Save Your Spot

Oakland County, it’s time to “Save your Spot” in line for the COVID-19 vaccine. Help us understand your interest in a vaccine so we can organize the distribution of our supply. When you are eligible to set an appointment and vaccine doses are available, we will contact you by phone, text or email.

How Oakland County Health Division will schedule appointments

  • State of Michigan notifies Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) with next week’s vaccine allotment.
    • The amount of vaccine received will determine how many new appointments OCHD will schedule.
  • Oakland County Health Division will send appointment invitations directly to individuals.
    • Invitations are sent based on priority eligibility and the timestamp of when an individual signed up for “Save Your Spot” list.
    • Invitations are sent by phone, email or text using the contact information you provided when you registered to “Save Your Spot.”
    • We are working to reduce disparities and ensure vaccine availability to communities at greater risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19. While supplies are low, outreach efforts will reach populations and communities who may have more difficulty accessing vaccination.
    • Health Division assigns weekly vaccine supply for 1st and 2nd dose appointments previously scheduled for the current week. If any vaccine is remaining, new appointments are added.
  • Individual receives invitation to make vaccination appointment by phone or online link.
    • The invitation to make an appointment is non-transferrable and we ask that you not share it.
    • Your second dose appointment is made at the same time when we make your first dose appointment.
    • Your appointment location may be at one of our five drive-thru clinics or at a single-day large vaccination site.

To understand how distribution is working overall, please click here.

If You Have An Appointment

  • Bring a driver’s license or photo identification with current address. Work or student identification may also be required at your appointment.
  • Wear a short sleeve shirt or shirt with a sleeve that can be rolled to the top of your arm.
  • You will be asked to show your QR code confirmation at the vaccine station. Please have your phone ready or print a hard copy. (There is a back-up process to check-in for your appointment if you do not have your QR code with you.)
  • Once you get your vaccine, you will be in observation for 15 minutes. If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to anything (food, insects, etc.) you will need to stay in observation for 30 minutes.
  • If you had any type of allergic reaction to the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, you will not be allowed to get the second dose at Oakland County Health Division vaccine sites.
  • If you have ever passed out after vaccination or blood draw, you must have someone else drive you to this appointment.
  • Pets are not allowed in the vehicle. The vaccination cannot be given if pets are in the vehicle.
  • Persons receiving any vaccine in the past 14 days should delay COVID-19 vaccination until 14 days have passed.
  • Persons with a history of COVID-19 infection should wait minimally until their isolation period is discontinued before receiving COVID-19 vaccine; however, may wait up to 90 days.
  • Women who receive a COVID-19 vaccine and have a mammogram scheduled should notify the imaging center that they have been vaccinated and in which arm.
  • If there are any changes to confirmed appointments, the Health Division will contact you directly. You do not need to contact us.

After Your Appointment

  • TB testing should be deferred for 4 weeks after dose 2 of the COVID vaccine.
  • Future vaccination should also be delayed for 14 days following COVID-19 vaccination.


How do I sign up for Save Your Spot?

Click on the blue box on the home page that says ‘Complete Form: Save My Spot’ and answer each question by clicking on the appropriate circle or typing in your information.  Make sure to click on the green button at the bottom right when you are finished with your answers.

Why are you asking for my race on the Save Your Spot form?

Oakland County uses this information to assist in understanding how information about the COVID-19 vaccine is being disseminated throughout the county and among different communities. We are also working to reduce disparities and ensure vaccine availability to communities at greater risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19. While supplies are low, outreach efforts will reach populations and communities who may have more difficulty accessing vaccination.

This information is provided voluntarily; if you are not comfortable providing it, you can choose the “prefer not to answer” option and this will not affect your ability to sign up for the program.

What happens after I sign up on the Save Your Spot form?

Your information is kept in a confidential database.  Once the State of Michigan informs us of the number of doses that we will be shipped the following week, we will begin to schedule appointments.  We will invite people signed up on the “Save Your Spot” list by eligibility and time of sign-up.  Once notified you will have 48 hours to make your appointment. You will be able to call or make an appointment or online.  This invitation to make an appointment is non-transferrable and we ask that you not share it with other residents. These appointments may be at our drive through or at a single day large vaccination site.

Will I receive a confirmation email after I sign-up for the Save Your Spot form?

We enhanced our system, so if you signed up for “Save Your Spot” after February 2nd you will receive an email auto reply confirmation from If you don’t see a confirmation email in a reasonable amount of time, please check your “spam/junk” or “promotions” folder to look for messages that your email filter has incorrectly marked as spam.

At this time, emails confirmations are not being sent retroactively to those who signed up before February 2nd, if you filled out the form before 2/2/21, you ARE on the list. 

Can I remove myself from the Save Your Spot form?

Yes. Complete this form to remove yourself from the list if you have been vaccinated by another provider. If you have been vaccinated by Oakland County Health Division, you will be removed automatically.

Will I be informed of whether it’s the Pfizer Vaccine or the Moderna Vaccine?

Yes.  Wherever you receive your vaccine they will inform you what type it is, provide you information, and schedule your second dose at the appropriate time.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?

Yes. The mRNA vaccines are especially safe: among the tens of thousands of people enrolled in the Phase III mRNA-Vaccine Clinical Trials, none have experienced severe adverse reactions. This is unheard of for vaccine clinical trials.

Vaccines are traditionally developed from one of several methods: (1) “live-attenuated” virus, made from virus that has been altered to decrease its virulence (harmful, infectious potential); (2) killed virus; (3) purified portions of virus, such as surface proteins.  The mRNA vaccine contains none of those components, only the “message” used for our cells to produce a single protein to stimulate our immune system. These mRNA vaccines are the safest in vaccine history to date.

Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.

Will the vaccine be safe for people with pre-existing conditions?

Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. However, they should be aware of the limited safety data on the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in this population.

Will the mRNA vaccine alter my DNA?

No. mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can most easily be described as instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease.

Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.

Will the vaccine be free? Will it be administered through Oakland County? How will you notify when the vaccine is available? Will you let us know which company it will be from?

OCHD will be administering the vaccine, while pharmacies and hospitals may assist. Cost will not be an obstacle to anyone receiving the vaccine.

Information about vaccine availability is updated regularly on this webpage, and anyone can receive updates from OCHD by registering their email address.

What type of effects have been noted for people on medications, such as blood thinners? Is there data to suggest that there will be an effect resulting from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Unfortunately, there is very limited data on the vaccine at this point. OCHD is awaiting that information and will provide it when it becomes available.

Can the vaccine give me a COVID-19 infection?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. The goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. This means it is possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

Will I have a positive COVID-19 Test after getting the vaccine?

No. Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

Do I still need to wear a mask even after I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection provided by the CVOID-19 vaccines under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.  Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before changing recommendations on steps people need to take that slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Getting a COVID-19 vaccine together with following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.

Can the COVID-19 vaccine help me even if I have already been infected with COVID-19?

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they had COVID-19 before.At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity to COVID-19 may not last very long. Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.