The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Protect Michigan Commission have launched a new text messaging program to share COVID-19 vaccine information and encourage Michiganders to get vaccinated.

The text messaging program will reach 1 million people in counties across Michigan, with a focus on high vulnerability communities and areas with low COVID-19 vaccination coverage.

The text messages will ask individuals about their plans around COVID-19 vaccination and then link people to vaccination sites in their area or direct them to sources for more information. The first message will clearly identify the sender as “the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.” People have the option to opt out by replying “STOP” to any of the messages at any time.

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages all residents who desire vaccination to respond to the text message or visit our website, www.bhsj.org, where they can make an appointment for upcoming vaccination clinics.  Additionally, the mobile unit is available to come to your location, business or event.  To schedule the mobile clinic, call 517-279-9561 ext. 101.