COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
As the region’s only community-owned, community-based health system, Sparrow is proud to be Mid-Michigan’s leader in COVID-19 care, testing, and now distribution of the COVID vaccine.
Sparrow is committed to providing access to the vaccine for whoever wants it, but our distribution is limited by the amount of doses we receive from the federal government. We have already administered thousands of doses to Sparrow caregivers and those in related healthcare fields and are excited to begin distribution to the public, following the schedule set by state, local and federal authorities.
Our mission is to not only provide quality, compassionate care to our communities, but to be transparent about the care you receive. This page is aimed at providing a one-stop site for Sparrow’s distribution of the vaccine, how it works, possible side effects, and many other issues.
Current Vaccination Criteria - Phase 1B
Due to the supply of vaccines, there are either limited or no appointments currently available at Sparrow. This changes on a daily basis. As directed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Sparrow is currently limited to vaccinating only essential healthcare workers and anyone 65 or older.
Essential healthcare workers are defined as paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents in long-term care facilities.
If you are an essential healthcare worker under age 65, call the Sparrow COVID-19 Vaccine registration assistance center at 877.205.1300. You will be required to show proof of employment.
Non-healthcare workers in the Priority 1B group, such as law enforcement, are still eligible for the vaccine. Unfortunately Sparrow is not allowed to vaccinate this group any longer. Those workers, and anyone under 65, should contact their local health department for more guidance.
You may reach area health departments at the following addresses:
COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling and Appointment Instructions
- Login to your MySparrow account via the mobile app or Sparrow.org/MySparrow. If you do not have an account, you must create one.
- Click on Visits, then on Schedule an Appointment.
- Complete the COVID-19 Vaccine (First Dose) scheduling form.
- Choose an appointment time, then click Correct.
- To complete scheduling, you will receive one last question to fill out on the reason for your visit. Please add "COVID-19 vaccine." Click Schedule button to confirm the appointment. You will receive a confirmation via email and/or a message in your MySparrow account.
- Prior to your appointment, please confirm through your MySparrow account. You can also save time with eCheck-in through your account.
- After your first dose, you will receive notification to schedule your second dose. Please note your second dose will be administered at the same location.
- Please feel free to download and print the COVID-19 Vaccine How to Schedule an Appointment PDF file.
If you are experiencing difficulty creating a MySparrow account or need password assistance, call 877.205.1300.
- For your vaccination appointment you will need to bring your ID and insurance card.
- After the vaccine is administered, you will wait for 15 minutes under observation to make sure you don’t experience any side effects. Please plan for at least one hour for this appointment.
- For patients who have insurance, Sparrow will bill your insurance company an administrative fee. INSURANCE IS NOT REQUIRED and patients will NOT have any out-of-pocket expense for the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Assistance Call Center
If you are in Phase 1B and need assistance creating a MySparrow account and registering for your COVID-19 vaccine, please call 877-205-1300 between the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday.
Sign Up for COVID-19 Vaccine Email Updates
COVID-19 Vaccine Locations
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Sparrow Laboratories Drive-Thru Services location will begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations to the Mid-Michigan community by appointment only. Please do not go to a clinic for vaccination without an appointment.
Sparrow Laboratories Drive-Thru Services (Formerly Sears Auto Center at Frandor)
The entrance to the vaccination line is near the Sears Water Tower (look for the purple signs). DO NOT get in the line for COVID-19 testing.
» View Frandor site location map (PDF)
Hours of Operations
- This location is open for COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only. You must register in advance through MySparrow to set-up an appointment.
COVID-19 Vaccination Informational Videos
Sparrow Health System Chief Medical and Quality Officer Karen Kent VanGorder, M.D., explains when the first delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine for caregivers will arrive and how the vaccine works.
Sparrow COVID-19 intensive care unit nurse Mary-Jo Julin, BSN, RN, shares her experiences working in the COVID-19 unit and encourages her fellow caregivers to receive the vaccine. Mary-Jo will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine to protect her patients, coworkers, and family.
R. Dale Jackson, D.O., explains the immune response to vaccines and what we can expect from the COVID-19 vaccine. He urges people to continue wearing a mask, washing hands, and social distancing.
Amy Brown, Chief Nursing Officer for Sparrow Hospital, discusses the FDA regulatory processes that ensure the safety, effectiveness, and quality of the COVID-19 vaccine, and urges caregivers to receive the vaccine.
Tiny Ray, President of the Professional Employees Council at Sparrow Hospital, encourages you to be vaccinated, in addition to practicing the current COVID-19 safety measures.
Sparrow Health System President & CEO James F. Dover provides information on the COVID-19 vaccine and explains more about how it works.
Sparrow Hospital Chief Medical Officer Denny Martin, D.O., discusses Sparrow’s distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sparrow Hospital President Alan Vierling, DNP, BSN, RN, discusses the main benefits of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, noting that it’s the safest way to build protection and stop the pandemic.
Tonyie Andrews-Johnson, DNP, RN, Director of Women’s Services at Sparrow Hospital, provides information on getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Chief Medical Information Officer for Sparrow Health System Michael Zaroukian, M.D., Ph.D., addresses the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.
LaKeeya Tucker, D.O., Sparrow Hospital’s Chief of Staff-Elect, discusses whether pregnant women should get the vaccine.
Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement for Sparrow Health System, Paul Entler, D.O., explains how the COVID-19 vaccine allows us to control the virus in an effective and calculated way and encourages everyone to consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Positive Feedback About the COVID Vaccine
Sparrow OB/GYN Alane Laws-Barker, M.D., has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and explains the importance of getting vaccinated, especially for minority communities which are 2.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than others.
Sparrow medical intensive care nurse Mary-Jo Julin, BSN, RN, shares how she felt after receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and why she hopes her co-workers, family and the rest of the public get vaccinated.
Tina Ray, BSN, RN, President of the Professional Employees Council at Sparrow Hospital, explains why she received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, how she reacted to them, and why she wants everyone to consider getting vaccinated.
Sparrow Hospital Chief Medical Officer Denny Martin, D.O., explains how he experienced no side effects after getting both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including very little injection site soreness, and why he is happy to be fully vaccinated.
Sparrow Clinical Dietician Amy Van Tighem, RD, CNSC, explains how grateful she is to have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. She had a rough two-week bout with COVID in the fall and wants to assure anyone who may feel hesitant that getting vaccinated is so worth it.
Sparrow Hospital President Alan Vierling, DNP, BSN, RN, explains how he had no side effects after receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and how getting vaccinated provided some peace of mind for himself and his family.
Aisha Mursaleen, M.D., Associate Medical Director of Sparrow Hospitalists, has treated many COVID patients and understands the importance of the vaccine.
Khangy Ngyuen, D.O., a surgeon with Sparrow Medical Group General Surgery, discusses how the COVID vaccine allows your immune system to fight the tragic consequences of the virus.
COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Also, you cannot spread COVID from the vaccine
- Most effects are related to your immune response and are expected
- Likelihood of local reaction is about 60% (pain, redness, swelling to injection site)
- Other side effects range in likelihood
Most are mild to moderate and include:
- Muscle pain
Yes; you can work if you are having expected effects from the vaccine
- Yes; per the Immunization Action Coalition, “Persons should be offered vaccine regardless of a prior history of infection. However, if they are currently infected, vaccination should be deferred until their recovery from acute illness.” (12.14.20)
- Yes; however, per the Immunization Action Coalition, “…vaccination should be deferred for persons with a known SARS-CoV2 exposure until after their quarantine period has ended…” (12.14.20)
- Yes, to ensure full effect of the vaccine, a second dose of the vaccine is needed
- For the Pfizer vaccine, the second dose is due 21 days after the first dose
- For the Moderna vaccine, the second dose is due 28 days after the first dose
- Per the Immunization Action Coalition, “Pregnant or lactating women may choose to be vaccinated after discussion with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection … Routine testing for pregnancy before vaccination is not recommended.” (12.14.20)
- Discuss your options with your healthcare provider (source: FDA)
- Per the Immunization Action Coalition, “Unless otherwise contraindicated, persons with underlying medical conditions or who are immunocompromised may receive COVID-19 vaccine” (12.14.20)
- Individuals should discuss their specific situation with their healthcare providers prior to getting vaccinated.
- No; in this situation individuals should wait until more information is known about severe reactions to the COVID vaccine.
- Per the Immunization Action Coalition, “A minimum interval of 14 days should be maintained before or after administration of this COVID-19 vaccine with any other type of vaccine.” (12.14.20)
The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were:
- pain at the injection site
- muscle pain
- joint pain
Please view the FDA's Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers for more information.
Side effects that have been reported with the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine include:
- Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
- General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever
Please view the FDA's Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers for more information.
Patients will NOT be charged for any cost of the COVID-19 vaccine they receive from Sparrow.
Any administration fee, covering the cost of staffing and supplies, will be billed to your insurance. For those without insurance, Sparrow will seek reimbursement through the federal CARES Act. Sparrow will NOT balance bill the patient if the insurance does not cover 100% of the vaccine administration fee.
As the region’s only community-owned, community-based health system, we are committed to continuing to be the leader in protecting the health of the Mid-Michigan region.