After a historic worldwide effort, two vaccines are now approved to help stop the spread of COVID-19. That includes vaccines being available in Michigan’s Copper Country. Below is the available information in regards to that. This information has been gathered in conjunction with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and local healthcare agencies. It will be updated as much as possible.
Please have patience with this process. All public health and healthcare officials have been stretched thin through this pandemic, and they’re all working as hard as they can to get this vaccine into our community as swiftly and safely as possible.
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Who can get the Vaccine?
As of January 11, 2021 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is moving forward with vaccination of Michiganders that are:
- Paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home.
- Residents in long-term care facilities.
- Age 65 and older.
- Frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers, and jail and prison staff.
- PreK-12 teachers and childcare providers.
Information on how eligible Michiganders can get the vaccine can be found at the bottom of this page. Please remember, there is a very limited supply available.
What Vaccine is Available?
Available at Aspirus locations and Baraga County Memorial Hospital. Learn more about Pfizer Vaccine from the CDC.
Available at UP Health System - Portage, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Centers, Western UP Health Department and Aspirus locations. Learn more about the Moderna Vaccine from the CDC.
Why should I get the vaccine?
Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Stopping the pandemic requires using all the tools we have available.
If you have any questions about the vaccine, we suggest visiting michigan.gov/covidvaccine.
Note: Even after receiving the vaccine you should continue to follow basic safety tips such as social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing a mask.
How do you get the vaccine?
There are several options available. Below they are outlined by county. Please note that vaccine supplies are limited and all providers are extremely busy trying to get this out to as many people as possible. This will be updated as often as possible.
Aspirus Ironwood, Keweenaw, & Ontonagon
- Request vaccine here.
- Call Ironwood Hospital: 1 (906) 932-2525.
- Call Laurium Hospital: 1 (906) 337-6500.
- Call Ontonagon Hospital: 1 (906) 884-8000.
Baraga County Memorial Hospital
Call the dedicated hotline and leave a message. They will call you back.
- Call: 1 (906) 524-3471.
UP Health System-Portage
At this time we invite those interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to call our vaccine voicemail line at (906) 483-1775 and leave a message with your name and call back number. (Last update: February 15, 2021) Updates being posted here.
Upper Great Lakes Family Health Centers
- Make a request in your patient portal.
- Call: 1 (906) 483-1060.
Veterans Affairs Clinics
The VA clinics in our region are calling veterans to get them the vaccine as soon as possible.
Western U.P. Health Department
These are currently administered in Bessemer, Hancock and Ontonagon. Appointments will be made available as soon as vaccine supply is made available. Check back often.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I receive updates on the vaccine's availability locally?
Yes. Sign up for email alerts here. We will send emails out every Monday and Thursday with the latest information related to Coronavirus in the Western U.P. In addition, we will send alerts from time-to-time with status changes or when new appointments open up. With that said, your best bet to get the vaccine as soon as possible is to contact your local healthcare provider using the information above.
Can I request the vaccine from multiple places?
Yes. However, please note that you are taking a spot from someone else if you are on multiple organization's waiting lists. This is OK to do, but if you are able to schedule a vaccine, we urge you to call and remove yourself from other lists.
After I receive the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask and social distance?
Yes. To stop the spread, it's important you still follow all of the safety precautions that have been put in place.
Additional answers to frequently asked questions are available at michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.
Contact the Health Department
If you have additional questions, please contact the Western UP Health Department. Their contact information can be found here.