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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are based on vaccine availability. As more doses become available to us, we will continue to add more appointments. Please refer to this webpage for more information and continue to check the sign-up page as more appointments become available. We appreciate your patience.

Our Patients: We are reaching out to GCH patients by phone who have been seen at our hospital within the last 3 years and are eligible for vaccination based on state guidelines. We appreciate your patience as vaccination may take time. Eligible patients may also sign up using the link below.

Our Community: Frontline workers who are included in the current Michigan guidelines will be notified by their employers of eligibility and where to schedule an appointment. Adults 18 and over may register online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A48A4AB2EABFD0-gchfamily when vaccine appointments are available.

First Responders (i.e. EMS, firefighters, police, conservation officers, inspectors): First responders who meet current Michigan guidelines are eligible to receive vaccination at Garden City Hospital. Please call 734-747-0771 to coordinate an appointment as vaccines are available. First responders may also schedule using the public link provided.

Click here to see current Michigan COVID-19 vaccine prioritization guidelines.

The COVID-19 vaccine clinic is located in our Medical Office Building, 6255 Inkster Road Garden City, MI 48135, Monday & Wednesday, during appointment times of 8:00am–12:00pm.

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. 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. Due to vaccine availability and consistency, only those who have received their first dose at Garden City Hospital may receive their second dose at Garden City Hospital. You will be asked for your vaccination card during the second dose. Visitors are limited to one per person (if only required for assistance). Accompanying guests will not be vaccinated without an appointment. If you would like to know the type of vaccine Garden City Hospital is providing, please ask before making your appointment. Vaccine type is based on availability.

Please review the following documents prior to and following your vaccine appointment:

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

In the News: Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, Visits Garden City Hospital Vaccine Clinic Alongside Other Leaders and Elected Officials

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.

MDHHS Vaccine Infographic

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

How a new vaccine is developed, approved and manufactured

MDHHS FAQs

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)