As of December 19, 2020, two vaccine manufacturers have been approved for use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At this time both of the COVID-19 vaccines have been shipped and vaccination has started. Supply is limited and there will be continued prioritization for vaccine distribution.
The two COVID-19 vaccines approved and recommended for emergency use authorization include Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for use in those 16 years of age and older and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for use in those 18 years of age and older.
Michigan has prioritized how the vaccine will be distributed using the MDHHS Prioritization Guidance. As there is a limited supply of vaccine, the initial groups eligible to receive the vaccine include:
- healthcare workers,
- first responders,
- long term care residents and staff,
- frontline essential workers,
- childcare and pre-K through high school staff,
- congregate care facilities,
- mortuary service workers who routinely work with infectious materials, and
- individuals 65 and older.
Additionally, as of March 1, Michiganders in food processing and agricultural settings can get vaccinated. As more vaccine becomes available, you and your child will fit into a priority group based on age and whether they have any additional risk factors. Michigan anticipates that the broader public should be able to receive the vaccine later in the spring or summer of 2021.
It is important to stay up to date with information that is being shared through various media outlets on which priority group is currently eligible to receive the vaccine. It is also important to speak with your child’s primary care provider, who can assist you with determining which priority group your child falls into based on their age and/or risk level.
Learn more about Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine plan and prioritization guidance at www.michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.