Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

4/19/2021: U-M has announced additional opportunities for students, scholars, faculty, staff, spouses and dependents age 16 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Maize and Blueprint website explains how to register for an appointment. Please also read the Important Reminders below. One of the vaccination sites is the Meijer Pharmacy, and U-M’s Central Student Government provided free transportation to Meijer for vaccinations on April 15 and April 16 and will continue that during the week of April 19.


4/13/2021:  Pay close attention to the Maize and Blueprint website and any emails you are sent regarding your vaccination appointment.   Your previously scheduled vaccine appointment may have changed or been canceled. 


Beginning on Monday, April 5, 2021, you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan if you are at least 16 years old. This includes international students, scholars and employees. 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."
  • Join the Michigan Medicine vaccine queue by following these steps:
    • Fill out the Blue Queue questionnaire
    • 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.
    • Create a MyUofMHealth account if you do not already have one.
  • Sign up at other places that are offering the vaccine.  You may be able to receive the vaccine more quickly off campus. 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.  Students currently in the U.S. should try to take advantage of special vaccination opportunities for students.   The Maize and Blueprint website explains how to register for an appointment   –  please read this information carefully!  UHS lists other options for vaccination.  You can also register for an appointment at a large vaccination site such as Ford Field in downtown Detroit.
  • 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, please make decisions about the vaccine that align with your health and safety needs and the vaccine’s availability.  The vaccines that the U.S. has approved through the “emergency use authorization process” are the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and the one-dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.  If you are abroad and have access to these, you may wish to get one of them. But if that is not possible, there is no reason to delay vaccination.
  • U-M is still developing its COVID-19 vaccination policies, and is aware of your concerns and questions about vaccination obtained outside the U.S. We will pass along any additional guidance as soon as it becomes available.

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, make sure that you can return to the same location for your second dose before you leave the Ann Arbor area.  Also, make sure that your second dose appointment will not conflict with exams or other important commitments.

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Last Updated: 04/19/2021