COVID-19 Vaccine at Bronson

At this time, all COVID-19 vaccine appointments for adults 65 and older have been filled, and we are unable to accept new appointment requests. We will open more appointment times each week as supply arrives. Check this page frequently for updates.

COVID-19 Vaccine at Bronson

Bronson will begin vaccinating adults 65 years and older on Saturday, January 16, at four locations. Vaccines are given by appointment only. No walk-ins. At this time, all scheduling is being done through Bronson MyChart. See instructions below.

If you are an essential worker seeking a vaccine, please contact your local health department.

Bronson and local health departments are continuing to vaccinate healthcare workers in Phase 1A while expanding vaccine distribution to the community based on current guidance from the state of Michigan.

How to Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccination at Bronson

If you are 65 years or older, sign in to your Bronson MyChart account to schedule your vaccination. If you do not have a Bronson MyChart account, you can create one here. This is the quickest, easiest way to schedule your vaccine. You will receive appointment reminders and prompts in MyChart to schedule your second dose. See Frequently Asked Questions section below for additional sign-up information.

The number of appointments available is based on the number of doses of vaccine we get from the federal government. We will open more appointment times each week as supply arrives. Soon, if you require special assistance or have difficulty with MyChart, we are working on making other options available.

We look forward to vaccinating as many people as possible, and appreciate your patience.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution at Bronson Healthcare

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Phases 

Based on guidance from the State of Michigan (subject to change) the COVID-19 vaccine is to be dispensed 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

Is there a call in option to schedule?

There is not a call in option at Bronson at this time. Consider asking a trusted family member or friend for assistance in signing up for Bronson MyChart. If you require special assistance or have difficulty with MyChart, we are working on making other options available soon. 

Please do not call your providers office for vaccine scheduling.

How do I sign up for Bronson MyChart?

If you do not have a Bronson MyChart account, you can create one here. This is the quickest, easiest way to schedule your vaccine as you will receive appointment reminders and prompts to schedule your second dose.

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.

How do I make an appointment through Bronson MyChart?

If you are eligible per MDHHS guidelines to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, follow these steps to sign up for an appointment:

  1. Log into MyChart or Sign Up for an account today.
  2. Access the Visits section and select Schedule an appointment.
  3. Select the COVID-19 Vaccination – First Dose.
  4. Answer the pre-scheduling questions to confirm vaccination eligibility.
  5. Select the location desired for receiving the vaccination.
  6. Select an available time.
  7. Verify your demographic information is current.
  8. Verify your insurance information is correct.
  9. Enter what you want addressed as "Vaccine" and then select Schedule.
  10. The visit is now available in your Visit activity to review or modify, if needed.

For step-by-step instructions, click here.

Where are 65+ the vaccines 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.

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 Advantage and Medicare red, white and blue cards. 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, cognitive impairments 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.

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. 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. You also will receive a prompt via Bronson MyChart to schedule your second dose 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.

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?

If you are a phase 1A healthcare worker as defined by the State of Michigan, you may use Bronson MyChart to schedule your vaccination. Please note appointments are limited to vaccine availability. To sign up for MyChart, click here.

If you are a phase 1A healthcare worker but do not have a Bronson MyChart account, please visit your local county health department’s website.

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.

Why are second doses needed?

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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