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COVID-19 Vaccine


The State of Michigan recently announced early expansion of COVID-19 vaccines to its next vaccination group, including seniors 65 and over and some frontline essential workers. Garden City Hospital, part of Prime Healthcare located in Wayne County, Michigan is providing community vaccinations.

Starting today, individuals who meet current Michigan vaccine guidelines, can schedule their appointment using the link: Due to high call volumes, we are asking individuals to please refer to this webpage for more information. The COVID-19 vaccine clinic is located in our Medical Office Building, 6255 Inkster Road Garden City, MI 48135, Monday-Friday, during appointment times of 8:00am–4:30pm. At this time, we are distributing the Pfizer vaccine. We have obtained 1,000 doses for the community and have opened appointment slots based on this availability. As more doses become available to us, we will continue to add more appointments. We appreciate your patience.

Individuals must bring their driver’s license, or other form of identification and their insurance information (if available) to their vaccine appointment. Vaccination is covered for those without insurance. Prior to vaccination, individuals are encouraged to review the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Sheet (also available in Arabic and Spanish)and V-Safe Information Sheet. Garden City Hospital also recommends individuals who have concerns or questions on whether they should be vaccinated to please contact their family doctor prior to scheduling their appointment. Second dose appointments will be scheduled during the first dose appointment.

For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and distribution in Michigan, please visit Please check back on this page for updates on vaccination at Garden City Hospital.

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help transition back to "normal," but it does not mark the end of the pandemic. Continued social distancing, avoiding contact with those who have been exposed or are confirmed positive of COVID-19, properly wearing a face mask in public and practicing hand hygiene are still enforced guidelines by CDC and the State of Michigan to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

How does an mRNA vaccine work?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is called SARS-CoV-2. All viruses like SARS-CoV-2, have a unique genetic code. Scientists take part of the virus's code, called the messenger RNA (mRNA) which tells our cells what to build, and coats them in a lipid so they can enter the body's cell. This is what is injected into the patient. The mRNA tells the cells to make a specific part of the virus, the "spike protein." The immune system produces antibodies and activates T-cells to destroy spike proteins so when you are exposed to the virus in the future, your immune system will recognize those spike proteins and has the antibodies and T-cells to destroy the virus. (Source: MDHHS How mRNA vaccines work)

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

The U.S. FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which have been shown to be safe and effective determined by data from large clinical trials. While vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized for use. The CDC continues to monitor adverse events through safety monitoring systems. Click here for more information on the CDC and safety monitoring. (Source: CDC, Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines & Benefits of Getting Vaccinated)

Will the vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. According to the CDC, none of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.D. contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.

(Source: CDC, Facts about Vaccination)

Who should not get the vaccine?

You should not get the COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of the vaccine or have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredients of the vaccine.
  • had an immediate allergic reaction, even if it was not severe, to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
  • have had an allergic reaction to PEG (polyethylene glycol) or polysorbate. Polysorbate is not in the vaccines but closely related to PEG which is included.

(Source: CDC, Allergic Reactions)

If you are pregnant, plan to be pregnant or breastfeeding, please talk to your doctor before getting vaccinated.

If you have already recovered from COVID-19, there are no recommendations by CDC on whether or not to get vaccinated. There is not enough information available to say if or for how long after COVID-19 infection someone is protected from getting it again (natural immunity). If you are currently infected with COVID-19, please wait until you have completed your quarantine period and are not experiencing symptoms before getting vaccinated.

If you have questions or concerns on whether to be vaccinated, please talk to your doctor.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

The most commonly reported side effects of the vaccines include:

  • Injection site pain and swelling
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fever

If you experience any of these side effects, these are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away in a few days. The CDC still recommends getting the second shot even if you experienced side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you otherwise.

Each individual that is vaccinated should report their side effects in the v-safe health checker platform right away.

(Source: CDC, After Getting the Vaccine)

Save-A-Life Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing

Garden City Hospital
Located near the entrance of Medical Office Building
6255 Inkster Road Garden City, MI 48135
Monday - Friday
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Please have your I.D. or driver's license and insurance card (if you have one) ready when you arrive.

Due to large volumes, you may experience longer than normal wait times. If you have never been seen at Garden City Hospital before, please allow for up to 15 minutes for the registration process. Your patience is greatly appreciated during this time. Please do not block traffic on Inkster Road. Testing associated with the Save-A-Life program is not available as an outpatient service inside the hospital. Please remain in your car and go through the drive-thru. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing or other symptoms, please visit the Emergency Room immediately. If you are in line and would like to exit the line, please call 734-458-4330 for assistance.

Please visit our Facebook page for COVID-19 drive thru updates.

Save-A-Life Program FAQ

How does the drive-thru testing work?

Drive-thru testing at Garden City Hospital offers nasal swab testing for COVID-19 to determine current COVID-19 infection. The test is done in your vehicle in the drive-thru, so you never have to leave your vehicle.

Who is eligible for drive-thru testing?

Testing is eligible for all residents of Wayne County and those employed by Wayne County. Adults and children may be tested. There are no age restrictions for children.

Do I need to have symptoms to get tested?

You do not need to show symptoms or have confirmation of recovery from COVID-19 to get tested. If you are experiencing serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, please visit the Emergency Room immediately.

Do I need an appointment?

You do not need an appointment to go through the drive-thru and no pre-registration is required. You will be asked to register when you drive up. Please have your I.D. / driver's license and insurance information (if you have insurance) ready when it's your turn.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor?

You do not need a prescription or referral from your doctor to go through the drive-thru.

When and how will I get my results?

When you are registered for your test, you will also be set up in our online Patient Portal, GCHHealth, to receive your results. You may learn more about our Patient Portal at Results for the COVID-19 nasal swab test are typically delivered within 5-6 days.

Please note: There are no guaranteed turnaround times within the 5-6-day period for COVID-19 drive thru results and we are not able to prioritize results for any drive-thru COVID-19 tests at this time (including for travel requirements). Exceptions apply for surgery patients and symptomatic patients tested through our emergency room. Your patience is appreciated.

Please verify your information during drive thru registration. Accuracy of this information will ensure the successful delivery of your results and will help eliminate any issues.

How do I get results for my child who is under 18?

Currently, only patients 18 and over can receive their COVID-19 results through the Patient Portal. To retrieve results for your child who is under 18 and has been tested for COVID-19 through our drive-thru, please call our Patient Portal line at 734-458-4363 and our Medical Records department will coordinate with you on the best way to receive your child's results. Results may be delivered by mail or faxed to your child's primary care doctor. Results will not be delivered over the phone or through email.

How much does it cost?

Patients with health insurance should not have any out-of-pocket costs, but should check with their health plan to confirm prior to testing. Please bring health insurance card.

Uninsured individuals in the U.S. without health care coverage are eligible for zero cost under the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program. Please bring, state identification /driver’s license, and/or social security number if available.

Do you offer rapid testing?

We do not offer rapid testing in the drive thru. Garden City Hospital offers the molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect current infection.

What is the difference between a COVID-19 nasal swab and antibody test?

At this time, we are only offering the COVID-19 nasal swab test in the drive thru. The COVID-19 nasal swab test will detect if you are currently infected with COVID-19. An IgG antibody blood test will determine whether you were infected with COVID-19 in the past and have built up antibodies. The American Red Cross offers antibody testing at a variety of locations in our area. To find a site near you and to schedule an appointment, click here. To learn more about IgG antibodies, click here.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, a Garden City Hospital physician will contact you about the next steps. If you develop serious symptoms, please visit the Emergency Room immediately. Garden City Hospital ER has extra precautions in place to keep you and others safe.

If you have any further questions, please call 734-747-0771 between business hours of 8:00 am-4:00 pm, M-F, or email questions to For questions during after hours or weekends, please call 734-458-3300.