COVID-19 Vaccine

We are committed to health equity and enabling everyone—no matter what their race, ethnicity, or economic status—to receive the vaccine. This includes both our team members and the community we serve. The COVID-19 vaccine will help to protect you, your family, loved ones and the community.

We will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines that have met the rigorous requirements of the FDA and are recommended by the CDC, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

We are also continuously making updates to our scheduling, walk-in locations, and vaccine information. Please check back frequently as we work to keep you safe and informed.

We are committed to health equity and enabling everyone—no matter what their race, ethnicity or economic status—to receive the vaccine. This includes both our team members and the community we serve. The COVID-19 vaccine will help to protect you, your family, loved ones and the community. Once it is available to you, we recommend receiving the vaccine so we can start to move past the pandemic to better health.
 

Quick Links:


COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling

  • Step 1

    Step 1: Register for the COVID-19 vaccine

    This adds you to the list. You do not need to be a Spectrum Health patient to use this service.

  • Step 2

    Step 2: Wait for a notification that you are able to schedule


    After you have registered, you are all set. You will be notified when there is vaccine available and it is time for you to schedule your appointment.
  • Step 3

    Step 3: Schedule your vaccination

Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

Information, convenience, and choice of COVID-19 vaccine are our priorities as we expand vaccine access to our communities and patients. You have options as we offer pre-scheduled appointments and, when possible, walk-in clinics.
A few important things to know:
  • Walk-in locations are for first dose only.
  • Your second dose is scheduled after your first dose appointment.
  • Different vaccine types (manufacturers) are available at different locations. Appointment availability and location can depend on the vaccine manufacturer of your choice.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by a legal guardian

Most recent update:

May 21, 2021: All Spectrum Health primary care physician offices, including pediatrics, are now offering vaccines to patients with a Spectrum Health primary care physician. See below for how to make an appointment.

Additionally, all Spectrum Health urgent care locations (excluding Orthopedic Urgent Care) are now offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) to any eligible patient who is 18 and over.

How to schedule an appointment

Individual ages 12-17:

Call your Spectrum Health primary care provider/pediatrician, to schedule an appointment directly. Note that your appointment may be made with any primary care provider based on appointment availability.

Call the Spectrum Health COVID Vaccine Call Center at 833.755.0696 if you do not have a Spectrum Health primary care provider to get an appointment at other available locations like urgent care facilities or clinics.

Individuals 18 and over:

Schedule online with your Spectrum Health MyChart account. Scheduling with MyChart will give you a list of available options including primary care offices, urgent care locations and vaccine clinics by vaccine manufacturer preference.

Call the Spectrum Health COVID Vaccine Call Center at 833.755.0696 if you do not have a Spectrum Health MyChart account, have trouble accessing your account or need special assistance including language services.

Female patients under the age of 50 may schedule online or call.

Important note: If your preference is the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, please carefully review our Johnson & Johnson Side effects information sheet prior to scheduling your appointment. You can also find additional information about this vaccine in our Get to know the vaccines section.

Walk-in appointments: When available all walk-in locations are available, we will update that information here. This information can change daily. Please check back frequently.

Please note that walk-in locations are for a first dose only. If you are trying to schedule your 2nd dose and have already received your first, please do so through Spectrum Health MyChart or by calling the Vaccine Call Center (833.755.0696).


Spectrum Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center
Contact: 833.755.0696
8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week

Things to Know Before Your Vaccine

For your safety, if you fit into any of the categories below you will not be able to receive your vaccine at your scheduled appointment:
  • Are not feeling well and have a temperature greater than 100.4F
  • Have received any other vaccine in the last 14 days (including flu or shingles vaccine)
  • If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction for which you were hospitalized or treated with epinephrine (EpiPen) as a result of: a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a component of the COVID-19 vaccine, or an injectable medication containing polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate. If you have, you will need a message from your provider indicating you are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Received passive antibody therapy as treatment for COVID-19 in the last 90 days
  • Are currently in self-isolation for COVID-19 (10 days of self-isolation are required after symptoms)

If the items above apply to you, please cancel/reschedule your appointment. If you are unsure if you should get the COVID-19 vaccine and want to speak with a provider, please contact a primary care provider.

Things to Know When You Arrive at Your Appointment

  • You should expect this appointment to take between 30 and 60 minutes.
  • In compliance with existing Visitor Restrictions please wear a mask, come alone to your vaccine appointment.
  • Arrive at your scheduled appointment time. We will not be able to accommodate early arrivals.
  • Further instructions will be provided prior to your appointment and upon arrival.

Scheduling Frequently Asked Questions

If I’m not eligible until after April 5, can I still schedule now for a date after April 5?
We will not be able to schedule you until you are officially eligible by the State of Michigan. Please use the online scheduling tool once you become eligible.

When do I schedule my 2nd dose?
A second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine is necessary to further boost the immune response and ensure long-term protection from COVID-19. Community members can schedule their 2nd dose after they have received their first by calling 833.755.0696 or through their Spectrum Health MyChart account.

What if I was previously on the registration list and do not see any available appointments using the online scheduling tool?
Please call 833.755.0696.

If my county has opened eligibility to all those 16 and older, can I schedule with Spectrum Health?
We will be vaccinating those eligible per the State of Michigan guidelines (see current eligibility in above section). If you are eligible in your county but not currently eligible at Spectrum Health, please refer to your local Health Department’s instructions for how to schedule.

After scheduling online, it offers the option of logging into my MyChart account so I do not have to continue as a guest. However, I am unable to login to MyChart.
This login will only work if you are logging into Spectrum Health MyChart. To create an account, click here.

What should I do if I have special mobility considerations?
Please call 833.755.0696.

How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Through your Spectrum Health MyChart account or by calling 833.755.0696

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Phases

A summary of eligible groups according to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is listed below:

  • Select essential/frontline workers
  • Individuals aged 50 and older
  • Family members/guardians of children with special health care needs
  • Individuals 16 years and older who have disabilities and/or underlying medical condition

  • For complete descriptions of each phase visit Michigan.gov

    Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

    What should I expect after getting my COVID-19 Vaccine?
    You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. To learn more about side effects and when to call your primary care provider please download the CDC’s “What to expect” document below. "What to Expect after Getting a COVID Vaccine" (.pdf)

    How does the COVID-19 Vaccine Work?
    Vaccines work by tricking the immune system to fight off an infection. They do this in different ways. Some use weakened versions of the virus that are unable to cause illness (chicken pox and measles); some use dead virus (influenza); and the COVID-19 vaccine uses pieces of the virus to target a specific protein on the surface of the virus.
    Note: You cannot get COVID-19 from a vaccine. The vaccine would contain proteins or other biological substances to stimulate the immune response, but not the coronavirus itself.

    How is the vaccine administered?
    Health care personnel and patients will receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a shot into the muscle of the upper arm. If you are receiving the Pfizer of Moderna vaccine, a second dose is then administered either three or four weeks later.

    Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
    The FDA carefully reviews all safety data and only authorizes vaccine use if there’s sufficient evidence strongly suggesting that patients have benefitted from the vaccine and that it meets safety standards. The FDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to help ensure the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine.

    Is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?
    The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be effective, based on initial clinical trials. Because the vaccine is authorized for an emergency use during the pandemic, the vaccine’s maker will continue to collect data to demonstrate whether the vaccine is effective over longer periods of time. Find more information in the Emergency Use Authorization for Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.

    Does the vaccine have side effects?
    There are usually mild to moderate side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. The most common side effect caused by the vaccine includes pain at the site where the vaccine was given, which is in the arm. Other side effects may include a headache, fever, chills or muscle aches.

    Do I need to get my 2nd dose?
    If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it is important to get your 2nd dose in order to receive the full protection of the vaccine. This is based on the clinical trial data for both COVID-19 vaccines. 


    Experiences With the COVID-19 Vaccine