Vaccine Distribution

In Washtenaw County, vaccination partners include hospital systems, the Washtenaw County Health Department, a few health care providers, and certain pharmacies who are approved to give COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Department works with these providers to coordinate vaccination efforts, understand who they are vaccinating based on the state’s prioritization guidelines, and address gaps to ensure all eligible individuals have access to vaccine. The Health Department but does not oversee local distribution. Hospitals and health departments receive their vaccine supplies from the state health department (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) and national or regional pharmacies receive supplies through a federal partnership program

Washtenaw County Health Department maintains a web page of local COVID-19 vaccine providers. It is updated at least weekly.

The Health Department shares a weekly update with vaccine distribution plans. See these updates here.

Emerency Vaccine Distributors

Washtenaw County Health Department Vaccine Distribution  

Vaccines are given to community members though three primary strategies: ongoing mass vaccination, temporary community pop-up sites, and a Nurse on the Run mobile and home-visiting team. 

  • Mass vaccination means vaccines are given to large numbers of people at a central location. This is the fastest distribution strategy and is used to vaccine as many people as possible as efficiently as possible. The Health Department is currently operating two mass vaccination sites.
    • The EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti operates Wednesdays through Saturdays with staffing support from St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and the National Guard and space from Eastern Michigan University. The EMU site currently provides 1,400 doses per day and runs four days per week (over 5,600 vaccinations per week). It can expand by adding hours or days.
    • Pierce Lake Elementary in Chelsea operates on Tuesdays with space provided by the Chelsea School District. The Chelsea site currently provides over 700 vaccination per day.
  • Community pop-up vaccination clinics are used to make vaccination more accessible and more equitable. Pop-up sites are community locations where eligible individuals can be reached more easily. Examples include senior apartment buildings or centers, schools, churches, homeless shelters, jails, or neighborhoods. Such sites may be open to the public or closed. 
    • One to three or more pop-ups are planned per week (100 to 1000 vaccinations per site) and depending on the vaccine supplies available each week.
    • Pop-ups are planned in coordination with hosting sites and community partners and leaders. Organizations or groups interested in collaborating on targeted pop-up clinics can complete this survey.
  • Nurse on the Run provides vaccination in small settings such as group homes or assisted living. Nurse on the Run can also provide vaccination to individuals in their homes. Capacity is limited and individuals must meet definition of homebound. Please contact us at [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message to request Nurse on the Run services. 

Washtenaw County Health Department Vaccine Allocation
Weekly vax allocation

Vaccine supplies are confirmed weekly. Each week, all available vaccine is given (or offered). At least half of each week's supply is needed for second doses, and the remaining amount is used for new first doses.

The majority of vaccines are distributed through mass vaccination (85%) with amounts set aside for pop-up clinics (10%) and Nurse on the Run (5%).  

To schedule a vaccination appointment, see our COVID-19 Vaccination page

For those that cannot schedule online, please call 734-544-6700 and leave a message. Calls are returned as quickly as possible.

Vaccination Strategy in Michigan 

Washtenaw County Health Department uses the prioritization guidance set by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to guide vaccination efforts. Limited local vaccine supplies have prevented us from expanding eligibility beyond state guidance. 

State vaccination goals include:

  • 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up vaccinated as quickly as possible.
  • 90% of doses received are administered within 7 days of arrival.
  • 95% of people get their second dose of vaccine within the expected timeframe.
  • There is no disparity in vaccination rates across racial and ethnic groups or by social vulnerability index.
  • No Michigander should have to drive more than 20 minutes to reach a vaccination site.