Bay County Health Department (BCHD)

Thank you for your interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines receiving Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are safe and effective, and EUA fact sheets from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are available for review. Vaccinating the population of Bay County will be integral to controlling the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in our community.
BCHD has a supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Persons who live or work in Bay County (or elsewhere, as resources allow) may obtain the COVID-19 vaccine from BCHD. Some people will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine from other local sources:
1. McLaren Health Care (McLaren): McLaren employees and affiliated providers and staff will have the ability to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a McLaren facility or select Walgreens in their communities. McLaren is already administering vaccine to these staff.
2. Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program (CDC): Residents and staff of nursing homes and long-term care facilities (including Assisted Living Facilities, Homes for the Aged, and Adult Foster Care Homes) will have the ability to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at these facilities through a program organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with CVS and Walgreens.
3. COVID Vaccination Program Enrolled Providers: Some local medical providers are expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine in the future, and they can be identified using Vaccine Finder (when COVID-19 vaccines are added to that system).
In order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from BCHD, persons will need to complete this registration survey, which serves multiple purposes:
1. Provide important patient education to vaccine recipients.
2. Collect essential information from vaccine recipients.
3. Facilitate scheduling appointments for vaccination on a prioritized basis, consistent with guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
4. Minimize the time required to administer vaccine at the scheduled appointment.
You will need to complete the survey in a single session, which should take about ~15 minutes. Before getting started, you will want to have the following information (* when applicable):
  • Demographics (date of birth, gender, race, ethnicity, etc.)
  • Contact Information
  • Primary Care Provider (including phone number)
  • Health Insurance ($0 out-of-pocket expense for insured and uninsured)
  • Work Information*
  • Date Quarantine Expected to End*
  • Date Specimen Collected for Positive COVID-19 Test*
  • Date Received Medical Treatment for COVID-19*
  • Status: Immunocompromised*
  • Status: Pregnant or Lactating*
  • Status: Increased Bleeding Risk*
  • Status: Other Recent Vaccinations (within 14 days)*
  • Status: History of severe allergic reaction (i.e., anaphylaxis)*
  • Prior COVID-19 Vaccine History*
After successfully completing the registration survey, you can expect to receive an email with your vaccination appointment date and time. How quickly you receive that email and how soon your appointment will occur will depend on BCHD's supply of vaccine, the local demand for vaccine, and your prioritization relative to others. 

BCHD is committed to delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to the public efficiently and effectively while ensuring the health and safety of vaccine recipients as well as our staff and volunteers. BCHD created an incident command structure to support our COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Bay County. We are working to increase our supply of vaccine and increase our capacity for administering vaccine. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we tackle this enormous undertaking.

If you have questions, you may visit the BHCD website, send an email to (, or call (989-895-4009).

Joel R. Strasz
Health Officer

Thomas John Bender, MD, PhD
Medical Director