Updated July 6, 2021

Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Saint Luke's is now offering vaccination to individuals age 12 or older. You do not have to be a Saint Luke’s patient, or a resident of Kansas or Missouri, to receive a vaccine. To cut down on your wait time, we encourage you to schedule an appointment but walk-ins are accepted.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Patients: Log in to mySaintLuke’s and click on Visits > Schedule an Appointment. If you don’t have a mySaintLuke’s account, create an account now.
  • If you have never been a Saint Luke’s patient, select a clinic location below and choose an appointment slot.
  • Walk-in options: See hours under clinic location listings below
  • Individuals 12+ can be vaccinated in our Barry Road, Blue Springs, and Mission Farms clinics. Individuals 18+ can be vaccinated in our Plaza location.
Saint Luke’s Primary Care–Barry Road (vaccinating age 12+)

Saint Luke's Primary Care–Barry Road
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5844 NW Barry Rd Ste 110
Kansas City, MO 64154

Select a convenient time for your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment below.

Directions: The vaccine clinic is located on the Saint Luke’s North Hospital campus, inside the Barry Medical Park building, located off I-29 and NW Barry Road. Enter through the Barry Medical Park main entrance and take the elevator up to the first floor (the main entrance is on the ground floor).

Saint Luke’s Primary Care–Blue Springs (vaccinating age 12+)

Saint Luke’s Primary Care–Blue Springs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
600 NE Adams Dairy Pkwy Ste 200
Blue Springs, MO 64014

Select a convenient time for your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment below.

Directions: The vaccine clinic is located inside the Saint Luke’s Multispecialty Clinic–Blue Springs building, located off I-70 and NE Adams Dairy Parkway. Enter through the main entrance and check in at the front desk. Please do not enter through the COVID-19 Testing entrance.

Saint Luke’s Primary Care–Mission Farms (vaccinating age 12+)

Saint Luke's Primary Care–Mission Farms
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4061 Indian Creek Pkwy Ste 200
Overland Park, KS 66207

Select a convenient time for your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment below.

Directions: The vaccine clinic is located inside the Saint Luke’s Multispecialty Clinic–Mission Farms building, located off I-435 on Mission Road. Enter through the main entrance and check in at the front desk.

Saint Luke’s Primary Care–Plaza (vaccinating age 18+)

Saint Luke's Primary Care–Plaza
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4321 Washington St Ste 3000
Kansas City, MO 64111

Select a convenient time for your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment below.

Directions: The vaccine clinic is located on the Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City campus in the Medical Plaza 3 building. You will drive to Entrance 3, located off Broadway just south of 43rd St., and park in the parking garage. Enter the Medical Plaza 3 building, take the elevator to the third floor, and turn left to enter the Saint Luke’s Primary Care–Plaza clinic. The bus stop is on the 401 and 47 bus lines, at 43rd St. and Mill Creek Parkway. Head west along 43rd St., then turn left at Broadway and walk to Entrance 3.

Allen County Regional Hospital & Anderson County Hospital

Call your county health department to learn more about vaccination opportunities near you.

The Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department website also has more COVID-19 information and resources.

Hedrick Medical Center & Wright Memorial Hospital

Call or visit the links below to learn more about vaccination opportunities near you.

Hedrick Family Care
660-646-2682
Available to established patients only

Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic
660-748-4040
Available to anyone 18 and older

Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group
660-358-5750
Available to anyone 18 and older

Hy-Vee in Chillicothe and Trenton

Walmart in Chillicothe

Livingston County Health Center

Chillicothe Family Pharmacy

Grundy County Health Department


 

Vaccine FAQs

Basics

Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccination is the best way to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that you might be uneasy about getting your COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s why you should consider getting your vaccine:

  • To protect yourself: Getting the vaccine means there’s up to a 95% chance that you’ll personally be protected from getting COVID-19.
  • To protect those around you: If you get sick, you could spread the virus to others. Getting the vaccine will help keep your friends and family safe, especially those who may be at risk for a severe case of COVID-19.
  • To protect your community: For the vaccine to be effective against COVID-19, we need enough people — 50% to 80% — to get vaccinated.
Are the vaccines safe?

Yes, we strongly encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Given the speed of development of these vaccines, it’s understandable people have questions about whether there’s been enough research and testing to ensure the vaccines are safe. But all vaccines must go through rigorous clinical trials to determine safety and efficacy, with at least two months of patient follow-up. Vaccine manufacturers must report their findings to the FDA.

Saint Luke’s recommends all COVID-19 vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA, including Johnson & Johnson. The use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused to assess a rare, but serious, adverse event called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). The safety review of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine suggests an extremely low risk of TTS. As of late April 2021, out of more than eight million Johnson & Johnson doses given in the U.S., only 15 cases of TTS have been reported. Reported cases have typically occurred in women 50 years and younger within three weeks of vaccination. After review, the CDC and FDA recommended resuming the use of Johnson & Johnson, as benefits of vaccination outweigh potential risks. 

The pause to assess the TTS risk demonstrates that patient safety is being taken seriously. Other vaccines such as Pfizer or Moderna have not shown similar TTS concerns. Women 50 years and younger, should contact their provider if they have questions. See more information from the CDC.

Do the COVID-19 vaccines 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 soreness, muscle ache, headache, fever, and fatigue.

Saint Luke’s recommends all COVID-19 vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA, including Johnson & Johnson. The use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused to assess a rare, but serious, adverse event called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). The safety review of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine suggests an extremely low risk of TTS. As of late April 2021, out of more than eight million Johnson & Johnson doses given in the U.S., only 15 cases of TTS have been reported. Reported cases have typically occurred in women 50 years and younger within three weeks of vaccination. After review, the CDC and FDA recommended resuming the use of Johnson & Johnson, as benefits of vaccination outweigh potential risks. 

The pause to assess the TTS risk demonstrates that patient safety is being taken seriously. Other vaccines such as Pfizer or Moderna have not shown similar TTS concerns. Women 50 years and younger, should contact their provider if they have questions. See more information from the CDC.

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. For uninsured patients, this fee will be reimbursed through the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund.

Does the vaccine mean that masking and other safety measures can be relaxed?

Yes. According to the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required, such health care facilities. Immunocompromised patients who are vaccinated should remain cautious and consider using masks, when appropriate.

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine
Does the vaccine prevent asymptomatic spread of COVID-19?

Available studies suggest that vaccination helps decrease asymptomatic spread. However, since it doesn’t appear to eliminate the risk, you should continue to use infection prevention measures after vaccination to protect those who may be at risk for a severe case of COVID-19.

Who are other vaccination providers?

In addition to Saint Luke’s, there are several other organizations that offer COVID-19 vaccines. Follow information specific to your county for vaccine events, or check out local pharmacies and retailers offering the vaccine.

How long does the vaccine provide protection?

It’s unclear exactly how long the vaccines provide protection. However, early data show promise of at least shorter term (less than a year) protection. Vaccine manufacturers will continue to monitor the duration of protection.

Did the clinical trials include participants from different races and ethnicities?

More than 70,000 patients enrolled in mRNA clinical trials with 37% of the clinical trial volunteers coming from racial and ethnic minority populations. Nearly 44,000 patients enrolled in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial with 38% of volunteers comprising minority populations. Recognizing the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, investigators worked with community engagement partners to enroll a diverse of pool of participants.

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 risk of re-infection is unlikely in the months 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 and it’s advised to wait at least 90 days before being vaccinated.

Is it OK to get other vaccines at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine?

Based on CDC guidance, it may reasonable to administer the COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines at your health care provider’s discretion.

Should vaccination be delayed if a patient has any symptoms or is acutely ill?

If someone has an serious illness, it would be best to defer vaccination until they are recovered.

How can I get a copy of my vaccination card?

Kansas residents:
Complete the Authorization for Release of Immunization Information form and email to KDHE.ImmunizationRegistry@ks.gov. You may also call 877-296-0464 or email ImmRegistry@kdheks.gov with questions.

Missouri residents:
Complete the Request for Official State of Missouri Immunization Records form and email to ImmunizationRecordRequests@health.mo.gov. You may also call 573-751-6124 or email ShowMeVaxSupport@health.mo.gov with questions.

COVID-19 Vaccine types

There are several COVID-19 vaccines approved for use. Which ones are being administered at Saint Luke’s?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency use authorization for three COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech is approved for people age 12 and older and the vaccines developed by Moderna and by Johnson & Johnson are approved for people age 18 and older. Vaccines offered by Saint Luke’s may vary by location. While most of our locations offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, there may be limited supplies of Johnson & Johnson vaccines available.

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.

Is there a preferred COVID vaccine?

No. All available COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective. Saint Luke’s recommends all COVID-19 vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. You should get whichever vaccine is available to you.

How do the vaccine types differ?

The vaccines available for COVID-19 all produce the same result—production of antibodies targeting COVID-19.

Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) carry genetic instructions that allow the body to develop spike proteins.  mRNA vaccines DO NOT alter a person’s DNA or genetics. Adenoviral vector vaccines (Johnson & Johnson) use non-infectious virus to carry a genetic message to cells in the body, causing the cells to create spike proteins. Neither the adenoviral vector nor the genetic message causes an infection, as the vectors can’t replicate in humans and the genetic message only tells the body to develop a protein.

For both vaccine types, creation of these proteins causes your body to develop immunity, which prevents COVID-19 infections if exposure occurs. Saint Luke’s recommends all COVID-19 vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA.

Why was the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine paused?

In April, the FDA and CDC announced a pause in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to assess a rare, but serious, adverse event called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). The safety review of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine suggests an extremely low risk of TTS. As of late April 2021, out of more than eight million Johnson & Johnson doses given in the U.S., only 15 cases of TTS have been reported. Reported cases have typically occurred in women 50 years and younger within three weeks of vaccination. After review, the CDC and FDA recommended resuming the use of Johnson & Johnson as benefits of vaccination outweigh potential risks. See more information from the CDC.

The pause to assess the TTS risk demonstrates that patient safety is being taken seriously. Other vaccines such as Pfizer or Moderna have not shown similar TTS concerns. Women 50 years and younger, should contact their provider if they have questions.

What should I do if I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

While the likelihood of developing a blood clot following the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is very rare, if you have received the vaccine within the past three weeks and are experiencing symptoms of severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, contact your health care provider or seek medical attention right away.

Do I need to get the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine?

Yes. The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are most effective (94-95%) when both doses are administered; this ensures you have the best protection.

Does it matter whether I receive different Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for dose 1 and 2?

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are not interchangeable, so you should receive the same vaccine for both doses, unless there are extreme circumstances. The CDC has recommended that patients who have a severe reaction to their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) can get their second booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 28 days later.

Special health considerations

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.

Concerns about infertility after being vaccinated against COVID-19 remain unfounded. While the vaccines may lack long-term follow up data, available evidence and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly supports vaccination for individuals who wish to become pregnant. 

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.

Is the vaccine safe for children?

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for ages 12 and older. Studies are underway to determine if the vaccines are safe for younger children. Until the vaccine is approved for children, we will not be immunizing them.

We encourage parents to use safe practices such as handwashing, masking and social distancing to keep their families safe. We also recommend all adults in a household with children get vaccinated when they are eligible to do so.


County-by-county information

Find your county health department for information specific to your area, including how to join your county’s vaccine list.

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

Learn more: Pfizer-BioNTech Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

Learn more: Johnson & Johnson (aka Janssen) Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers


MAKE A DIFFERENCE: GET THE VACCINE

 

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