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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians COVID-19 Vaccine Update

March 2, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Online Registration Open! See Below

VACCINATION STATUS
The Health Division administered 303 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week. Since Dec. 17, 2020, the Health Division administered 5,361 doses.

UPDATE
A mega vaccination event for over 1,300 patients is scheduled in Sault March 3 and March 4 at Big Bear Arena. Mega vaccination events the week of March 15 and the week of April 5 are being planned and will be announced as soon as they are scheduled.

SCHEDULE
Sault Tribe Health Division’s Vaccination Events through March 17, 2021:
March 3 – Sault (Big Bear Arena)
March 4 – Sault (Big Bear Arena)
March 4 – Newberry
March 4 – Munising
March 4 – Manistique
March 12 – Marquette
March 12 – Escanaba
March 13 – St. Ignace Tribal Health Center
March 17 – Munising

VACCINATION VISIT
All patients are asked to bring their Sault Tribe membership card to their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Patients coming for their second dose should bring their CDC vaccination card provided at the first appointment. All vaccinations are provided by appointment only.

UPCOMING INFORMATION
Please watch Sault Tribe website, Sault Tribe Health website and official Facebook Pages:
Sault Tribe website: saulttribe.com
Sault Tribe Health Division Website: saulttribehealth.com
Sault Tribe official Facebook: facebook.com/saulttribe
Sault Tribe Health Division official Facebook: facebook.com/SaultTribeHealthDivision
COVID-19 VACCINATION ONLINE REGISTRATION OPEN
The Sault Tribe Health Division is pleased to announce its new online COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Form. The COVID-19 Vaccination Form is now available at www.saulttribehealth.com and can be accessed via cellphone, tablet or computer. The purpose of this form is to allow Sault Tribe members and Sault Tribe team members to register their contact information so they can be scheduled for an appointment once the vaccine becomes available.

If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, please complete the registration at www.saulttribehealth.com.

If you need assistance completing the form or have no access to the internet, please contact our COVID-19 line at 906‑632‑5200 Option #9 (MON-FRI 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please watch saulttribehealth.com or Sault Tribe Health Division’s Facebook page for more information about our COVID-19 vaccination services.

PRIORITIZATION CRITERIA
Waiting and scheduling lists are based on current prioritization criteria:
1. A. Health Division personnel.
1. B. Critical personnel of the Sault Tribe (non-Health Division).
1. C. Sault Tribe Elders (60 years and older)
2. A. Sault Tribe members aged 16 years old and older who are at a high risk for development of severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions (such as cancer, obesity [BMI > 30], chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from organ transplant, sickle cell disease, vascular disease, and type 2 diabetes) and/or experiencing homelessness. 2B. Essential workers with direct interaction with the public or in high-density work places.
2. B. Essential workers without direct interaction with the public.
3. Essential workers without direct interaction with the public.
4. Individuals 16 years old and older without high-risk conditions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 03-02-2021

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Feb. 22, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Online Registration Open! See Below

VACCINATION STATUS
The Health Division administered 362 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week. Since Dec. 17, 2020, the Health Division administered 5,058 doses.

UPDATE
Additional vaccine clinics are scheduled in Sault at Big Bear Arena on March 3 and March 4 and at St. Ignace Tribal Health Center form Saturday March 13.

SCHEDULE
Sault Tribe Health Division’s Vaccination Events through March 17, 2021:
Feb. 22 – Sault Tribe Health Center
March 3 – Sault (Big Bear Arena)
March 4 – Sault (Big Bear Arena)
March 4 – Newberry
March 4 – Munising
March 4 – Manistique
March 12 – Marquette
March 12 – Escanaba
March 13 – St. Ignace Tribal Health Center
March 17 – Munising

VACCINATION VISIT
All patients are asked to bring their Sault Tribe membership card to their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Patients coming for their second dose should bring their CDC vaccination card provided at the first appointment. All vaccinations are provided by appointment only.

UPCOMING INFORMATION
Please watch Sault Tribe website, Sault Tribe Health website and official Facebook Pages:
Sault Tribe website: saulttribe.com
Sault Tribe Health Division Website: saulttribehealth.com
Sault Tribe official Facebook: facebook.com/saulttribe
Sault Tribe Health Division official Facebook: facebook.com/SaultTribeHealthDivision
Sault Tribe COVID-19
Executive Taskforce
531 Ashmun St.,
Sault Ste. Marie MI 49783
906‑635‑6050
www.saulttribe.com 

COVID-19 VACCINATION ONLINE REGISTRATION OPEN
The Sault Tribe Health Division is pleased to announce its new online COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Form. The COVID-19 Vaccination Form is now available at www.saulttribehealth.com and can be accessed via cellphone, tablet or computer. The purpose of this form is to allow Sault Tribe members and Sault Tribe team members to register their contact information so they can be scheduled for an appointment once the vaccine becomes available.

If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, please complete the registration at www.saulttribehealth.com

If you need assistance completing the form or have no access to the internet, please contact our COVID-19 line at 906‑632‑5200 Option #9 (MON-FRI 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please watch saulttribehealth.com or Sault Tribe Health Division’s Facebook page for more information about our COVID-19 vaccination services.

PRIORITIZATION CRITERIA
Waiting and scheduling lists are based on current prioritization criteria:
1. A. Health Division personnel.
1. B. Critical personnel of the Sault Tribe (non-Health Division).
1. C. Sault Tribe Elders (60 years and older)
2. A. Sault Tribe members aged 16 years old and older who are at a high risk for development of severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions (such as cancer, obesity [BMI > 30], chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from organ transplant, sickle cell disease, vascular disease, and type 2 diabetes) and/or experiencing homelessness. 2B. Essential workers with direct interaction with the public or in high-density work places.
2. B. Essential workers without direct interaction with the public.
3. Essential workers without direct interaction with the public.
4. Individuals 16 years old and older without high-risk conditions.

Vaccination Update 02-22-21

Health Division launches online COVID-19 vaccination registration form

The Sault Tribe Health Division is pleased to announce their new online COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Form. The COVID-19 Vaccination Form is now available at www.saulttribehealth.com and can be accessed via cellphone, tablet or computer. The form allows Sault Tribe members and team members to register their contact information so they can be scheduled for an appointment once the vaccine becomes available.

If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, please complete one registration form at
www.saulttribehealth.com.

If you need assistance completing the form or have no access to the Internet, please contact our COVID-19 line at 906‑632‑5200 Option #9 (MON -FRI 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please watch our website at saulttribehealth.com or our Sault Tribe Health Division’s Facebook page for more information about our COVID-19 vaccination services.

Chi Miigwech!

Feb. 11 COVID vaccine update

Sault Tribe Health now has enough patients to use up their entire supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you.

Scheduling open to all tribal priority groups

Today, Feb. 11, the Sault Tribe Health Center is opening vaccination scheduling for ALL tribal priority groups (which includes the tribe’s essential employees) and non-tribal spouses. Please call 906‑632‑5200 and request to be transferred to one of the following COVID-19 vaccination scheduling extensions: 41251 or 43120. You may also use the direct line 906‑203‑5465. We encourage you to keep trying to call as the lines may be busy. Also, we would like to ask for patience as we may be flooded with calls. The lines will be open today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scheduling open to all tribal priority groups

Today, Feb. 10, the Sault Tribe Health Center is opening vaccination scheduling for ALL tribal priority groups (which includes the tribe’s essential employees) and non-tribal spouses. Please call 906‑632‑5200 and request to be transferred to one of the following COVID-19 vaccination scheduling extensions: 41251 or 43123. You may also use the direct line 906‑203‑5465. We encourage you to keep trying to call as the lines may be busy. Also, we would like to ask for patience as we may be flooded with calls. The lines will be open today from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Sault Tribe Health Center scheduling for next Priority Group (2A)

Tomorrow, Feb. 9, Sault Tribe Health Center will be opening up scheduling for the next Priority Group (2A) - Sault Tribe member: Individuals 16 years old and older at high risk for development of severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions. Please call 906‑632‑5200 and request to be transferred to one of the following COVID scheduling extensions: 42094, 42142, 42185, 45201, 45207 or 45258. We encourage you to keep trying to call as the lines may be busy. Also, we would like to ask for patience as we may be flooded with calls. The lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 9, and on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Feb. 8, 2021

VACCINATION STATUS
Since Dec. 17, 2020, the Health Division received a total of 2,820 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and administered 3,034 doses. The difference between two numbers occurred due to varied number of doses in vaccines’ vials.

UPDATE
We expect that by the end of this week, the vast majority of Tribal Elders residing in the seven-county service area, and willing to accept the vaccine, will receive at least the first dose of vaccine.

SCHEDULE

Sault Tribe Health Division’s Vaccination Events through March 17, 2021:
Feb. 8 – Vaccination clinics for Tribal Elders in Newberry, Manistique and Munising
Feb. 10 – Vaccination of home bound Tribal Elders in Sault and in Kinross
Feb. 10 & 11 – Vaccination clinics primarily for Tribal Elders from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Big Bear Arena
Feb. 11 – Vaccination of home bound Tribal Elders in Hessel and De Tour
Feb. 12 – Escanaba
Feb. 12 – Marquette
Feb. 17 – Newberry
Feb. 17 – Manistique
Feb. 17 – Munising
Feb. 17 – Sault Tribe Health Center
Feb. 22 – Sault Tribe Health Center
March 4 – Newberry
March 4 – Munising
March 4 – Manistique
March 12 – In Marquette
March 12 – Escanaba
March 17 – Munising

VACCINATION VISIT
All patients are asked to bring their Sault Tribe membership card to their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Patients coming for their second dose should bring their CDC vaccination card provided at the first appointment. All vaccinations are provided by appointment only.

UPCOMING INFORMATION
Please watch Sault Tribe website, Sault Tribe Health website and official Facebook Pages:
Sault Tribe website: saulttribe.com
Sault Tribe Health Division Website: saulttribehealth.com
Sault Tribe official Facebook: facebook.com/saulttribe
Sault Tribe Health Division official Facebook: facebook.com/SaultTribeHealthDivision

COVID-19 VACCINATION HOT LINE OPEN
Call (906) 632-5200 Option 9 for COVID-19 vaccination registration and scheduling for vaccination events in Sault Ste. Marie. Based on the priority criteria, these telephone services will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for the lunch hour from 12 to 1 p.m. If there are no appointments left for our upcoming scheduled events, patients will be placed on a waiting list until additional vaccines will be available.

Please call the nearest Tribal Health Center nearest to register or to schedule appointment (if vaccine is available) for vaccination:
Sault Ste. Marie – 906‑632‑5200, Option 9 on the main menu
Newberry – 906‑293‑8181
Manistique – 906‑341‑8469
Munising – 906‑387‑4721
St. Ignace – 906‑643‑8689

PRIORITIZATION CRITERIA
Waiting and scheduling lists are based on current prioritization criteria:
1. A. Health Division personnel.
1. B. Critical personnel of the Sault Tribe (non-Health Division).
1. C. Sault Tribe Elders (60 years and older)
2. A. Sault Tribe members aged 18 years old and older who are at a high risk for development of severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions (such as cancer, obesity [BMI > 30], chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from organ transplant, sickle cell disease, vascular disease, and type 2 diabetes) and/or experiencing homelessness.

Vaccination Update 02-08-21

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Feb. 1, 2021

VACCINATION STATUS
By the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 30, the Sault Tribe Health Division administered 1,095 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week. Out of 1,095, only 21 doses were first doses. The rest of the inoculations were second doses (boosters).

UPDATES
COVID-19 vaccination hot line open
Call (906) 632-5200 Option 9 for COVID-19 vaccination registration and scheduling for vaccination events in Sault Ste. Marie. Based on the priority criteria, these telephone services will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for the lunch hour from 12 to 1 p.m. If there are no appointments left for our upcoming scheduled events, patients will be placed on a waiting list until additional vaccines will be available.

Please call the nearest Tribal Health Center nearest to register or to schedule appointment (if vaccine is available) for vaccination:
Sault Ste. Marie – 906‑632‑5200, Option 9 on the main menu
Newberry – 906‑293‑8181
Manistique – 906‑341‑8469
Munising – 906‑387‑4721
St. Ignace – 906‑643‑8689

Waiting and scheduling lists are based on current prioritization criteria:
1. A. Health Division personnel.
1. B. Critical personnel of the Sault Tribe (non-Health Division).
1. C. Sault Tribe Elders (60 years and older)
2. A. Sault Tribe members aged 18 years old and older who are at a high risk for development of severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions (such as cancer, obesity [BMI > 30], chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from organ transplant, sickle cell disease, vascular disease, and type 2 diabetes) and/or experiencing homelessness.

SCHEDULE
Sault Tribe Health Division’s Vaccination Events through March 17, 2021:
Feb. 2 – St. Ignace
Feb. 3 – Mackinac Island, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Feb. 3 – Sault for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 3 – Kinross for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 4 – Newberry
Feb. 4 – Manistique
Feb. 4 – Munising
Feb. 10 – Sault for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 10 – Kinross for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 11 – Hessel for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 11 – De Tour for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 12 – Escanaba
Feb. 12 – Marquette
Feb. 17 – Newberry
Feb. 17 – Manistique
Feb. 17 – Munising
March 4 – Newberry
March 4 – Munising
March 4 – Manistique
March 12 – In Marquette
March 12 – Escanaba
March 17 – Munising

VACCINATION VISIT
All patients are asked to bring their Sault Tribe membership card to their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Patients coming for their second dose should bring their CDC vaccination card provided at the first appointment. All vaccinations are provided by appointment only.

UPCOMING INFORMATION
Please watch Sault Tribe website, Sault Tribe Health website and official Facebook Pages:
Sault Tribe website: saulttribe.com
Sault Tribe Health Division Website: saulttribehealth.com
Sault Tribe official Facebook: facebook.com/saulttribe
Sault Tribe Health Division official Facebook: facebook.com/SaultTribeHealthDivision

Vaccination Update 02-01-21

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Jan. 25, 2021

VACCINATION STATUS
By the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 22, the Sault Tribe Health Division administered 1,828 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Out of that number, 204 were second doses (boosters).

UPDATES
COVID-19 vaccination hot line open
As of Jan. 21, the Sault Tribe Health Division in Sault Ste. Marie added option 9 to its main phone menu at (906) 632-5200. Option 9 is a COVID-19 vaccination hot line for registration and scheduling for vaccination events in Sault Ste. Marie. Based on the priority criteria, these telephone services will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for the lunch hour from 12 to 1 p.m. If there are no appointments left for our upcoming scheduled events, Patients will be placed onto a waiting list until additional vaccines will be available.

Please call the nearest Tribal Health Center nearest to register or to schedule appointment (if vaccine is available) for vaccination:
Sault Ste. Marie – 906‑632‑5200, Option 9 on the main menu
Newberry – 906‑293‑8181
Manistique – 906‑341‑8469
Munising – 906‑387‑4721
St. Ignace – 906‑643‑8689

Waiting and scheduling lists are based on current prioritization criteria:
1.A. Health Division personnel.
1.B. Critical personnel of the Sault Tribe (non-Health Division).
1.C. Sault Tribe Elders (60 years and older)
2.A. Sault Tribe members aged 18 years old and older who are at a high risk for development of severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions (such as cancer, obesity [BMI > 30], chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from organ transplant, sickle cell disease, vascular disease, and type 2 diabetes) and/or experiencing homelessness.

SCHEDULE
Sault Tribe Health Division’s Vaccination Plan for through Feb. 11, 2021:
Jan. 25 – Sault / Chi Mukwa (Big Bear), 2 - 4 p.m.
Jan. 26 – Sault / Chi Mukwa (Big Bear), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Jan. 27 – Sault / Chi Mukwa (Big Bear), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Jan. 28 – Sault / Chi Mukwa (Big Bear), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Feb. 2 – St. Ignace
Feb. 3 – Mackinac Island, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Feb. 3 – Sault for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 3 – Kinross for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 4 – Newberry
Feb. 4 – Manistique
Feb. 4 – Munising
Feb. 10 – Sault for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 10 – Kinross for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 11 – Hessel for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 11 – De Tour for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Feb. 12 – Escanaba
Feb. 12 – Marquette
Feb. 17 – Newberry
Feb. 17 – Manistique
Feb. 17 – Munising

VACCINATION VISIT
All patients are asked to bring their Sault Tribe membership card to their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Patients coming for their second dose should bring their CDC vaccination card provided at the first appointment. All vaccinations are provided by appointment only.

UPCOMING INFORMATION
Please watch Sault Tribe website, Sault Tribe Health website and official Facebook Pages:
Sault Tribe website: saulttribe.com
Sault Tribe Health Division Website: saulttribehealth.com
Sault Tribe official Facebook: facebook.com/saulttribe
Sault Tribe Health Division official Facebook: facebook.com/SaultTribeHealthDivision

Vaccination Update 01-25-21

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Sault Tribe Health Division in Sault Ste. Marie adds COVID-19 vaccination hotline

Jan. 20, 2021

Dedicated vaccination hotline
On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, the Sault Tribe Health Division in Sault Ste. Marie will be updating its main phone menu at (906) 632-5200 to include Option 9 as a COVID-19 vaccination hotline for registration and scheduling for vaccination events in Sault Ste. Marie. Based on the priority criteria, these telephone services will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., except for the lunch hour from 12 to 1 p.m. 

Patient registration and waiting list
If there are no appointments left for upcoming scheduled events, patients will be registered, i.e., placed onto a waiting list until additional vaccines will be available. The waiting and scheduling lists are based on current prioritization criteria:
1.A. Health Division personnel.
1.B. Critical personnel of the Sault Tribe (non-Health Division).
1.C. Sault Tribe Elders (60 years and older)
2.A. Sault Tribe members aged 18 years old and older who are at a high risk for development of severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions (such as cancer, obesity [BMI > 30], chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, immunocompromised state from organ transplant, sickle cell disease, vascular disease, and type 2 diabetes) and/or experiencing homelessness.

No non-native spouses will be registered and scheduled for COVID-19 vaccination at this time.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule
The Sault Tribe Health Division's COVID-19 vaccination schedule through Feb. 17, 2021, includes the following events:
Jan. 20 in Sault for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Jan. 20 in Newberry
Jan. 20 in Munising
Jan. 20 in Manistique
Jan. 21 in Hessel for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Jan. 21 in De Tour for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Jan. 21 on Drummond Island for homebound Sault Tribe Elders
Jan. 25 at the Big Bear in Sault Ste. Marie between 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Jan. 26 at the Big Bear in Sault Ste. Marie between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jan. 27 at the Big Bear in Sault Ste. Marie between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jan. 28 at the Big Bear in Sault Ste. Marie between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Feb. 2 in St. Ignace
Feb. 3 on Mackinac Island between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Feb. 4 in Newberry
Feb. 4 in Manistique
Feb. 4 in Munising
Feb. 12 in Escanaba
Feb. 12 in Marquette
Feb. 17 in Newberry
Feb. 17 in Manistique
Feb. 17 in Munising

Please, call the nearest Tribal Health Center nearest to register or to schedule appointment (if vaccine is available) for vaccination:
Sault Ste. Marie – 906‑632‑5200, Option 9 on the main menu
Newberry – 906‑293‑8181
Manistique – 906‑341‑8469
Munising – 906‑387‑4721
St. Ignace – 906‑643‑8689

VACCINATION VISIT

All patients are asked to bring their Sault Tribe membership card to their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Patients coming for their second dose should bring their CDC vaccination card provided at the first appointment. All vaccinations are provided by appointment only.

UPCOMING INFORMATION

Please watch Sault Tribe website, Sault Tribe Health website, and follow Facebook regarding the new COVID-19 dedicated phone line and the availability of new appointments:
Sault Tribe website: saulttribe.com
Sault Tribe Health Division Website: saulttribehealth.com
Sault Tribe official Facebook: facebook.com/saulttribe
Sault Tribe Health Division official Facebook: facebook.com/SaultTribeHealthDivision

Chi Miigwech.

Vaccination Update 01-20-21

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Jan. 18, 2021

VACCINATION STATUS

As of Jan. 18, 2021, the Sault Tribe Health Division has administered 1,678 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Out of that number 204 were second doses (boosters).

From today through Feb. 3, the Health Division plans to administer 1,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 99 percent of which will be booster shots. Appointments for all upcoming scheduled vaccination events have been filled. The Health Division is making an effort to obtain more vaccine.

UPDATES
The Health Division is working to establish a dedicated phone line for COVID-19 vaccination scheduling.

SCHEDULE
Sault Tribe Health Division’s Vaccination Plan for through Feb. 3, 2021:
Jan. 19– St. Ignace
Jan. 20– Newberry
Jan. 20– Munising
Jan. 20– Manistique
Jan. 20– Sault Ste. Marie (home bound tribal Elders)
Jan. 21– Hessel (home bound tribal Elders)
Jan. 21– De Tour (home bound tribal Elders)
Jan. 21– Drummond Island (home bound tribal Elders)
Jan. 25– Sault / Chi Mukwa (Big Bear), 2 - 4 p.m.
Jan. 26– Sault / Chi Mukwa (Big Bear), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Jan. 27– Sault / Chi Mukwa (Big Bear), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Jan. 28– Sault / Chi Mukwa (Big Bear), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Feb. 2– St. Ignace
Feb. 3– Mackinac Island, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Vaccination Update 01-18-21

UPCOMING INFORMATION
Please watch Sault Tribe website, Sault Tribe Health website, and follow Facebook regarding the new COVID-19 dedicated phone line and the availability of new appointments:
Sault Tribe website: saulttribe.com
Sault Tribe Health Division Website: saulttribehealth.com
Sault Tribe official Facebook: facebook.com/saulttribe
Sault Tribe Health Division official Facebook: facebook.com/SaultTribeHealthDivision

Michigan entering next phase for COVID-19 vaccinations, includes tribal members

Michiganders over age 65, some frontline essential workers can receive safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday

    LANSING, Mich. —To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials announced on Jan. 6 the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, Jan. 11.

    Sault Tribe members should be aware that, in addition to receiving vaccinations from the tribe, they have the option of receiving vaccinations from the counties in which they are residents. “Tribal members have rights to exercise a choice to these vaccines in the county in which they reside,” said Sault Tribe Executive Director Christine McPherson. “They do not have to only be vaccinated by their tribe.”

    The state moves forward with vaccination of Michiganders age 65 and older; frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and preK-12 teachers and childcare providers. To date, 80 percent of deaths have occurred among those age 65 and older. In addition to vaccinating Michiganders aged 75+ in Phase 1B (Phase 1B, Group A), MDHHS is accelerating to vaccinate individuals 65-74 years old (Phase 1C Group A). MDHHS is accelerating implementation of vaccination of individuals 65-74 years due to concern around disparity in life expectancy by race/ethnicity for this group (Phase 1C, Group A). 

    All counties may begin vaccinating residents over age 65 and seniors are urged to visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine to find local health departments and other local vaccine clinics near them that are ready to book appointments. Eligible essential workers, teachers and childcare workers will be notified by their employers about vaccine clinic dates and locations. Eligible individuals should not go to any of the clinics without an appointment.

    It is important to note that there is limited vaccine available in the state, and so there will be limited appointments available. As more vaccine becomes available, the state will be able to move more quickly through the priority groups.

    Even with COVID-19 vaccinations starting in Michigan and worldwide, Khaldun urges everyone to continue to practice preventative measures such as properly wearing masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of the virus until the vast majority of people have been vaccinated.

    There will be no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine, however, healthcare providers may bill insurance for administrative costs. The COVID-19 vaccine will require two doses, separated by three or four weeks depending on the manufacturer. Michiganders should receive both doses in order to have full protection from the virus. Individuals who receive the vaccine may experience mild side effects such as low-grade fever, sore arm and general discomfort, which indicate that the vaccine is working. There is a robust state and national process for tracking vaccines and reporting side effects.

    Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine. As additional information and resources become available, it will be posted to this site.

    Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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