COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Centura Health is proud to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to our flourishing communities, and we recognize that many individuals across Colorado and Kansas are excited to receive the vaccine.
If you are a Centura Health patient, you will receive an invitation when it is your time to receive the vaccine through MyCenturaHealth, our patient portal. These invitations will be sent based on the Colorado and Kansas COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans for each state. The invitations will be randomized and equitable without discrimination based on race, color or ability to pay.
State of Colorado
The State of Colorado continues to vaccinate individuals in Phases 1A and 1B, which include patients aged 70 and older. In Colorado, if you do not have a MyCenturaHealth account, you may sign up to receive the vaccine using the “Vaccine Notification Sign-Up” button below.
State of Kansas
The State of Kansas is vaccinating Phase 1 and will soon launch Phase 2, which includes people ages 65 and older, congregate settings and high-contract critical workers. We are working quickly to understand what this means for our Ministries in Kansas and will post the latest information here as quickly as possible.
If you live in Colorado, use the button below to sign up to receive the vaccine. Once you complete the form, you may not receive correspondence immediately. However, Centura may provide updates and scheduling instructions if the vaccine becomes available to you. You are not required to complete the form to receive the vaccine. If you are unable to use the vaccine notification sign up form, please call 866-414-1562.
Vaccines: Age 70+
In Colorado, Centura Health is pleased to extend invitations to those in the 70 years and older community to receive their vaccinations for COVID-19. We have launched more than 35 clinics across our Colorado hospitals and other clinical sites to ensure access for everyone. To receive a vaccine, you must receive an email invitation from Centura Health. Appointments are required; we cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time.
In Kansas, the State is vaccinating Phase 1 and will soon launch Phase 2, which includes people ages 65 and older, congregate settings and high-contract critical workers. We are working quickly to understand what this means for our Ministries in Kansas and will post the latest information here.
When will I receive my invitation?
If you are a Centura Health patient, you will receive an invitation when it is your time to receive the vaccine through MyCenturaHealth, our patient portal. This process will be randomized and equitable based on weekly vaccine allocation from the state.
In Colorado, if you do not have a MyCenturaHealth account, you may sign up to receive the vaccine using the “Vaccine Notification Sign-Up” button above. In Kansas, we are working with the state to understand the process for both Centura and non-Centura Health patients and will post details soon.
If you are unable to use the vaccine notification sign up form, please call 866-414-1562.
Vaccines: Ages 65-69
The CDC has issued new guidelines that expand coronavirus vaccine eligibility to everyone age 65 and older as well as to those with comorbid conditions, like diabetes.
- In Colorado, the Governor has not announced how the state will adjust the current vaccine rollout to accommodate this change. Until then, Centura Health will continue to send invitations to those in the 70 years and older category to receive their invitation. Appointments are required to receive your vaccine. We cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time.
- In Kansas, the state is vaccinating Phase 1 and will soon begin Phase 2, which includes people ages 65 and older, congregate settings and high-contract critical workers. We are working quickly to understand what this means for our Ministries in Kansas and will post the latest information here.
Recommending the COVID-19 Vaccine
Centura Health caregivers explain why they recommend the COVID-19 vaccine and why they chose to be vaccinated.
Find more vaccine information and FAQ’s below.
Vaccine Distribution Phases
How is the COVID-19 vaccine being provided to members of the community?
The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in phases, as determined by the state. That distribution began with a very limited number of doses in December 2020 for health care workers and continues to evolve daily, as determined and updated by federal and state officials.
In Colorado, Centura is required to follow these phases.
- The WINTER phase started with health care workers and adults in close living condition like nursing homes. This also includes health care workers in outpatient settings, essential workers and patients age 70 and older.
- The SPRING phase will include adults ages 60-69 and ages 16-59 with high risk conditions.
- The SUMMER phase will be open for the general public.
In Kansas, vaccines are currently available to people in Phases 1 and soon Phase 2. This includes the following:
- Persons aged 65+
- Congregate settings
- High-contact critical workers
- All unvaccinated persons prioritized in previous phases
Centura Health is passionate about vaccinating individuals as quickly as possible, while adhering to all state guidelines and ensuring the safety of our patients and communities.
I have a chronic or high-risk medical condition, but I don’t regularly see a physician. How can I make sure I can receive the vaccine when I should?
An appointment is required to receive the COVID-19, so we encourage you to establish care with a primary care provider to discuss your current health care needs. We are working on our plan to make the vaccine available to all members of the community and details will be posted to our website once available. Until then, you may establish care with a Centura Health Physician Group primary care provider. Click here, to find a list of Centura Health providers.
I’m a healthy adult and don’t traditionally see a doctor regularly. How will I learn when I can receive the vaccine?
Based on vaccine allocation from the state, we are prioritizing vaccine administration for current Centura Health patients. We are working on our plan to make the vaccine available to all members of the community and details will be posted to our website once available. Until then, you may establish care with a Centura Health Physician Group primary care provider. Click here, to find a list of Centura Health providers.
My family member is a health care worker and received a vaccine, can I get one too?
Centura Health is following the state tiering system and will extend invitations to qualifying individuals when it is there time to receive a vaccine. At this time, there is no distinct category for spouses, significant others or household members of health care workers.
Will there be enough vaccine for everyone?
Centura Health is committed to distributing the vaccine as quickly as possible, while following the state tiering system and ensuring the safety of our patients and communities. Based on current information, we anticipate vaccines to be more widely available for the general community in spring or summer of 2021 and will ensure that every person who wants a vaccine is offered one based on the state tiering system.
Vaccine Appointment Scheduling
Do I need to call my doctor’s office to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
You do not need to call your doctor’s office to get a vaccine. Centura Health will send an invitation either by email or through your MyCenturaHealth patient portal.
A scheduled appointment is required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I walk into the office or have a planned scheduled appointment with my provider?
Until the vaccine is more readily available to the general public, vaccination will not be given to walk-in patients or during a scheduled appointment for another care visit with your provider. This may change in the future when the vaccine becomes more widely available.
What if I can’t make it to my appointment when I am scheduled for the first or second dose?
We ask that you make every effort to be present for all scheduled appointments. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you should log into your MyCenturaHealth account where you may view your existing appointment and either cancel or reschedule it from within the online portal. If you must reschedule, please do so within five to seven days to stay as close as possible to the recommended vaccine schedule.
Where will I get my COVID-19 vaccine? At my doctor’s office or a hospital?
Centura Health will send you an invitation through your MyCenturaHealth patient portal to schedule your appointment at one of our vaccine clinics, which may or may not be the closest medical facility to your residence.
Will I be charged to receive the vaccine?
Insurance is not required to receive the vaccine. Although your insurance may be billed to cover the cost to administer the vaccine, there should be no cost to you to receive it, either at the time of your appointment or at any time thereafter.
General Vaccine Information
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization to both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. As with any vaccine we provide to our patients, Centura Health has procedures in place to ensure the safety of individuals receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. We understand that some individuals may be concerned about getting the COVID-19 vaccine and want to assure you that safety is our top priority.
If you would like to learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website on the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Can I choose which vaccine I receive?
Centura Health is currently administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Additional vaccines will be available over time. When you are invited to receive your vaccination, you will be given the vaccine supplied to Centura Health by the state.
Do I need to receive two doses? Will I get both doses from Centura Health? Will I get the same vaccine?
Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require a two-dose administration and both doses must be received at the same location.
Before leaving your first dose appointment, please ensure your second dose appointment is scheduled. The second dose will be administered either 21 or 28 days after your first dose, depending on which vaccine you receive. You will receive a vaccine by the same manufacturer at both visits.
If your second dose is not scheduled before you leave the vaccine clinic, or if you need to change your appointment (so long as you are within the scheduling timeframe allotted for the second dose), you can do so using your MyCenturaHealth portal.
How long will it take after I receive vaccine before full immunity is reached?
According to current information, full immunity is typically reached two weeks after the second vaccination (or about five weeks after your first injection) for both Pfizer and Moderna.
During this five-week period, it us unknown how effective the vaccine is at preventing COVID-19 infections. Therefore, it is crucial you continue to care for your friends, neighbors and community by wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing. Additionally, the vaccine may not be 100-percent effective, so we recommend continuing the safety behaviors you are practicing now.
Can I stop wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?
At this time, you should continue to wear a mask, even if you’ve received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Until our community reaches a level of 80% vaccination, called herd immunity, continue to use safety measures to ensure we reduce risk to those who have not yet received their vaccine.
Can I get sick from the vaccine or give someone else the virus because of my vaccination?
These two vaccines also use a relatively new technology to fight the virus. Below is a summary from the CDC describing the technology:
mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who have an allergic reaction after the first dose do not receive the second injection. Please review CDC recommendations and consult with your physician about your personal situation.
I already had COVID-19 or think I did, so should I get the vaccine? Do I need to have an antibody test before I get the vaccine?
At this time, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that individuals who previously contracted the COVID-19 virus receive the vaccine. There is not a need to have your antibodies checked prior to receiving the vaccine.
Should I get the vaccine if I am sick with COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals who are currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after your illness has resolved and after you have met the criteria to return to normal activity.
Is the vaccine safe for pregnant women and lactating mothers? What about children?
There is not enough information available to know whether the vaccine is safe for pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children. The clinical trials conducted this year tested the vaccines’ safety and efficacy in adults, and researchers will need to conduct additional studies on how the vaccine affects these other populations. Please speak with your physician to discuss the safest options for your health and wellbeing. Today, the vaccines are not approved for anyone under the age of 16 at this time.
Can I travel after I have the vaccine?
If you must travel, it is recommended you continue to follow proper COVID-19 precautions, such a wearing a mask, hand washing and social distancing.
Refer to state and international travel guidelines, along with information found on website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I have heard there is a new more infectious strain of COVID-19 already in Colorado and the U.S. Will the vaccine work for the new strain?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a new strain of COVID-19. While it is more contagious, it is not more deadly. The CDC states the vaccines currently being administered will be active against this new strain.
What is Centura Health doing with the “extra” doses that may exist in some vials of COVID-19 vaccine? Is any vaccine being wasted or held onto for future use?
We administer every dose of COVID-19 vaccine we receive each week from the state, and we are intentional in our efforts to ensure no dose is ever wasted. It is our desire to quickly, efficiently and safely vaccinate as many people in the current phase as possible.
Pfizer / Moderna Information
The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are the first vaccines to become available in Colorado and western Kansas. Centura Health is prepared to receive the vaccines and distribute them to our frontline workers and, in the coming months, our communities. Here are some important facts about each vaccine, how it was developed and its efficacy.
How many people participated in the Pfizer and Moderna Vaccine trials?
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was given to 43,000 people worldwide. Of those taking part in the trial, 42% were from diverse ethnic backgrounds, 41% were between the ages of 56 and 85.
The Moderna vaccine was given to 30,000 adults at 100 clinical research sites in the United States. Of those taking part, 23% were 65 or older and 37% of participants were from racial and ethnic minorities.
What is the efficacy of each vaccine?
Based on Phase 3 trial study data, Pfizer/BioNTech is 95% effective against COVID-19 beginning 28 days after the first dose with 94% efficacy.
Moderna is 94.5% effective with 94% efficacy and 100% efficacy against severe COVID-19.
How do the vaccines work?
Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use a synthetic version of coronavirus genetic material, called messenger RNA or MRNA, to program a person’s cell to churn out many copies of a fragment of the virus. That fragment sets off alarms in the immune system and stimulates it to attack, should the real virus appear.
A number of vaccines using this technology are in development for other infections and cancers, but none have been approved or marketed.
What are the side effects?
Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated, though some mild side effects can be expected. The most common side effects for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine included fatigue (3.8%) and headaches (2.0%). There were no severe adverse events and older adults showed fewer side effects.
For the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, the most common side effects were injection site pain (2.7%), fatigue (9.7%), muscle pain or soreness (8.9%), joint pain (5.2%), headache (4.5%). Moderna reported no severe adverse events.
Which groups are approved to take the vaccine?
The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfjizer/BioNTech vaccine for use in adults and teenagers over 16. The Moderna vaccine is approved for use in adults 18 and older.
Neither vaccine has been studied in children, however there are now trials underway.
There is not enough information available to know whether the vaccine is safe for pregnant or nursing women. The recommendation from the American College and Obstetrics and Gynecology is that pregnant women be given the choice to take the vaccine.