Preparing For Your COVID-19 Vaccination

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

About the Vaccine

Only the Pfizer vaccine to those ages 12 and older in the community at this time. Before you arrive, please review this fact sheet:

You will receive two doses of the vaccine. 

A third dose may also be given for individuals who are considered immunocompromised. A Pfizer booster shot is available for everyone age 12 and older who has received:

  • Both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least five months ago
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago

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Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available, but on different days. Before you arrive, please review the fact sheet for the vaccine you’ll receive:

You will receive two doses of the vaccine. To receive the Pfizer vaccine, you must be age 12 or older. To receive the Moderna vaccine, you must be age 18 or older.

A third dose may also be given for individuals who are considered immunocompromised. A booster shot is available to those who have received:

  • Both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least five months ago 
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago

The Pfizer booster shot is available to those age 12 and older. The Moderna booster shot is available to those age 18 and older. 

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 vaccination and also make sure you don’t skip a meal before you arrive. 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 time in the vaccine clinic. State of Ohio orders require that face coverings or masks be worn in health care settings, even if you have been vaccinated.

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 12, 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.  Your support person may be vaccinated without an appointment, but may need to wait since walk-ins are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with appointments.

A parent or guardian must accompany children ages 12 to 17. No one under the age of 12, and no one who is COVID-19 positive, symptomatic, or awaiting test results is permitted.

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, 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, Third Dose, Or Booster Shot

When you receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine, 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 scheduling second doses as close as possible to 21 days after your first dose.

If you had to cancel or miss your second-dose appointment, or if you received your first dose somewhere else, you can still schedule a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine through Premier Health. You can also schedule your Pfizer third dose or booster shot through Premier Health. Learn more.

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.

You may also choose to walk in to some vaccine clinics without an appointment. An appointment is requested but not required. Walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with appointments.