Vaccine

Catherine’s Health Center is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment. This includes both established patients and non-patients of Catherine’s Health Center. Complete the registration form at the link below 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 a variety of vaccine options including the Moderna vaccine. These vaccines are authorized for emergency use by the FDA and are 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.

Vaccination Location

Vaccination is done by appointment only at the Catherine’s Creston 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 mass vaccinations like a mass vaccination site would. We appreciate your patience in the scheduling process.

Who Can be Vaccinated

Depending on the vaccine, all persons 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. At this time, Catherine’s cannot vaccinate anyone under 18. You do not need to be a patient of Catherine’s to receive a vaccine. 

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. The authorized 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

Testing

Catherine’s staff can provide COVID-19 drive-through testing for patients by appointment. Same-day appointments are available. Please call to schedule (616) 336-8800.

See the CDC for more information about COVID-19 testing.

FAQ

General Questions:

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 after 28 days. 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 body aches.

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

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 soon after the vaccination will I be considered fully immune?

Approximately two weeks.

Do I need to keep wearing a mask after I am vaccinated? 

It is recommended that you continue wearing a mask in public even once you are vaccinated. 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.

Debunking Myths:

How do I know which COVID-19 vaccine information sources are accurate?

Accurate vaccine information is critical and can help stop common myths and rumors. 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.

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.

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. mRNA and viral vector vaccines are the two types of currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines available.

Learn more about mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines.

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. Both mRNA and viral vector 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.

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 infectionIf 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

More questions?

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

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