Updated July 26, 2022

Saint Luke's offers vaccination to individuals 6 months or older at various Saint Luke's Primary Care clinics.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone 6 months and older, and COVID-19 boosters for everyone age 5 and older, when eligible. Individuals age 5-17 may only receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster.

See CDC guidance on staying up to date with COVID vaccines, including booster doses and for children, teens, and immunocompromised people.


Get the COVID-19 vaccine

Fill out the form below with your age range and preferred clinic location. Then, choose an appointment time.

  • Ages 6 months-17: Must schedule an appointment for all doses at our Barry Road, Blue Springs, or Mission Farms clinics. COVID-19 vaccines are not available for this age group at our Plaza clinic. 
  • Ages 18+: May walk in or schedule an appointment for all doses at our Barry Road, Blue Springs, Mission Farms, and Plaza clinics.
Age
Please choose the location most convenient for you
5844 NW Barry Rd Ste 110 - Kansas City, MO (Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
600 NE Adams Dairy Pkwy Ste 200 - Blue Springs, MO (Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
4061 Indian Creek Pkwy Ste 200 - Overland Park, KS (Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
4321 Washington St Ste 3000 - Kansas City, MO (Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)


COVID-19 vaccine information in our regional areas

Allen County Regional Hospital & Anderson County Hospital

Allen County Regional Clinic – Iola
620-365-6933
Available to established patients only
Not available for patients age 5-11 at this location

Family Care Center – Garnett
785-448-2674
Available to established patients only
Not available for patients ages 5-11 at this location

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

The Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department 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 6 months and older

Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group
660-358-5750
Available to anyone 6 months 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 protection against COVID-19. 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 a higher chance that you’ll personally be protected from getting COVID-19 and potential long-term effects from a COVID-19 infection.
  • 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.
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 recommendations for COVID vaccines aligns with CDC recommendations: mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are preferred unless a patient cannot receive them for a specific reason or doesn’t have access.

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. Due to this rare, yet serious, potential risk, the CDC recommends mRNA vaccines for most patients.

Those who received the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) have reported cases of myocarditis or pericarditis, though risk remains extremely low – including lower than the risk of developing myocarditis from a COVID infection. 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.

Learn more regarding the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

Will I have to pay to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine doses are free of charge to all people living in the United States. However, an administration fee may be billed to your insurance. For uninsured patients, the vaccine will be provided at no additional cost.

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

Generally, if you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. Check your local COVID-19 Community Level for recommendations on when to wear a mask indoors and additional precautions you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19.

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, refer to CDC guidance for quarantine. Get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID, follow CDC recommendations for isolation.

Immunocompromised patients who are vaccinated should remain cautious and consider using masks, when appropriate.

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 health care organizations that offer COVID-19 vaccines, including retail pharmacies. Find vaccine providers

How long does the vaccine provide protection?

It’s unclear exactly how long the vaccines provide protection. Vaccine manufacturers will continue to monitor the duration of protection. Due to waning immunity, booster doses are recommended for continued and improved 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. 

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?

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 COVID-19 vaccines through emergency use authorization or FDA approval (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) 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?

Yes, due to rare, yet serious risk of TTS with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC recommends an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) unless:

  • You cannot receive an mRNA vaccine (e.g. due to anaphylaxis)
  • You do not have ready access to mRNA vaccine in your area

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

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.

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 can prevent COVID-19 infections or severe illness, including hospitalization. Saint Luke’s recommends all COVID-19 vaccines that have received FDA approval or Emergency Use Authorization.

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 also qualify for two booster doses after completing the primary vaccine series.

Is the vaccine safe for children?

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are now approved for ages 6 months and older. Studies have shown that vaccinating children as young as 6 months old is both safe and effective. 

View CDC vaccine guidelines for children and teens.

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.

Pregnancy considerations

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?

We now have multiple studies and data from vaccine registries demonstrating the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy. Given the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant people, we strongly recommend vaccination for this population.

If I’m breastfeeding can I take the vaccine?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 6 months 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.

Boosters and additional doses

What's the difference between a booster and additional dose?

Additional doses can help boost immunity to ensure better protection from COVID-19 for individuals who are moderately or severly immunocompromised.

Boosters further enhance beyond the standard vaccine series (including the additional dose for those who are immunocompromised), or restore protection that may have decreased over time.

Who needs an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose?

CDC recommends immunocompromised individuals receive an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine, following these guidelines. This includes individuals 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 an additional dose is appropriate.

Timing of additional doses

  • Pfizer and Moderna: at least 28 days after receiving the second dose
Who needs a COVID-19 booster dose?

The CDC recommends people stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, including getting all recommended boosters when eligible. Use the CDC's booster tool for guidance.

Can you mix and match the vaccines for your booster dose?

For people age 18+ who received either Pfizer’s or Moderna’s two-dose vaccine series or J&J’s one-dose vaccine series, the CDC states you can receive any available (FDA approved/authorized) COVID-19 vaccine as your booster shot. If you still need to finish your initial two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines, the CDC suggests finishing the series with the original mRNA vaccine used. If circumstances do not allow for that, you can use any available (FDA approved/authorized) COVID-19 vaccine to finish the initial series.

At this time, only the Pfizer booster vaccine is authorized and recommended for the 5-17 age group.

You should not receive more than three Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine doses or more than two J&J doses unless you are immunocompromised.

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

News

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