COVID-19 Vaccine at Bronson

Based on guidance from the State of Michigan, Bronson Healthcare is vaccinating adults 65+ and healthcare workers as supplies allow.

Bronson is committed to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly, safely and equitably as possible. The amount of vaccine hospitals receive each week from the State of Michigan is limited and inconsistent. Recently, hospitals were notified that the allocations will be changing, which will likely result in Bronson receiving less vaccine.

We understand that many are interested in receiving the vaccine. At this time, we encourage adults 65+ and community health care workers to register below so we can contact you when an appointment is available based on vaccine prioritization criteria.

Steps for COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling

  • Step 1: Register for the vaccine. By registering, you are indicating that you want Bronson to contact you to schedule an appointment when vaccine is available for you.
  • Step 2: Wait to be notified by Bronson when it is your turn to move to the next step to schedule an appointment. Due to a limited vaccine supply, you may not immediately receive a notification to schedule, even if you fall within the criteria we're currently vaccinating.
  • Step 3: Schedule your vaccination appointment by logging in to Bronson MyChart and selecting an available date and time.

To begin registration, click the button below:

REGISTER FOR VACCINE THROUGH BRONSON MYCHART

When you click the register button:

  • If you are a Bronson MyChart user follow vaccine registration instructions.
  • If you are not currently a Bronson MyChart user, follow the sign-up instructions. Once you are logged in to Bronson MyChart, follow the vaccine registration instructions. You do not need to be a Bronson patient to sign up for Bronson MyChart.

The Quickest and Easiest Way to Register is Through Bronson MyChart

If you are having difficulty with the online registration in MyChart, consider having a trusted family member or friend help you.

COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Call Center

If you are unable to use MyChart and require assistance with registration, starting Tuesday, February 9 at noon, please call our COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at:

(269) 567-3136

The call center is available Tuesdays through Fridays, from noon to 4 p.m.

Call volumes are extremely high. Please only use the phone line if you are eligible for the vaccine and unable to register online. This will allow those who can only schedule by phone to have access to one of our team members.

Please note: This call center team cannot tell you how long it will be until you will be able to schedule your vaccination. The scheduling prioritization is based on phases as outlined by the State of Michigan and vaccine supply. The call center is also unable to schedule appointments if you have not received a notification that you can schedule.

COVID-19 Vaccines Administered

This data is current as of 2/28/21.

First Doses* Second Doses* Total Doses*
18,245 14,554 32,799

*Currently, Bronson is administering both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which require two doses each.

COVID-19 Vaccine Phases

Based on guidance from the State of Michigan (subject to change) the COVID-19 vaccine is to be dispensed in these phases defined here. Currently, the following are approved for vaccination by the state of Michigan as of January 11, 2021:

  • Health care workers. For vaccination information for this phase, see FAQ below.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • People 65 and older
  • Frontline essential workers (as defined by the State of Michigan). For vaccination information for this phase, see FAQ below.

This is subject to change based on guidance from State of Michigan, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and vaccine availability.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Process

What is the selection process for who gets scheduled first?

The scheduling prioritization is based on phases as outlined by the State of Michigan and vaccine supply. Within those phases, we will be sending out scheduling notification based on age, health risk level and location. When those numbers exceed the vaccines available, random selection may be implemented.

If I'm an existing patient at Bronson, do I still need to register?

Yes. By registering through this process, this tells us that you would like to receive the vaccine. It also provides Bronson with additional information, related to the phases, that may not already be in your electronic medical record.

How do I know if I registered?

After you complete your registration questions on Bronson MyChart and click the green “Submit” button, you will be routed back to the home page, which will show you a notification that you have successfully registered.

Multiple submissions do not increase your chances of getting a vaccine earlier.

What do I do after I register?

Once you've registered, you do not have to take further action. Due to a limited vaccine supply, you may not immediately receive a notification to schedule, even if you fall within the criteria we're currently vaccinating. Depending on supply and eligibility, it make take weeks or months to receive a notification that you are able to schedule.

Please note: The call center team cannot tell you how long it will be until you will be able to schedule your vaccination. The scheduling prioritization is based on phases as outlined by the State of Michigan and vaccine supply. The call center is also unable to schedule appointments if you have not received a notification that you can schedule.

To avoid missing important emails from Bronson, add donotreply@bronsonhg.org to your list of trusted contacts, and check your spam filter regularly.

This is also a good time to review your contact information in your Bronson MyChart account to make sure everything is up to date. Additionally, you should check your notification settings in MyChart. If you have the Bronson MyChart app, you should turn on your push notifications in your smartphone/tablet app settings. 

To revise your communication preferences in MyChart: 

  1. Log in to your Bronson MyChart account.
  2. Select the Menu.
  3. Locate Communication Preferences under Account Settings.
  4. You may see some notifications to update your information, or enable certain types of communication preference categories. Click the links to launch into those, if desired.
  5. Select the icon to enable, or disable, certain preferences. Select Save Changes.
    • Note: Some preferences are locked in the on or off position based on if we can offer that communication preference.
  6. Lastly, verify all of your demographic information including your address, phone number, and email address. To update, select Edit. When done, select Save Changes.
    • If you wish to receive text messages make sure the correct phone number to text is in the mobile field.

What do I do if I receive an invitation to schedule?

If you are a MyChart user, you will receive a notification to schedule through MyChart and through the email entered in your COVID-19 registration questionnaire. If you are not a MyChart user, you will receive notification via the email provided during registration or a phone call based on your preferred communication preference.

If you receive an invitation to schedule a vaccine appointment, please do so as quickly as possible through Bronson MyChart (or by phone if you’ve chosen that option.) In order to reach the most people within a short period of time, we may ask that you register within a specific timeframe. If your invitation expires or that date does not work for you, you will receive another invitation in the future.

How do I sign up for Bronson MyChart?

If you do not have a Bronson MyChart account, you can create one here

Bronson MyChart is a secure online connection that allows you to access your electronic health information, and by proxy your family's health information, from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Learn more.

If you are experiencing difficulties signing in to or creating your Bronson MyChart account, we can help! Call Bronson HealthAnswers (269) 341-7723, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I want my family or friend to help me register and schedule my appointment. How do I get them access?

You can share your electronic health information with trusted family members and friends through proxy access. Those individuals can help schedule appointments, speak with your doctor(s), refill prescriptions, and more. Keep in mind, these individuals will have access to the entirety of your electronic medical record, including but not limited to billing, diagnoses, prescriptions, test results and after-visit summaries.

  1. In MyChart, under the Menu, go to Share My Record
  2. Click Friends and Family Access
  3. Select +Invite Someone
  4. Enter the name and email address of the individual
  5. Select Send Invite
  6. Repeat for any additional individuals you’d like to invite

The user can then confirm the invite from their email which will link them up with your MyChart account.

What if I don’t see the registration on MyChart?

If you don’t see the registration panel on the homepage after you sign into your Bronson MyChart account, you can find it in your questionnaires section. To access that section:

  1. Sign into MyChart
  2. Select the Menu
  3. Under the My Record section select Questionnaire
  4. Select the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Questionnaire in the Optional Questionnaires section.
  5. Answer the questions and select Submit

How do I indicate I’m no longer interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine at Bronson?

If you schedule elsewhere or decide you’re no longer interested, you can let us know by editing your registration. To edit your registration:

  1. Sign into MyChart
  2. Select the Menu
  3. Under the My Record section select Questionnaire
  4. Select the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Questionnaire. (The previous date completed will be in the Last Filled Out column.)
  5. Answer the first question “Are you interested in getting the COVID-19 Vaccine?” with a No
  6. Select Continue
  7. Select Submit

If you receive an invitation to schedule a vaccine appointment, please do so as quickly as possible through Bronson MyChart (or by phone if you’ve chosen that option.) In order to reach the most people within a short period of time, we may ask that you register within a specific timeframe. If your invitation expires or that date does not work for you, you will receive another invitation in the future.

Location Information & Preparing for an Appointment

Where are the vaccines for 65+ being administered at Bronson?

Vaccines are being administered at the following locations by appointment only:

Calhoun County

Bronson Fieldstone Center
165 N Washington Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Kalamazoo County

Bronson Vaccination Clinic
6901 Portage Rd.
Portage, MI 49002

Van Buren County

Bronson Vaccination Clinic
52375 N. Main St.
Mattawan, MI 49071

Bronson Wellness Center
950 S. Bailey Ave.
South Haven, MI 49090

For a printable flyer and map of each location, click here.

Due to the refrigeration requirements of the vaccine, Bronson is providing COVID-19 vaccinations at these central locations instead of in each medical practice as we do for flu and other vaccines.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only? Can I walk-in?

Vaccines are by appointment only. Walk-ins are unable to be accepted at this time.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring your state issued photo identification card and your health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare card(s). If you are on Medicare, please bring both your Medicare red, white and blue card and Medicare Advantage card, if you have one. While there is no charge for the vaccine, there is an administration fee, which will be billed through your insurance. If you do not have health insurance, you can still get the vaccine.

Please also wear clothing that allows access to your upper arm.

While at your appointment, you must wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others.

Can I bring someone with me?

To keep everyone safe, we ask that you do not bring anyone else to your appointment. An exception is made for patients who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities including dementia, or behavioral concerns and/or patients who need communication support or assistance due to the specifics of their disability.

Only the registered individual will receive the vaccine.

After Your Vaccination

How will I schedule my second dose?

After receiving your first dose, you will be prompted to schedule your second dose the same way you did your first 21 or 28 days later, depending on the vaccine received. Those scheduling in Bronson MyChart will receive a notification to schedule your second dose appointment. If you need help scheduling your second dose, someone will be onsite to assist you.

What should I do after I receive the vaccine?

After you receive your vaccine, you are required to remain onsite for at least 15 minutes. If you scheduled through Bronson MyChart, you will receive a prompt to schedule second dose either 21 or 28 after your first dose. If you scheduled by phone, someone will assist you at check-out with your second appointment 21 or 28 days after your first dose.

After receiving the vaccine, you should continue to follow COVID-19 precautions.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

The side effect most often reported by people who took the vaccine is soreness at the injection site. Additional side effects may include fatigue, headache, sore muscles or joints, chills, and low-grade fever. These are all normal side-effects of most vaccines. The side effects typically subside in 24 hours. For some people, the second dose caused more inflammation than the first dose.

Consult your doctor if the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours, or if your side effects are worrying or do not seem to be going away after a few days.

Severe side effects are rare with the COVID-19 vaccine. If you think you may be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Other severe reactions include shortness of breath, hives, facial swelling, trouble breathing. If you think you are having a severe reaction, call 911.

Safety and Other Questions

Can I select which vaccine I receive?

Currently, we are administering both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. At this time, you are not able to choose which vaccine you receive. The vaccine supply available on the day you are scheduled for your first dose is the one you will receive. Your second dose must be the same brand as your first dose.

I am an essential worker, how can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

I am a healthcare worker in Phase 1A, how can I schedule the vaccine?

Is the vaccine safe?

Yes. Safety is a top priority in the U.S. vaccine safety system to ensure all vaccines are as safe as possible. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines safe to administer in the U.S. Coupled with wearing a mask and social distancing, this is the best way to keep yourself safe from COVID-19. According to the FDA, both vaccines show effectiveness of about 95% in preventing COVID-19 disease in adults.

Are the vaccines effective against the new variants of the COVID-19 virus?

The vaccines are expected to protect us against new strains of the virus. This is being closely monitored by scientists and vaccine makers at global, national and regional levels. If you would like to learn more about the variants and up-to-date findings, visit the CDC’s variants webpage.

What if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, is the vaccine safe for me?

According to the CDC, people who are pregnant or breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, please have a discussion with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

Dr. Amanda Walker, physician with Bronson Obstetrics, Gynecological & Midwifery Specialists, and Dr. Richard VanEnk, director of infection prevention and epidemiology, sat down to discuss concerns related to the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility.

For more information, visit the CDC’s recommendations for pregnancy and breastfeeding webpage.

Why are second doses needed?

The second dose should be scheduled 21 or 28 days after your first dose, depending on the manufacturer of the vaccine received. The second dose boosts the immune response and improves the vaccine’s effectiveness. You should not skip the second dose. You need both doses to be protected.

Is it possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No, there is no virus in the vaccine so you cannot get a viral infection from the vaccine.

What are some additional local, state and national resources?

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

Questions?

Do you have a question about the vaccine? You can e-mail COVIDvaccine@bronsonhg.org to ask questions. E-mails will be reviewed and responded to during regular business hours Monday-Friday.

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