Preparing For Your COVID-19 Vaccination

If you have scheduled your COVID-19 vaccination with Premier Health, here’s how to prepare and what to expect once you arrive.

About the Vaccine

Before your appointment, please review the fact sheets for the vaccines being administered by Premier Health:

Directions To Your Location

Find a map and directions to your Premier Health vaccine clinic.

Hydration and Food

We understand that you may be a bit nervous about getting vaccinated. This is natural. Sometimes nervousness causes people to skip meals. Unless you are directed differently by your health care provider, we encourage you to keep well hydrated with water both before and after your vaccine appointment and also make sure you don’t skip a meal before your appointment. Being well nourished and hydrated can help you avoid unnecessary side effects of the vaccination process, including dizziness and fainting. 

What To Wear

Your vaccine will be given in your upper arm. If possible, we ask that you wear a short-sleeved shirt or layered clothing that gives us access to your upper arm without removing your clothing. If you must remove your clothing, accommodations will be made to maintain your privacy.

Your health is important to us. Please remember to wear your face covering or mask over your nose and mouth throughout your appointment.

What To Bring

Please bring your driver’s license, state ID, birth certificate, or other form of ID that includes your birth date. We will use this to confirm your identity, name, and age to ensure you meet vaccination eligibility criteria set by the state. Premier Health is not currently able to schedule vaccinations for anyone under age 18, regardless of qualifying medical condition.

If you have insurance, please bring a copy of your insurance card. The government is providing the vaccine free of charge, and health plans are required to cover the cost of administration. There will be no out-of-pocket cost for patients receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and insurance is not required.

You are able to bring one (1) support person with you if you require mobility, language, cognitive, or other assistance during your appointment. No one under the age of 18, and no one who is COVID-19 positive, symptomatic, or awaiting test results is permitted. Due to limited quantities of vaccine, we are not able to vaccinate your support person.

When To Arrive

In order to maintain social distancing, we ask that you arrive for your appointment no more than five minutes early and no more than 15 minutes late. Please plan for your appointment to last 30 to 45 minutes. This timeframe includes time needed to get you checked in, administer your vaccine, schedule your second vaccine dose(if you’re receiving the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines), and monitor you for 15 to 30 minutes after the vaccination for any adverse side effects.

Screening Guidelines

Due to rapid spread of COVID-19 in our region, visitor restrictions are in place during vaccine clinics.

Everyone entering Premier Health facilities will be screened for symptoms or exposure history at entry. You will be asked to leave the facility if you have respiratory symptoms of unknown origin or exposure to anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. To protect all patients and staff, anyone refusing a COVID-19 screening will be prohibited from entering the facility.

Scheduling Your Second Dose

If you are receiving either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, you’ll need a total of two doses to complete your vaccination. A follow-up appointment will be made for you at the time of your first dose. Premier Health is currently administering Pfizer vaccine and is scheduling second doses as close as possible to 21 days after your first dose. Should you receive a Moderna vaccine, your second dose would be scheduled as close as possible to 28 days after your first dose.

People receiving the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine will only need one dose to complete their vaccination.

Cancelling Your Appointment

If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please let us know. Appointments can be cancelled using a Premier Health MyChart account, by calling our scheduling line at (937) 276-4141(937) 276-4141 (open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week), or by completing our cancellation form.

If you want to reschedule a cancelled appointment, you can do so by using our online scheduling or by calling our vaccine scheduling line at (937) 276-4141(937) 276-4141. MyChart cannot be used to reschedule an appointment that was previously booked.