COVID-19 Vaccination Update and FAQs

Covenant HealthCare is working closely with the Saginaw Health Department in alignment with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and CDC vaccination guidelines. 

Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

COVID-19 vaccine scheduling is now open online to people ages 16 and older. Schedule your appointment today through MyChart. Not a MyChart user? No problem. Follow the steps to become a new user and schedule your appointment today. 

Once you have created your account:

1. Log-in to your MyChart account, go to Visits and select Schedule an Appointment

2. Click on Tell us why you’re coming in and select the COVID-19 Vaccine reason for visit

3. Answer a few questions to ensure you meet criteria to receive the vaccine

4. Select one of the vaccine clinics if you prefer a specific location. Otherwise, click Any Location to see all available appointments at any of our vaccine clinics.

5. Select an available appointment date and time, verify your personal information and insurance.  You are able to add insurance coverage to your account at this time. 

6. Verify the details of the appointment you are about to schedule and click the Schedule button if everything looks correct.  

7. You can see your appointment details under the Visits Upcoming Visits section.  You may also Cancel/Reschedule your appointment from here.



If you need assistance scheduling your vaccine or cancelling an appointment, call 989.583.3180 Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

For more information on registering in MyChart, visit the MyChart landing page.

COVID-19 Vaccination General Information

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?

I have an allergy to other medications/vaccines; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

I am currently sick; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

I am immunocompromised; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

I have an underlying medical condition; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

I was exposed to COVID-19 recently; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

I was previously infected with COVID-19; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

I just received a non-COVID-19 vaccination, when can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

What side effects should I expect?

How do I know my symptoms are from the vaccine and not an actual COVID-19 infection?


COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

How are COVID-19 vaccines being scheduled by Covenant HealthCare?

How do I make an appointment for my first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

I haven’t been contacted yet for an appointment, will I?

Is there a cost to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine? If not, why do you need my insurance information?

For those who have an existing vaccine appointment:

What do I do if I am scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine, and am running late or need to reschedule?

Do I have to bring my vaccine record card with me?

What if I lost my vaccine record card?

How will I be contacted to get the vaccine?

Will more than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine be required?

What if I can’t make my second dose appointment?

What do I do if I have a reaction to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Who do I call if I have clinical questions after my vaccine?



COVID-19 Vaccination General Information

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

People aged 16 and older may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, yet the details are constantly evolving. Visit the CDC website for details on the various vaccines available.


Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is contraindicated in individuals who have a history of severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to any component of the vaccine. At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is not authorized to be used in children or adolescents under the age of 16.


I have an allergy to other medications/vaccines; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

If you have a history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should NOT get vaccinated. If you have a history of severe allergic reaction to another vaccine or injectable medication, you may still receive the COVID-19, but should be monitored for a longer period following administration. For all other situations, you can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine and follow standard monitoring procedure following administration.


I am currently sick; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. Whether you have a current COVID-19 infection or other acute illness, it is recommended you wait until your symptoms are resolved before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no minimal time interval between infection and vaccination, but we would recommend you be fever free for at least 24 hours.


Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If a woman is part of a group who is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and is pregnant or breastfeeding, she may choose to be vaccinated. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should discuss with their healthcare provider prior to administration to evaluate their individual risk.


I am immunocompromised; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, immunocompromised people may receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless otherwise contraindicated. Currently, there is not data available to establish safety or efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine in this group. However, this population is at risk of for severe COVID-19 infections and would benefit from vaccination. There is a potential for the vaccine to be less effective in this population and individuals should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves against COVID-19, including limiting social gatherings and mask wearing.


I have an underlying medical condition; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, a COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions who have no contraindications to vaccination.


I was exposed to COVID-19 recently; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is recommended that you wait until your quarantine period has ended to be vaccinated to avoid exposing healthcare personnel and others during the vaccination visit. Special consideration may be made to those living in congregate settings like long-term care facilities and correctional facilities.


I was previously infected with COVID-19; can I still receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, you should still be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is unknown how long immunity last following infection, but some research is suggesting immunity could start waning after 90 days. Vaccination is the best way to make sure you are still protected from another COVID-19 infection.


I just received a non-COVID-19 vaccination, when can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine should not be administered at the same time (or same day) as any other vaccine. It is recommended to wait at least 14 days between COVID-19 vaccination and any other vaccine.


What side effects should I expect?

The most commonly reported side effects were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. These symptoms typically resolve in one or two days. Side effects were more common following the second dose.


How do I know my symptoms are from the vaccine and not an actual COVID-19 infection?

After a vaccination you may experience side effects such as fever, headache, and muscle aches. These also happen to be symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. With the vaccine, these symptoms should resolve with 1-2 days of onset. If these symptoms last longer than 2 days, you may have a COVID-19 infection. If you have any other symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell, these are not from the vaccine and may be symptoms of COVID-19 or another infection. The COVID-19 vaccine WILL NOT give you an infection.



COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

How are COVID-19 vaccines being scheduled by Covenant HealthCare?

We are excited to announce that self-scheduling is now available online via MyChart. Click here to register and schedule your appointment today.


How do I make an appointment for my first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

We are excited to announce that self-scheduling is now available online via MyChart. Click here to register and schedule your appointment today

Currently, all vaccine appointments are scheduled online. Walk-ins are not permitted. Any minors must be accompanied to the vaccination appointment by a legal guardian.

If you need assistance, call 989.583.3180 Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. 

In addition to Covenant HealthCare appointments, there are also additional vaccination opportunities through the Saginaw Health Department and other community partners.


I haven’t been contacted yet for an appointment, will I?

If you have done self-scheduling through MyChart, all confirmation will be done online. If you have previously registered via a form online through Covenant HealthCare, you should have been contacted.


Is there a cost to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine? If not, why do you need my insurance information?

There is no out of pocket cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and patients can receive a vaccine regardless of ability to pay. No fees will be charged to get vaccinated. There will be no cost-sharing from insurance plans. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. COVID-19 providers agree to administer vaccine regardless of an individual’s ability to pay and regardless of their coverage status, and may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from a vaccine recipient. However, vaccine providers will be able to charge a small administration fee for giving or administering the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. But remember, there is no out of pocket cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and all patients can receive a vaccine regardless of ability to pay.


What do I do if I am scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine, and am running late or need to reschedule?

If you have an existing appointment and you are running late, need to cancel or reschedule, call 989.583.3180.


Do I have to bring my vaccine record card with me to my second appointment?

We highly encourage you to bring the card with you. The card you receive at a first dose appointment is primarily to encourage people to remember to come back for a second dose, as it's crucial for preventing future COVID-19 spread. You can bring the card back with you in order to have it filled out with the rest of your vaccine information.


What if I lost my vaccine record card?

The card you receive at a first dose appointment is primarily to encourage people to remember to come back for a second dose, as it's crucial for preventing future COVID-19 spread. If you lose your card, please don’t worry. Your vaccination will be recorded electronically.


How will I be contacted to get the vaccine?

Depending on where you registered, you may be contacted a variety of ways. If you registered via MyChart, communication will come through MyChart. If you are being contacted by Covenant, the number will show up as 989.583.3180. Please note on some cell phones, this number will say “Potential Spam” due to the large volume of phone calls that come out of Covenant HealthCare. As a precaution, please know if we call you, we will never ask for your social security number or credit card information.


Will more than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine be required?

If receiving a vaccine that requires two doses (such as Pfizer or Moderna), yes. To ensure the best protection from COVID-19, it is very important to not skip the second dose. The second dose must be from the same vaccine manufacturer, so it will be important to ensure that where you receive your second dose has the right vaccine. If you can, it would be best to follow up with the same provider who gave you your first shot.

J&J vaccines require only one dose, but others need two shots to be effective. It is very important that you receive the vaccine from the same manufacturer both times and get the doses within the required time frame to ensure the best protection from COVID-19. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, the second dose needs to be 21 days after the first dose. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, the second dose needs to be 28 days after the first. At this time, Covenant is primarily administering the Pfizer vaccine, but also handling others as additional types of vaccines become available.


What if I can’t make my second dose appointment?

The CDC is recommending that the second dose is given no later than 6 weeks after the first dose. Pfizer is as early as 17 days after the first dose, and Moderna is as early as 24 days after the first dose.

We are encouraging anyone signing up for their first dose be available for their second dose in the 17-21 day timeframe.

If you have an existing appointment and you are running late, need to cancel or reschedule, call 989.583.3180.


What do I do if I have a reaction to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

If you have a reaction after your vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider. If symptoms are severe call 911 or go the nearest emergency room. Please make sure to log any reaction in V-Safe, the after vaccination health checker.


Who do I call if I have clinical questions after my vaccine?

Please follow up with your PCP or medical provider. If they have further questions, they are able to connect with a Covenant vaccine specialist.