The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new Michigan Vaccination Portal so residents can view and save their own vaccination records.
Beginning August 19, anyone 18 years of age or older with a vaccination card in the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) can find their vaccination card in the MCIR if an entry is present and matches their government identification (examples are a Michigan Secretary of State driver’s license or ID card or US passport).
The portal can be found online at www.michigan.gov/immunize or Michigan.gov/MilmmsPortal and is available on computers or smart devices.
“The new vaccination portal gives Michigan adults access to their entire vaccination card as recorded in the MCIR,” said a statement from Northwest Michigan Department of Health officials. “Residents can see their COVD-19 and other vaccination records and see which vaccinations they may be missing.
“This portal provides easy access to individual records. We hope this access will give individuals the opportunity to experience their own health and their records. ”
The MCIR vaccination card appears as a PDF document that can be downloaded, saved or printed out.
To protect privacy, a “MILogin” citizen account must be created and used. New users have to log into their MILogin account and upload a valid official ID to the vaccination portal. The portal is only available to people aged 18 and over, and parents cannot download their children’s vaccination records.
If no vaccination card can be found or you want to request your child’s vaccination card, you can request the vaccination card from a doctor’s office or by calling the health department at (800) 432-4121.
“Getting vaccinated early and following the CDC recommended schedule is the best protection against serious illnesses like COVID-19, influenza, hepatitis A, cancers caused by HPV and measles,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “We have the power to protect not just ourselves, but our entire community if we vaccinate on time.”
Following FDA approval and a unanimous recommendation from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 16 and older, the Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services is also renewing its call on Michiganders to get vaccinated leave asap.
“We now have a fully FDA-cleared COVID-19 vaccine and ACIP has added its unanimous recommendation,” said Khaldun. “Now is the time for Michiganers who have been waiting for this approval to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and to join the more than 4.7 million residents of Michigan who are already fully vaccinated.
“The vaccine is our best defense against the virus and the way we together will end this pandemic.”
ACIP advises the director of the CDC on the use of vaccines and related agents to control vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. The committee’s 14-0 vote came a week after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The Pfizer vaccine was the first COVID-19 vaccine to be marketed in December 2020 and was shown to be better than 94% effective against the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health.
Vaccination of adolescents aged 12 to 15 years with the Pfizer vaccine and additional doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for the immunocompromised remains under emergency approval. ACIP plans to meet this month to discuss booster dose recommendations after reviewing additional data.
To date, Michigan has given nearly 5.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and more than 65% of Michigandans have received at least their first dose of any of the three vaccines.
From January through July 2021, 98% of COVID cases, 95% of hospital admissions, and 96% of deaths were from unvaccinated Michigan, according to the state.