COVID-19 Vaccine at Bronson

Bronson Healthcare is currently vaccinating:

  • Everyone 12 years and older

COVID-19 Vaccines Administered

This data is current as of 9/22/21.

First Doses Second Doses Third Doses Total Doses
34,335 31,030 2,257 67,622

Information About Third Doses

Bronson is now scheduling for third dose COVID-19 vaccinations for immune compromised patients. 

We are currently working on plans for providing third dose Pfizer vaccine boosters to those who qualify based on criteria defined by the FDA. We will update this page as soon as those schedules are available.

See the questions and answers below for more information about third dose vaccines.

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. Walk-ins are also welcome during any of the vaccine clinic dates and times listed below.

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 for to determine if you are eligible. If you are eligible for a third dose, please schedule through Bronson MyChart or the online scheduling tool.

Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Schedule Online Schedule through Bronson MyChart

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability for First Dose

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability for Third Dose

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.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Third Dose COVID-19 Vaccine

Who is currently eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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.

A third dose has not been approved for those who are not immunocompromised. If/when that approval happens, Bronson will post information on how you can schedule an appointment for a third dose on this page.

Why do immunocompromised people need a third dose?

According to the CDC, People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised make up about 3% of the adult population and are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness.

Studies indicate some immunocompromised people don’t always build the same level of immunity after vaccination the way non-immunocompromised people do, and may benefit from an additional dose to ensure adequate protection against COVID-19. In small studies, fully vaccinated immunocompromised people have accounted for a large proportion of hospitalized “breakthrough cases” and that suggests immunocompromised people are more likely to transmit the virus to household contacts.

Who is considered immunocompromised?

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

If I am immunocompromised, when am I eligible to receive the third dose?

The additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should be administered at least 28 days after completion of the initial 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series.

If I am immunocompromised as defined by the CDC, how do I schedule my vaccine through Bronson?

Scheduling will begin on Friday, August 20 after 3 p.m. 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.

What if I am immunocompromised but not a Bronson patient?

Please contact your care provider to inquire about getting your third dose of the vaccine.

Where is Bronson administering the third dose?

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

What if I received the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine?

Due to insufficient data, an additional dose does NOT apply to Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine or to individuals who received Janssen COVID-19 as a primary series. The CDC and FDA are actively engaged to ensure that immunocompromised recipients of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine have optimal vaccine protection.

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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