Vaccine

Catherine’s Health Center will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults 18+ by appointment beginning 04/05/2021. This includes both established patients and non-patients of Catherine’s Health Center. Complete the registration form and a member of our staff will contact you to schedule your appointment (this form does not schedule an appointment).

Vaccine Options

At this time, we are offering the Moderna vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for emergency use by the FDA and is effective in reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The Moderna vaccine requires two appointments of one dose each. Find more information from the CDC about the Moderna vaccine here.

Read the full Moderna Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) here.

Vaccination Location

Vaccination is done by appointment only at Catherine’s main location: 1211 Lafayette Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Other locations may be available soon. Please note, we are a community clinic and not offering vaccinations in bulk like mass vaccination sites. We appreciate your patience in the scheduling process.

Catherine’s will also be distributing COVID-19 vaccines at various community events throughout the summer. Click the link below to find an event near you.

Who Can be Vaccinated

Beginning April 5, all persons age 18 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Whether you are a patient of Catherine’s or not, you can get the vaccine. However, scheduling priority will be given to existing patients of Catherine’s. 

Please complete the registration form and our staff will call you to schedule your appointment. The form does not create an appointment.

*Please note: If you have received your first Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere, we are unable to provide the 2nd dose. We encourage you to return to the same place you received your first vaccine.

Resources & Information

We encourage everyone to receive a vaccine as soon as one is available. The authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe for almost all individuals. Call our nurses to ask questions or schedule an appointment with a provider if you have concerns.

You cannot get COVID-19 from a COVID-19 vaccine. Check out the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s information about the immune system for more on how the vaccine works. Or, call our nurses and ask!

Looking for more information?

Updates occur frequently. We strongly encourage you to visit these sites for more information:

 

Or, give our Vaccine Coordination Nurse a call to ask your questions: (616) 336-8611

*Please note, they will not be able to schedule you for an appointment faster. Please submit the form for the quickest scheduling.

Testing

Catherine’s staff can provide COVID-19 drive-through testing by appointment. Same-day appointments are available. Please call to schedule (616) 336-8611.

You can expect results within 2-3 days of your test. See the CDC for more information about COVID-19 testing.

FAQ

Do I have to pay for the vaccine?

No, there is no cost for the vaccine. If you have insurance, we will bill them for the administration, but you will not personally be charged for the vaccine. Call us if you have more questions at (616) 336-8611.

Will I have to come back for a second dose of the vaccine?

You will need to come back to Catherine’s Health Center to receive the second dose of the Moderna vaccine 28 days later. Your second appointment will be scheduled when you receive your first dose.

If I have had COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?

Yes, it is recommend that you still get vaccinated.

How does the vaccine work?

Vaccines give instructions to the cells that work for your immune system. This teaches the immune system how to react and fight off the virus should it come in contact with it. 

It will take a few weeks for your immune system to learn how to fight off the virus and commit the process to memory. During that process, because the immune system is working to practice a response to a virus, sometimes people experience things like a fever, fatigue, or other side effects.

Read more information from the CDC about how the vaccine works.

What are the side effects after my shot?

Common side effects include: pain and swelling on the arm where you got the shot. You may also experience a fever, chills, tiredness, and/or a headache. Side effects may feel like the flu, but they should go away in a few days.

How soon after the vaccination will I be fully immune?

Approximately two weeks.

Do I need to keep wearing a mask and/or can I gather in groups of people after I am vaccinated? 

It is recommended that you continue wearing a mask in public even once you are vaccinated. Group gatherings depend on the environment, the number of people, and vaccine status of the people. See the Michigan Department of Health and human Services (MDHHS)’s website for more information about this.

Will there be a COVID-19 booster shot in the future?

There is no current booster shot. Research is still ongoing, and we will update this information page when we know more.

More questions?

Read the MDHHS full FAQ list or the CDC FAQ list.

Or, give our Vaccine Coordination Nurse a call: (616) 336-8611

*Please note, they will be unable to schedule you for an appointment faster. Please submit the form for scheduling. This number is for health-related COVID-19 questions.