Benefits of Getting COVID-19 Vaccine & Where to Get One

March 1, 2021

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The COVID-19 Vaccine is: SAFE, EFFECTIVE & FREE!

The City of Southfield has received numerous inquiries regarding how to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under current federal regulations, small and medium-sized cities are not permitted to administer vaccination programs. Oakland County is the responsible authority for administering vaccinations that are not otherwise authorized by the State of Michigan within the City of Southfield. While the City of Southfield remains an active partner with Oakland County and is providing all requested assistance, the City is not directly providing vaccinations.  

It is understandable that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated with the new COVID-19 vaccines that are now available in the United States. While additional COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety remains a top priority, and there are many important, potentially life-saving reasons to get vaccinated.

For more information on where to get a vaccine locally, contact Oakland County:

No Internet access to register for a vaccine appointment? Call the Southfield COVID Vaccine Hotline at (248) 796-4529 for assistance 24/7. 

  • Please note: this service is for residents to “Save Your Spot” only for an eligible Oakland County vaccination appointment. Oakland County is the responsible authority for scheduling appointments and administering vaccinations. 

  • To participate, callers should leave their name and telephone number and staff will return calls as received to get more information to register residents for the first available vaccine appointment for which they are eligible. The hotline is open 24-hours; however, staff will return calls Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Major pharmacies including Meijer's, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens have all announced they will also be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify to receive it as soon as they have it available for administering. Additionally, many other healthcare providers, insurance carriers and non-profit organizations will be offering appointments for vaccination. Check their direct websites frequently for further information. 

Additional Oakland County COVID 19 Vaccine Providers:

* Vaccine supplies are currently limited. Individuals are encouraged to check with their primary physician first for vaccine availability.

Meijer Pharmacy: To register to reserve a vaccine: fill out the form; text COVID to 75049 or call your local Meijer Pharmacy.
When vaccines become available, individuals will be notified by phone or via text with an invite link showing available clinic dates and times.

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland: Will begin offering vaccinations to individuals age 65 or older as soon as vaccines become available. Scheduling information will be posted online as soon as it is available:

Beaumont: Individuals 65 or older will be randomly sent invitations as vaccines become available. The only way to schedule an appointment is through myBeaumontChart. An email will be sent to the address on file (from providing a link to schedule an appointment.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield: Must be a patient of the Henry Ford Health System and have a MyChart account. Will notify patients vi a text or phone when the vaccine becomes available. Ensure the information listed in the MyChart account is up to date.
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McLaren Oakland: Complete the vaccine sign up form McLaren Health Care 65+ COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up Form ( Patients will then be notified when
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Ascension: Will notify eligible patients as appointment times are made available. 248-465-4100. COVID Vaccination Information by Region | Ascension

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Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

NO! None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Below is a summary of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on what we currently know from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC will continue to update this information as more data become available.

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.
  • All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection

  • 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.
  • Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • 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.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

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Last Updated: March 1, 2021

Primary Content Source(s): National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)Division of Viral Diseases