Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination is available on campus.  University Health Service (UHS) is offering the Moderna vaccine and the Michigan Medicine U-M North Campus Research Complex clinic is offering the Pfizer vaccine.   Appointments at both locations can be scheduled online through the patient portal. You will need to establish a medical record number (MRN) if you do not have one. You can do this online by using the Blue Queue Member MRN Creation link on the MyUofMHealth homepage or by calling 734-936-4990.

You can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan if you are at least 12 years old. This includes international students, scholars , employees and their family members.  If you are currently living in the U.S., you are eligible for the vaccine regardless of your immigration status as long as you meet any state requirements, such as age requirements.

The vaccine is free. There is no cost to receive the vaccine. The U.S. government is providing the vaccine itself free of charge. Either your health insurance or the U.S. government will pay for the vaccine administration fee.

If you are interested in receiving the vaccine:

  • Read the COVID-19 vaccine information from University Health Service, which includes "Top Tips for COVID Vaccination."
  • Establish a medical record number (MRN) if you do not have one. You can do this online by using the Blue Queue Member MRN Creation link on the MyUofMHealth homepage  or by calling 734-936-4990.
  • Create a MyUofMHealth account if you do not already have one.
  • You can also sign up at other places that are offering the vaccine. International students, scholars, faculty and staff are eligible to receive the vaccine wherever it is offered

To find off-campus vaccine locations:

Planning where to be vaccinated – in the U.S. or in your home country

  • You are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  For information about options for vaccination, see the  Maize and Blueprint website.  UHS lists other options for vaccination.
  • If you are not able to be vaccinated before leaving the U.S. for the summer, or if you are currently outside the U.S, do not wait until you get to the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19.   Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to you. For more information, see the Campus Maize and Blueprint website and the COVID-19 Vaccine Update.
  • For the purpose of meeting U-M COVID-19 policies and quarantine and isolation requirements, the university recognizes vaccines that are authorized for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Act and the World Health Organization (look for the COVID-19 vaccine EUL issued list).
  • Read the Vaccination FAQs on the Campus Maize and Blueprint website for the most updated information.

Important reminders:

  • Have your insurance card available when you make your appointment and at your appointment. If you receive your vaccine at a pharmacy, you may be asked for your “pharmacy card.”
    • International students and scholars covered by the International Student/Scholar Health Insurance Plan (IHI) should use their virtual or plastic insurance card. There is no separate “pharmacy card.” Your insurance plan will pay for COVID-19 vaccine administration without cost-sharing (no cost to you) at any U.S. vaccination site. The vaccination site does not have to be "in-network."
    • International students, faculty or staff covered by GradCare or by one of U-M’s faculty/staff health insurance plans can provide either their medical insurance ID card or their prescription drug ID card. The U-M Benefits Office advises you not to use both cards to avoid confusion.
  • You do not need a social security number (SSN) to receive the vaccine. As always, be very careful about providing personal information such as your social security number, bank account numbers or credit card numbers. Read this warning about COVID-19 vaccine scams from the Michigan Attorney General.
  • Consider timing. Some of the COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. If you plan to travel outside the U.S, make sure that you can obtain your second dose before you leave the U.S.

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Last Updated: 06/01/2021