Genesee County Health Department announces expansion of registration for COVID-19 vaccines

GENESEE COUNTY — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will open to all individuals aged 16 years or older with a medical condition on March 22.

All age groups aged 16 years or older are eligible to receive COVID-19 the vaccine on April 5.

Currently, the Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) receives the Moderna and Janssen Johnson & Johnson vaccines licensed for use in adults aged 18 and older. The Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine is licensed for use in individuals 16 years of age and older.

While GCHD does not typically receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, individuals 16 years and older should register with GCHD in case the health department does receive it. 16 and 17-year olds can also register with hospitals, outpatient offices, and pharmacies providing this specific vaccine.

Residents can register for the vaccine at gc4me.com by clicking on ‘COVID Vaccination Pre-Registration.’ If you cannot register online, a new call center opens on March 17, at 8 a.m. Please call 810-344-4800, and a staff member will assist you.

Due to high demand, you may have a long hold time. Please be patient and remain on the line. They will answer all calls as promptly as possible.

To help all interested individuals register for the vaccine, GCHD is beginning the following vaccine registration schedule. This schedule will help prevent website and technology-related issues due to excessive demand from preregistration sign-up. GCHD will open registration according to the following schedule:

March 22—Individuals aged 16-34 with medical conditions

March 25—All individuals aged 40-49 are eligible to pre-register

March 29—All individuals aged 30-39 are eligible to pre-register

April 1—All individuals aged 23-29 are eligible to pre-register

April 5—All individuals aged 16-22 are eligible to pre-register

The listed schedule does not reflect vaccine administration prioritization but will even out heavy traffic to the GCHD website and vaccine pre-registration page. These dates are not an indication of scheduling priority or what your place in line will be. — G.G.