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CHEBOYGAN — Monday afternoon, the District Health Department Four announced additional spots that have been made available for people who want to get their COVID-19 vaccinations in either Cheboygan or Alpena this week.
The health department staff is continuing to focus on the most vulnerable populations — including the elderly and those with health conditions such as diabetes — and the local first responders when it comes to distributing the vaccines. However, there have been more than 1,000 new spots made available between the Cheboygan County and Alpena County locations to offer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone over the age of 18 years old who wants one. No appointment is needed to take one of these additional vaccine spots.
From 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, the vaccine clinic at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cheboygan will have 800 additional spots available to administer vaccines to those who do not have an appointment.
Then, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 1, the vaccine clinic at The Alpena Mall will also have an additional 800 spots to fill for people who want to be vaccinated, either their first or second dose.
In order to receive one of these additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a person has to be 18 years old or older and live within the District Health Department Four service area. District Health Department Four services Cheboygan, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties.
When coming to one of these two clinics, the person receiving the vaccine is also asked to bring their valid identification cards and an insurance card. When you arrive at the site, you will be greeted at the door and given a time to return for your vaccine.
These additional slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis and there will not be any more than the 800 slots available at each location.
Anyone who already has an appointment for either one of these clinics will still receive their vaccines at their previously scheduled time. Those with appointments do not need to call to verify their vaccines, their appointments are separate from the additional vaccines that will be given.
Residents with questions about COVID-19 can still call the District Health Department Four COVID-19 hotline at 989- 358-7936, or email the hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org. These hotlines are meant to answer general questions regarding the virus and the vaccine. These hotlines are not to be used to make vaccine appointments, to preregister for a vaccine, or to check where someone is in line to get a vaccine.
Anyone who wishes to preregister for a vaccine can go online to https://www.dhd4.org/covid19vaccine and fill out the form. Once you receive the thank you for submitting your request message, you are officially in line to receive a vaccine.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can call Region Nine Area Agency on Aging at 989-358-4899 to preregister, or call District Health Department Four at 989-356-4507, option one, to register. Due to the high number of calls coming into these centers, your call may not be answered immediately and you may need to call back.
According to the District Health Department Four website, on March 29, there were 11 new cases — probable cases and confirmed cases combined — reported in its service area. This includes four in Alpena County, five in Cheboygan County and one each in Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties. This brings the total number of cases in the health department’s jurisdiction to 3,961. Of these cases, 1,583 are in Alpena County, 1,249 are in Cheboygan County, 390 in Montmorency County and 739 in Presque Isle County.
In these four counties — in the last year since the pandemic started — there have been 125 people who have passed away as a result of the virus. This includes 46 people in Alpena County, 37 in Cheboygan County, 16 in Montmorency County and 26 in Presque Isle County.
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