COVID-19 Vaccination Update and FAQs

In the coming weeks, details will be available on how to schedule your vaccine. Covenant HealthCare is excited to actively support the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine for patients and the community once frontline healthcare teams are protected.

January 6, 2021, the state announced Phase 1B is eligible for vaccination (including residents age 65 and older). Front line healthcare workers and physician offices are still in the process of receiving their vaccine. Covenant is closely collaborating with the local health department and suppliers to coordinate additional vaccination clinics. We want to move the community forward, getting the vaccine out, and will share more details as soon as possible.

Saginaw County, where our main campus is located, is unique for the large number of healthcare workers who reside here. We ask for patience as we work with our partners to make sure vaccine doses are administered to those who want it in the Phase 1A priority groups.

For more information on availability and scheduling in Saginaw County, please visit the Saginaw County Health Department website.

January 8, 2021

Is the vaccine now available to anyone over the age of 65 in Michigan?

Yes, but not yet.

As announced by the state January 6, 2021, Phase1B is eligible for vaccination, which now includes residents 65 of age and older - a change from 75 and older. However, at this time the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available to this group in Saginaw County.

Front line healthcare workers and physician offices are still in the process of receiving their vaccine. Covenant is closely collaborating with the local health department and suppliers to coordinate additional vaccination clinics. We want to move the community forward, getting the vaccine out, and will share more details as soon as possible.

“We’re not there yet,” says Christina Harrington, Director of the Saginaw County Health Department in reaction to the state’s announcement about Phase 1B. “We’re still working through Phase 1A. Saginaw is unique for the large number of healthcare workers, so we ask for patience as we work with our partners to make sure our county’s vaccine doses are administered to those who want it in the Phase 1A priority groups.”

Frontline healthcare workers should contact their employers or local county health department for more information.

For more frequently asked questions and answers from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, visit: www.Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.


COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

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?




Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

People aged 16 and older may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.


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. 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 (e.g., healthcare personnel) 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. Data from phase 2/3 trials have shown similar safety and efficacy in people with underlying medical conditions compared to those without.


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.