COVID Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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 administration of the COVID vaccine.

Sparrow is committed to providing access to the vaccine for whoever wants it, and we have already administered thousands of doses to Sparrow caregivers and those in related healthcare fields.

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 you with up to date information and the latest vaccine guidelines, schedule options, and frequently asked questions.

Current Vaccination Criteria

Following guidelines by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and as vaccine supplies are available, Sparrow is vaccinating the groups below.

Effective Nov. 3, 2021, all people aged five and up.

Note: Minors that are under the age of 18 years old need a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to their appointment to provide consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine only.

Vaccine Booster or Additional Dose

Sparrow is giving the COVID-19 vaccine booster.

To get the new Pfizer COVID Bivalent vaccine booster, patients should schedule an appointment with their Sparrow SMG practice.

Based on the CDC recommendations, additional doses for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are approved for use in all immunocompromised patients. They are eligible after 28 days after their series.

The booster recommendations are as follows:

  • 12 years and older that had the Pfizer vaccine can get the booster at least five months after.
     
  • 18 years and older that had the Moderna vaccine can get the booster at least five months after.
     
  • 18 years and older that had the Johnson and Johnson can get the booster at least two months after.

If you have questions about your personal situation, please get in touch with your physician.

Vaccine for Children Four and Under

Parents or guardians should call their family medicine practice to schedule a vaccine appointment or get it during a regularly scheduled office visit.

Vaccine for Children Five to 11 Years Old

The CDC has recommended children ages five to 11 get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine is available in pediatrician offices. If you have questions about your child's situation, please consult with your pediatrician or primary care physician.

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

The Greater Lansing Area Primary Care SMG offices offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. We also have the Pfizer vaccine only at our Sparrow Urgent Care East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Mason, and Michigan Avenue clinics, as well as the Sparrow Walk-In Care Lansing location.

  • Sparrow Medical Group primary care practices in the Greater Lansing area can provide the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for existing patients.  
  • Sparrow Urgent Care clinics in East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Mason, and Michigan Avenue, as well as our Sparrow Walk-In Care Lansing location can administer the Pfizer vaccine. Schedule your appointment online now.

COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact your primary care physician.

COVID-19 Vaccination Informational Videos

Positive Feedback About the COVID Vaccine

Dr. Laws-Barker
Video #1

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.

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Mary-Jo Julin, RN
Video #2

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.

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Tina Ray, BSN, RN
Video #3

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.

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Dr. Martin
Video #4

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.

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Amy Van Tighem
Video #5

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.

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Dr. Aisha Mursaleen
Video #7

Aisha Mursaleen, M.D., Associate Medical Director of Sparrow Hospitalists, has treated many COVID patients and understands the importance of the vaccine.

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Dr. Nabil Khoury
Video #8

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.

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Dr. Khangy Nguyen
Video #9

Khangy Nguyen, 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.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I get COVID from the vaccine?
  • No
  • Also, you cannot spread COVID from the vaccine
What’s the likelihood of mild to moderate effects related to 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
What are the most common effects?

Most are mild to moderate and include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
Is it OK to work after the vaccine if I’m having effects from it?

Yes; you can work if you are having expected effects from the vaccine

If I have had COVID, should I still be vaccinated?
  • 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)
If I have been exposed to COVID, should I be vaccinated?
  • 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)
Is a second dose of COVID vaccine needed?
  • Yes, to ensure full effect of the vaccine, a second dose of the vaccine is needed
When is the second dose due?
  • 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
What if I miss my second dose?
  • The second dose for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine can be given up to six weeks after the first dose (source: CDC)
Can I receive the vaccine if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
  • 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)
Should I get the vaccine if I’m immunocompromised or live with someone who is immunocompromised?
  • 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.
If I have had severe reactions to other vaccines, should I get the COVID vaccine?
  • No; in this situation individuals should wait until more information is known about severe reactions to the COVID vaccine.
Can I have other vaccines around the same time as the COVID vaccine?
  • Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day.
What are the side effects of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine?

The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were:

  • pain at the injection site
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • joint pain
  • fever

Please view the FDA's Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers for more information.

What are the risks of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?

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.

What are the risks of the Johnson & Johnson (also known as Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine?

Side effects that have been reported with the Johnson & Johnson (also known as Janssen) COVID‑19 Vaccine include:

  • Injection site reactions: pain, erythema and swelling
  • General side effects: headache, fatigue, myalgia, nausea, and fever

Please view the FDA's Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers for more information.

What is the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine?

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.