Updated Nov. 18, 2021
Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
Saint Luke's is now offering vaccination to individuals age 5 or older. You do not have to be a Saint Luke’s patient, or a resident of Kansas or Missouri, to receive a vaccine.
See guidance on third dose for immunocompromised people and booster for higher risk individuals.
Schedule first dose appointment
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 are scheduling your first dose and have never been a Saint Luke’s patient, select age range and clinic location below and choose an appointment time
- Scheduling a second dose, third dose, or booster shot appointment requires a mySaintLuke’s account. Create an account now
Individuals 5 through 11 require an appointment at either our Barry Road, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, or Mission Farms clinic.
Individuals 12+ may walk-in or schedule an appointment for all doses at Barry Road, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, and Mission Farms clinics.
Individuals 18+ can be vaccinated in our Plaza location via walk-in or appointment.
- Allen County Regional Hospital & Anderson County Hospital
Call your county health department to learn more about vaccination opportunities near you.
- Allen County: 620-365-2191
- Anderson County: 785-448-6559
- Bourbon County: 620-223-4464
- Woodson County: 620-625-2484
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.
- 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 Approval/Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a small risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). The safety review of the J&J vaccine suggests an extremely low risk of TTS. Reported cases have typically occurred in women 50 years and younger within three weeks of vaccination.
Those who received the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) have reported cases of myocarditis or pericarditis, though risk remains extremely low. These cases were mostly reported in young men aged 12-29 years of age a few days after their second dose.
- Do the COVID-19 vaccines have any side effects?
Most reactions are mild to moderate and incidence of serious adverse reactions are very low. Most common side effects include injection site soreness, muscle ache, headache, fever, and fatigue.
- 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?
We recommend following CDC guidance on resuming activities that you did prior to the pandemic if you have been fully vaccinated. To reduce the risk of being infected and/or spreading infection to others, it’s currently recommended to wear a mask indoors if the area is of poses a high risk of transmission.
Follow the CDC recommendations regarding travel for both domestic and foreign travel. If you’re travelling internationally you will need to investigate the regulations of your destination. When arriving back to the United States, before boarding the plane you must provide a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
If you have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should still get tested. Even if you have no symptoms you should get tested 5-7 days after exposure and wear a mask indoors for 14 days or until your test result is negative
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 – including the influenza vaccine – 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?
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.
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 COVID-19 vaccines through emergency use authorization or FDA approval (Pfizer-BioNTech) for three COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech is approved for people age 5 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 Moderna or 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 vaccines currently offered are highly effective. We encourage you to receive whichever vaccine is offered at your location and be sure to return for your second dose and they will ensure you receive the correct booster vaccine. Johnson & Johnson only requires one dose.
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for individuals 18 years and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for individuals 5 years and older
- 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.
- 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.
- Can I mix and match vaccine types?
Yes, but only if you qualify for a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Patients who have received two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, can receive a different vaccine type than previously received for a booster dose. Booster doses should be given as follows:
- Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna: 6 months after second dose
- Johnson & Johnson: 2 months after first dose
Special health considerations
- 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. CDC has recommended that patients who are immunocompromised and received a mRNA vaccine as their initial vaccine series receive an additional mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after they receive the second shot of their primary series. This additional dose is recommended to help improve patient’s immune response to the vaccine series. Immunocompromised patients would also qualify for a booster 6 months after their third vaccine dose.
- Is the vaccine safe for children?
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now approved for ages 5 and older. Studies have shown that vaccinating children as young as 5 years old is both safe and effective. Studies are underway to determine if the vaccines are safe for children younger than 5 years old.
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.
- If I’m pregnant or considering becoming pregnant can I take the vaccine?
Yes. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.
- Is there study data available on pregnancy and vaccination?
Yes. A new CDC analysis of current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry assessed vaccination early in pregnancy and did not find an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriage typically occurs in about 11-16% of pregnancies, and this study found miscarriage rates after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were around 13%, similar to the expected rate of miscarriage in the general population.
Previously, data from three safety monitoring systems did not find any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated late in pregnancy or for their babies. Combined, these data and the known severe risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy demonstrate that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people outweigh any known or potential risks.
The increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant, the low vaccine uptake among pregnant people, and the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant people make vaccination for this population more urgent than ever.
- If I’m breastfeeding can I take the vaccine?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are breastfeeding. Clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines currently used in the United States did not include people who are breastfeeding. Because the vaccines have not been studied in people who are breastfeeding, there are limited data available on the:
- Safety of COVID-19 vaccines in people who are breastfeeding
- Effects of vaccination on the breastfed baby
- Effects on milk production or excretion
COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause infection in anyone, including the mother or the baby, and the vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 in people who are breastfeeding. Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies. More data are needed to determine what protection these antibodies may provide to the baby.
Third dose and booster shot
- What's the difference between a third dose and a booster shot?
A third dose is for the individuals who are immunocompromised and received an mRNA vaccine for their first two COVID-19 vaccine doses. The third dose will help boost immunity to ensure better protection from COVID-19.
The booster dose is for any individual who completed a primary series of either the mRNA vaccines or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. See the “Who needs a booster dose?” question below for further explanation on the individuals who qualify for a booster dose.
- Who needs a third COVID-19 vaccine dose?
CDC recommends immunocompromised individuals receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA vaccine OR a second vaccine dose for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This 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
Individuals should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition and whether a third dose is appropriate.
Days between second and third doses
- Moderna: 28
- Pfizer-BioNTech: 28
For immunocompromised patients who received the J&J vaccine, the second dose should be given 2 months after the first dose.
- Who needs a COVID-19 booster dose?
The CDC recommends a booster vaccine (any FDA approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine) at least 6 months after your previous vaccine administration if you are included in the below categories and received two doses of an mRNA primary series (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech):
- People aged 65 years and older
- Residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
- People aged 50 – 64 years with underlying medical conditions
CDC has stated you may receive a booster vaccine (any FDA approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine) at least 6 months after your previous vaccine administration if you are included in the below categories and received an mRNA primary series (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech):
- People aged 18 – 49 with certain underlying medical conditions
- People aged 18 – 64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting
If you received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine the CDC recommends receiving a vaccine booster (any FDA approved/authorized COVID-19 vaccine) at least 2 months after receiving your primary vaccine.
- Can you mix and match the vaccines?
For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna’s COVID-19, J&J vaccine series the CDC states you can receive any available COVID-19 vaccine as your booster shot. If a person is still needing to finish their primary series of the mRNA vaccines they suggest finishing the series with the original mRNA used, however, if circumstances do not allow for that then you can use any available COVID-19 vaccine to finish the primary series. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses unless they are immunocompromised. A person should not receive more than two J&J vaccine doses.
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
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