Updated Feb. 24, 2021
Here is the latest information on our vaccination efforts:
- Saint Luke’s will vaccinate patients eligible per Kansas and Missouri state guidelines as supply allows. At this time, in Missouri we’re focused on vaccinating patients 65 and older and patients with certain chronic health conditions listed in the state distribution plan. In Kansas, we're focused on vaccinating patients 65 and older.
- Saint Luke’s is offering the opportunity to schedule a vaccination appointment to eligible patients as quickly as possible once we receive supply. We’re using a randomized system to contact eligible patients. Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited supply, not all eligible patients will receive a scheduling opportunity each time we open new appointment slots.
- There is no list to join to be vaccinated by Saint Luke’s. We’ll contact Saint Luke’s patients via the mySaintLuke’s patient portal or directly when they have the opportunity to schedule their vaccination. Eligible patients will receive a message in their account and schedule their appointment directly through the portal.
- Saint Luke’s is proud to have been selected as one of Missouri’s high-throughput vaccinators. This means we are expected not only to administer vaccine to our patients, but also to distribute it to other social service organizations who can safely and effectively administer vaccines to the communities they serve. Through this outreach, Missouri’s high-throughput vaccinators are working together to ensure an equitable and fair distribution of vaccine throughout the city. We are proud to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people as possible in our community.
- If you can get vaccinated before you’re contacted by Saint Luke’s, please do so. Find the latest information from your county.
- As you wait for your vaccination appointment, continue wearing your mask, staying home when you can, social distancing, and wash your hands. These are still incredibly important steps.
View our vaccine FAQs to learn more about vaccine safety and possible side effects.
How we'll notify Saint Luke's patients
We're encouraging all patients to sign up for and use the mySaintLuke’s patient portal so they're ready to schedule an appointment when it's their turn.
We'll use the mySaintLuke's patient portal as the primary way to book a vaccine appointment. Eligible patients will receive a message in their account and schedule their appointment directly through the portal. We will reach out directly to those patients who do not have internet or computer access.
To make sure you’re ready when we reach out:
- Login to your mySaintLuke’s account and be sure you know your password and have notifications enabled.
- If you are a Saint Luke’s patient and don’t have a patient portal account, sign up for an account now.
Need help accessing your account or signing up for mySaintLuke's? Read our mySaintLuke’s FAQs.
- Who are other vaccination providers?
In addition to Saint Luke’s, there are a number of other providers that currently offer the vaccine or plan to. Follow information specific to your county for vaccine events, or check out local pharmacies and retailers offering the vaccine.
- Is there a preferred COVID vaccine?
No. Both available COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective. You should get whichever vaccine is available to you.
- Does it matter whether I receive different vaccines for dose 1 and 2?
Available vaccines are not interchangeable, so you should receive the same vaccine for both doses.
- Should vaccination be delayed if a patient has any symptoms or is acutely ill?
If someone has an acute illness, it would be best to defer vaccination until they are recovered.
- Will I have to pay to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccine doses are being provided by the federal government at no cost to you. However, you may be charged an administration fee that will be billed to your insurance plan. If you do not have insurance there are resources available to cover the cost of the administration fee.
- What can I do to stay safe prior to getting a vaccine?
Keep wearing your mask, staying home when you can, social distancing, and washing your hands. All these things are making a difference in your health and the health of those around you.
- When will a vaccine be available for the community?
As we get more vaccine supply, the first groups eligible will be anyone 65 and older. For those in lower-risk categories, vaccination will follow based on state guidelines. We depend on Kansas and Missouri to allocate our vaccines. The timing and quantity we receive determine how, when, and where we are able to vaccinate patients.
With our initial supply, we have followed guidance which recommends prioritizing health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and first responders. This is what we have been doing, and what our supply has allowed.
Saint Luke's will reach out to patients directly when it's time to schedule a vaccine appointment. There is no list to join.
- Why are health care workers being vaccinated first?
With COVID-19 rates rising across the nation, hospitals are operating at close to capacity – consistently. This is very concerning, especially if staff get sick and aren’t able to care for patients. That’s why it’s so important to vaccinate them now.
- Do I need to get the second dose of the vaccine?
Yes. The vaccines are most effective (94-95%) when both doses are administered; this ensures you have the best protection.
Safety and side effects
- What kind of vaccines are the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines?
These vaccines are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. mRNA vaccines carry genetic instructions that allow the body to develop proteins. These proteins cause your body to develop immunity, which prevents COVID-19 infection if or when exposure occurs. mRNA vaccines DO NOT alter a person’s DNA or genetics. Learn more about this specific type of vaccine.
- Do the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have any side effects?
Most reactions were mild to moderate. Incidents of serious adverse reactions were very low. Most common side effects include injection site reaction, fatigue, headache, and muscle pain.
- How long does the vaccine provide protection?
Early vaccine study data suggests the vaccine offers at least four months of protection. However, the full extent of prolonged immune protection is still being evaluated.
- Can the vaccine give me COVID?
No. The COVID-19 vaccines does not contain live virus so you cannot get COVID from taking it. However, vaccines help your body develop the ability to fight off infection through a process called ‘reactogenicity,’ so you may experience symptoms including pain at the injection site, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, chills, and fevers. These symptoms may be more pronounced after the second dose. This simply means the vaccine is working.
Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccine will not cause a positive test result with a PCR nasal test.
- If I’ve already had COVID, or suspect I have, should I still get the vaccine?
Yes. Studies show that some patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 have undetectable antibodies, which means re-infection could occur.
However, the CDC has suggested that for those with known COVID infection, vaccination be deferred until after symptoms have resolved and isolation is no longer needed. Because re-infection is rare in the first 90 days after infection, vaccination can be delayed until the end of this period, if desired. At this time, it’s also unclear whether passive immunotherapy (monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma) can alter development of immunity. At this time, it’s advised to wait at least 90 days before being vaccinated.
- Does the vaccine prevent asymptomatic spread of COVID-19?
It’s unclear whether the vaccine prevents asymptomatic transmission, so infection prevention measures must continue even after vaccination. These include masking, social distancing, and handwashing until herd immunity is achieved via mass vaccination.
- If I’m pregnant, considering becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding, can I take the vaccine?
Pregnant patients were excluded from the COVID-19 vaccine studies, and it is unknown if the vaccine is excreted in breast milk. Talk with your Saint Luke’s obstetrician or your breastfed child’s physician about the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.
- If I have a history of allergic reactions, can I take the vaccine?
CDC advises caution for individuals who have a history of severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to an injectable medication or to another vaccine (not including Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine). There is a rare chance these vaccines could cause a severe allergic reaction, which would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after receiving a dose of the vaccine.
Contraindication: Individuals who have a history of severe allergic reaction to the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or any component of these vaccines should not receive vaccination.
Appropriate medical treatment used to manage immediate allergic reactions must be immediately available in case an anaphylactic reaction occurs following administration of the vaccine.
- If I’m immunocompromised or on therapy that suppresses my immune system, should I get the vaccine?
Immunocompromised patients were not included in the vaccine studies; however, since the COVID-19 vaccines are inactive vaccines, they do not pose an immediate risk to immunocompromised patients. There is a risk of decreased immune response for those on therapy that suppresses the immune system.
Find your county health department for information specific to your area, including how to join your county’s vaccine list.
- Kansas City
- Jackson County
- Platte County
- Clay County
- Cass County
- Livingston County
- Grundy County
Local pharmacies and retailers
A number of businesses have joined the front to distribute the vaccine to local residents. Locate a business near you with available resources and follow their instructions to get started.
Learn more: Moderna Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers