Catherine’s Health Center offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots by appointment. This includes both established patients and non-patients of Catherine’s Health Center. Complete the registration form at the link below or call us to schedule an appointment.
Did you know? It is completely safe to receive your COVID-19 bivalent booster shot and flu shot at the same time! Consider scheduling both at your next vaccine appointment.
Attention: We are now offering bivalent COVID-19 boosters to all who are eligible. Please give us a call to schedule your COVID-19 bivalent booster shot.
The Moderna COVID –19 vaccine requires two appointments of one dose each for the primary series, with additional booster shots to promote renewed protection also available, including the new bivalent booster shot. Find more information from the CDC about the Moderna vaccine here.
For those who are severely immunocompromised, there is a different vaccination schedule that includes additional doses in the primary series and boosters. Call us for more information.
Catherine’s Health Center can provide at home COVID-19 tests for pick up at any of our locations. Please call to schedule a pickup of home tests.
Who Can be Vaccinated
At this time, anyone over the age of 6 months can be vaccinated against COVID-19. You do not need to be a patient of Catherine’s Health Center to receive a vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccination for adults is done by appointment at the Catherine’s Creston location: 1211 Lafayette Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 and the Catherine’s Wyoming location at 950 36th Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509. COVID-19 Vaccinations for children 6 months and older are done by appointment or during visits at the Catherine’s Wyoming location. We appreciate your patience in the scheduling process.
Resources and Information
We encourage everyone to receive a vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are generally considered safe. Call our COVID Nurse 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 nurse and ask!
Looking for More Information?
Updates occur frequently. We strongly encourage you to visit these sites for more information. Or, give our COVID Nurse a call to ask your questions: (616) 336-8611.
Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
No, there is no cost for the vaccine. If you have insurance, we will bill them, if possible, for the vaccine administration. You will not personally be charged for the vaccine or the administration, regardless of insurance status our outcome of our request. Call us if you have more questions at (616) 336-8611.
If I have had COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?
Yes, it is recommended that you still get vaccinated.
What are the possible reactions to my shot?
Common reactions include pain and swelling on the arm where you got the shot. You may also experience a fever, chills, fatigue, and/or body aches. Typical reactions may feel like the flu, but they should go away in a few days.
How do I know if and when I’m eligible for a booster shot?
If you received your COVID-19 vaccination from Catherine’s Health Center, our Vaccine Nurse will reach out to you when you are eligible for a booster shot, or if you would like information on getting the COVID vaccine or boosters, please give one of our offices a call to discuss scheduling a booster shot.
How does the vaccine work?
Vaccines give instructions to the cells that work for your immune system. This teaches the immune system how to look out for, react and fight off the virus.
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 body aches.
Will I have to come back for a second dose of the vaccine?
You will need to return to Catherine’s Health Center to receive the second dose of the Moderna vaccine after about 28 days. Your second appointment will be scheduled when you receive your first dose.
How soon after the vaccination will I be considered fully immune?
Approximately two weeks.
How do I know which COVID-19 vaccine information sources are accurate?
Accurate vaccine information is critical and can help stop disinformation and misinformation. It can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust. Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information.
Do any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States shed or release any of their components?
No. Vaccine shedding is the term used to describe the release or discharge of any of the vaccine components in or outside of the body. Vaccine shedding can only occur when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus. None of the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. contain a live virus.
Learn more about mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines.
Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines 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 to vaccination, which is the goal, 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.
Learn more about the possibility of COVID-19 illness after vaccination.
Can receiving a COVID-19 vaccine cause you to be magnetic?
No. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals.
Learn more about the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccinations authorized for use in the United States.
Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
Yes. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.
Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. mRNA COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept.