the United States. The CDC and ACIP have defined populations for different vaccination phases: 

  • Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities.  
  • Phase 1B includes frontline essential workers and individuals 75 years of age and older.
  • Phase 1C includes other essential workers, persons 65 to 74 years of age, and individuals 16 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions
  • Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all persons age 16 years or older.

For the most up-to-date FAQs, please visit: https://mmheadlines.org/2020/11/covid-19-vaccination-planning-faqs/

Vaccination Process

The COVID-19  vaccination process will take over a period of 30-40 minutes, which will include check-in, vaccine administration and a required 15-minute observation time. Please plan for more time away from your unit, depending upon how long it takes to walk to the vaccination location.

Signing up for a COVID-19 Vaccination appointment:

There will be no walk-in appointments at the vaccination clinics; only employees with an appointment will be seen.

Eligible employees will be contacted by email to their UM email address when they are eligible to receive a vaccination. This email will contain a link for that employee to sign-up for their 1st of 2 vaccination appointments.

Prior to scheduling your appointment, please note that you cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine if any of the following are true:

  • You have received another vaccine in the last 14 days
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • You have received COVID-19 antibody treatment within the last 90 days.

In order to sign-up for an appointment, employees must have an MRN number with Michigan Medicine and meet the health guidelines for receiving a vaccination.  Additionally, employees will need to present their MCard at the clinic to receive the vaccine.

What to expect at the vaccination clinic?

  • Employees should arrive within 10 minutes of their appointment and go to the check-in desk.  They should know their unique name and have their MCard to show the clerk at the check-in desk. No walk-in appointments will be taken.
  • After your check-in, you will go to the next available Vaccination RN who will ask for your MCard again. They will review the vaccination process, ask health screening questions and answer any questions you may have regarding the COVID-19  Vaccine. The Vaccination RN will administer your COVID-19  vaccine, give you a vaccination card and let you know where to go for the required 15-30 minute observation time.
  • All employees will be required to undergo a 15-minute observation period. Employees with a history of anaphylaxis (due to any cause) will be required to undergo observation for 30 minutes after vaccination.
  • If this is an employee’s first COVID-19 vaccination, they will be able to sign-up for their 2nd vaccination appointment during the observation period. Please note that the Pfizer vaccination will need to be 21 days between the 1st and 2nd dose. The Moderna vaccination will need to be 28 days between the 1st and 2nd dose. 
  • After the required 15-30 minute observation period, all employees will need to go to the check-out table.
  • The check-out staff will provide the employee with appropriate post-vaccination symptom management resources, including the V-Safe application offered through the Centers for Disease Control.  This step will formally end the appointment and the employee may then leave the vaccination clinic.  

Post-Vaccination Symptom Management

Management of symptoms in healthcare personnel following COVID-19 vaccination

This protocol is for management of symptoms occurring within 2 days after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Symptoms occurring more than 2 days after receiving the vaccine will be managed per the standard OHS COVID-19 protocol.

Symptoms unlikely to be from vaccine Symptoms that could be from vaccine or COVID-19 Symptoms consistent with vaccine-related side effects only
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Upper respiratory symptoms (e.g., runny nose, congestion, sore throat)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
What to do if you experience these symptoms:
  • Contact OHS if you experience these symptoms at (734) 764-8021
  • Fever (T > 100.4°F or 38°C)
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache

What to do if you experience these symptoms:

  • Local symptoms (e.g., pain, swelling, redness at injection site)
  • Immediate hypersensitivity reaction (e.g., hives, anaphylaxis)

What to do if you experience these symptoms:

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/post-vaccine-considerations-healthcare-personnel.html

Vaccine Resources