COVID-19 Vaccine at Bronson

Bronson Healthcare is currently vaccinating:

  • Everyone 12 years and older (primary vaccinations)
  • Those who qualify for additional doses (third doses and boosters) based on CDC recommendations

COVID-19 Vaccines Administered

This data is current as of 10/19/21.

First Doses Second Doses Additional Doses Total Doses
36,400 31,327 5,591 73,318

COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling

Bronson is committed to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly, safely and equitably as possible. Help us all move forward by getting the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Scheduling an appointment is easy!

First Dose

Everyone 12+ is invited to immediately schedule their first dose appointment date and time at any of our available clinic locations. 

Additional Doses

  • Third Dose
    • The CDC recommends that people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if they already received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. See the questions and answers below to determine if you are eligible. If you are eligible for a third dose, please schedule through Bronson MyChart or the online scheduling tool.
  • Booster
    • The CDC recommends that certain groups receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. See details here about who is included in that recommendation.

Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Schedule Online Schedule through Bronson MyChart

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Dates and Times Available for First Dose

Dates and Times Available for Additional Dose (Third Dose and Booster)

COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center

If you are unable to use online scheduling and require assistance, please call our COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at:

(269) 220-3970

The call center is available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sorting It Out: Experts Address Common Vaccine Questions

Bronson experts take a close-up look at some common topics of interest regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in these videos. We encourage you to take a look at topics of interest:

Long-term risk of vaccine vs. Long-term risk after COVID-19 infection
While not everyone that gets COVID-19 will have a severe case that puts them in the ICU, there still can be long-term effects that impact quality of life. In this video, our Bronson providers discuss what they've seen in the patients they care for. Dr. Larry Morgan, neurocritical care specialist and Cara Klein, nurse practitioner, Bronson Family Medicine, provide valuable information in this video.
COVID-19-Vaccine: A Discussion About Short and Long Term Effects
Dr. Megan Sikkema, Bronson Medical Group pediatric director of clinical practice and Dr. Carla Schwalm, medical director Bronson pediatric hematology and oncology, address common questions about the short and long term effects of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding
Dr. Amanda Walker, Bronson Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Sarah Sharghi, Bronson Pathology, answer common questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine related to pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding. Dr. Sharghi shares her own personal experience related to the topic.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Doses (Third Dose and Booster) COVID-19 Vaccine

Who is eligible for an additional dose (third dose or booster) of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Booster

The CDC recommends that the groups listed below should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

  • People aged 65 and older
  • Residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
  • People aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions

The CDC recommends that the groups listed below may receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

  • People aged 18-49 years old with underlying medical conditions
  • People aged 18-64 years old at an increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to occupational or institutional settings. Per the CDC, occupations at increased risk include frontline essential workers and health care workers including:
    • First responders (health care workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
    • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
    • Food and agriculture workers
    • Manufacturing workers
    • Corrections workers
    • S. Postal Service workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers

Please note: a booster has not been approved for those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson primary vaccinations.

Third Dose

The CDC recommends people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses. This third dose should be administered at least 28 days after completion of the initial 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series.

Currently, the CDC’s definition of those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Please note: a third dose has not been approved for those who received Johnson & Johnson primary vaccination. If you have questions about whether you should receive the third dose, talk to your provider.

How do I schedule an additional dose (third dose or booster) through Bronson?

The easiest way is to schedule your appointment is through Bronson MyChart. If you do not have MyChart, you can use open scheduling on bronsonhealth.com/covid19vaccine. Those who are unable to schedule online can call our Call Center at (269) 220-3970 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where is Bronson administering the additional doses (third dose and booster)?

Bronson will be administering the third dose and booster to patients at our four vaccine clinics by appointment only. Those clinics are located here.

How do I find my vaccine history?

  1. The COVID-19 Vaccination Record card that you received when you got your vaccine should contain the date(s) and manufacturer of the vaccine you received.
  2. Quickly find and share your COVID-19 vaccination or testing status digitally with COVID-19 Status Activity in Bronson MyChart. Learn more.
  3. Check this State of Michigan website for your full immunization record: MDHHS Immunization Portal.

Scheduling Process:

What if I am 12-15 years old?

12-15 year old children are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Select an appointment date and time at one of the Pfizer clinics available to you. You will need to have a parent or legal guardian accompany you to your vaccination appointment. If an adult other than your legal parent or guardian is accompanying you to your appointment, bring this consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian. You may print the form yourself, or pick one up at a Bronson pediatric practice, Bronson Family Medicine – Helmer Road, or one of these outpatient testing sites.

Dr. Megan Sikkema, pediatrician at Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics and pediatric hospitalist at Bronson Methodist Hospital, and Dr. Richard VanEnk, director of infection prevention and epidemiology, sat down to answer frequently asked questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine and teenagers.

For more information, visit the CDC’s Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines page.

Having access to your teen’s MyChart account can help you stay informed and manage their healthcare needs. If you haven’t done so already talk with your teen and complete the MyChart Proxy Request form today.

What if I am 16 & 17 years old?

16 & 17-year-old children are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Select an appointment date and time at one of the Pfizer clinics available to you. You will need to have a parent or legal guardian accompany you to your vaccination appointment or bring this consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian. You may print the form yourself, or pick one up at a Bronson pediatric practice, Bronson Family Medicine – Helmer Road, or one of these outpatient testing sites.

Dr. Megan Sikkema, pediatrician at Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics and pediatric hospitalist at Bronson Methodist Hospital, and Dr. Richard VanEnk, director of infection prevention and epidemiology, sat down to answer frequently asked questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine and teenagers.

For more information, visit the CDC’s Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines page.

Having access to your teen’s MyChart account can help you stay informed and manage their healthcare needs. If you haven’t done so already talk with your teen and complete the MyChart Proxy Request form today.

What do I do after I schedule my first dose?

After you schedule, please plan to arrive at your clinic location check-in area at the scheduled appointment time.

How do I schedule my second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine?

When you schedule your first dose, you will automatically be scheduled for the second dose 21 or 28 days from the time of your first dose, depending on the manufacturer. The appointment will be set for the same time and location as your first dose.

If that appointment time is not convenient for you and you need to change it, you can do so through Bronson MyChart or by calling the Vaccine Call Center at (269) 220-3970.

The call center is available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine requires only one dose, so a second dose will not be scheduled.

Do I need Bronson MyChart to schedule?

You do not need MyChart to schedule, however having an account will ensure you receive appointment reminders and allow you easy access to your medical records.

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 schedule my appointment. How do I get them access?

You can have a trusted family member or friend assist you with the COVID-19 scheduling process either as a guest or through your Bronson MyChart account.

In MyChart, 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.

How do I cancel my COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Bronson?

If you schedule elsewhere or you can no longer keep your appointment, please let us know by cancelling your appointment. You can cancel either through Bronson MyChart or by calling the Vaccine Call Center at (269) 220-3970. By letting us know you can't make your appointment, that helps us offer that appointment time to others and helps us ensure the vaccine doesn't go to waste.

Location Information & Preparing for an Appointment

Where are 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

The Portage Road/I-94 overpass and ramp areas are under construction. To avoid road/ramp closures, you may need to use an alternate route to the vaccination clinic located at 6901 Portage Rd. See map for alternate routes highlighted in green.Photo of Portage Road Construction.

Click here for more details.

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 at individual medical practices as we do for flu and other vaccines.

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

You may now walk-in to any of our COVID-19 vaccine clinics during the clinic dates and times listed in the calendar at the top of the page.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring 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 free of charge.

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.

Exceptions:

  • For 12-15 year olds, an adult must accompany the patient to the clinic. If the adult present is not the parent or legal guardian, an authorization form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian and that paper consent must be brought to the appointment.
  • For 16-17 year olds, if a parent or legal guardian does not accompany the patient to the clinic, an authorization form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian and patient must bring the paper consent to the appointment.
  • 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 may bring someone to their appointment.

After Your Vaccination

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.

Be sure your second dose appointment is entered in your calendar. (For Pfizer and Moderna)

That second dose will automatically be scheduled 21 or 28 days from the time of your first dose. The appointment time and location will be set for the same as your first dose.

If that second dose appointment time is not convenient for you and you need to change it, you can do so through Bronson MyChart, onsite at your first dose appointment or by calling the Vaccine Call Center at (269) 220-3970.

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?

We are currently administering the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines as available. The type of vaccine being administered at each specific clinic date and time will be displayed when you make your appointment selection. Only one type of vaccine is available per clinic day, so you will not be able to select a different manufacturer when you arrive for your appointment.

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, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines 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, the vaccines show a high percentage of effectiveness 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?

The CDC recommends people who are pregnant or breastfeeding receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It has been found to be safe and effective in protecting the adult and infant from risk of serious COVID-19 illness.

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 of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines 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.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

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?

How do I find my vaccine history?

  1. The COVID-19 Vaccination Record card that you received when you got your vaccine should contain the date(s) and manufacturer of the vaccine you received.
  2. Quickly find and share your COVID-19 vaccination or testing status digitally with COVID-19 Status Activity in Bronson MyChart. Learn more.
  3. Check this State of Michigan website for your full immunization record: MDHHS Immunization Portal.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

Questions?

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

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