January 14:  Positive cases in Indiana are 578,494 and 11,685 at Beacon Health System 

At Beacon Health System, we are committed to exceptional, safe care for patients and support of our frontline healthcare heroes who work to meet our community’s critical medical needs. Our key experts continuously review new care guidelines and regional case status while ensuring our staff has the necessary equipment to provide the safest care possible.

Last updated: January 13, 2021

Beacon is experiencing a high call volume as we help answer our community’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you for your patience – we look forward to serving you as quickly as possible.

Beacon Health System is working closely with federal, state and local health agencies to thoughtfully plan for and prioritize the distribution and administration of the vaccines.

We are committed to ensuring our community has access to this lifesaving vaccine and are working with the Indiana Department of Health for its distribution. While we don’t know when a vaccine will be available for broad distribution to the community, we are thoughtfully planning and working closely with federal and state health authorities to ensure we are ready for distribution as soon as an authorized vaccine is available.

While this is a promising step toward curbing the COVID-19 pandemic, we must stay vigilant in observing safety protocols such as continuing to wear a mask, washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer and practicing social distancing.

We will share more details on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for our community as soon as more information is available. The Indiana State Department of Health has established a vaccine information and planning webpage and the CDC continues to add and update its vaccine information as well.

Updates from Beacon Health System

Resources from CDC.gov

Articles from the Mayo Clinic Medical Library

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

The resources shared here are for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. As with all pharmaceuticals, a patient’s response to a vaccine is unique to their own body and medical history. We encourage all patients to discuss the vaccine with their physician before receiving it.

Vaccine distribution details for our patients at Beacon locations will be linked here and on our social media channels as soon as the information is available.

Please refer to trusted resources such as the Indiana State Department of Health, the CDC and your local health department for more COVID-19 vaccine information.

Disclaimer : In our efforts to make sure you have the most up to date information as quickly as possible, please make sure your contact information is up to date and accurate. You can check and update your information through MyBeacon patient portal or by calling your provider’s office.

At first, there will be a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine which means that not everyone will be able to be vaccinated right away. This supply will increase in 2021 and eventually, everyone will be able to receive the vaccine. That is why the federal government began investing in select vaccine manufacturers to help increase their ability to quickly make and distribute a large amount of the COVID-19 vaccine. This will allow the United States to start with as much vaccine as possible and continually increase the supply in the weeks and months to follow.

If you are an Indiana resident who answers yes to any of these questions, you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Are you age 70 or older?
  • Do you work or volunteer in healthcare and have (physical or close) contact or face-to-face interactions with patients? Examples include:
    • Inpatient, outpatient, provider office setting, nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, in-home services
    • This includes all clinical and non-clinical positions: clinicians, dietary, environmental services, administrators who have direct contact with patients, clergy who see patients in the healthcare setting, non-clinicians who assist in procedures, transportation staff, etc.
    •  This also includes local health department staff who interact with patients at test sites, health clinics or provide direct patient care
  •  Do you have exposure to COVID-19 infectious material? (Examples include cleaning of rooms or material from COVID-19 patients, performing COVID-19 testing, other exposure to infected tissue, performing autopsies or other post-mortem examinations of COVID-19 patients)

The State provides regular updates to hospitals on the status of vaccine allocation plans. As soon as we have more information from the State we will pass that along. You may also visit the State’s website at: ourshot.in.gov.

You can schedule your appointment by visiting: vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov. For more information or help scheduling, you may also call 2-1-1, or Beacon’s COVID hotline at 855.523.2225.

The vaccine clinic site at Beacon’s Elkhart General Hospital is one of our community’s vaccination sites. If this site is a convenient option for you, and you are in a qualifying group, you may choose this site when you register for your appointment.

People will be notified in a number of ways when it is their turn to receive the vaccine, including through the State of Indiana, various agencies such as AARP, the Area Agency on Aging (REAL Services), state and local health departments, local health care providers, the news media and various social media channels.

No. At this time, vaccines are available by appointment only to those specific groups who qualify.

The Elkhart General Vaccine Clinic is located on the first floor in the Patel Auditorium (Auditorium B) across from Martin’s Deli and the Gift Shop. People should park in the RiverPoint Office lot off of Lawn Avenue. The address is 1215 Lawn Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46514. View clinic location.

The vaccine is the most effective tool for ending this global pandemic. We encourage all our associates, as well as all members of our community, to consider a vaccine. Since the start of the pandemic, caregivers have been at risk for contracting the coronavirus in their work caring for patients and the communities they serve. Numerous nurses, physicians and other clinicians around the country have contracted the virus, and some have died. The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be 95 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 when administered in two doses.

Beacon takes the health and safety of our patients and associates seriously, and we are committed to ensuring the safe distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in a timely manner. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by public health agencies and is safe for use in most adults and has been shown to be 95 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 when administered in two doses. For comparison, annual flu vaccination is between 40-60 percent effective in preventing influenza. As with all pharmaceuticals, a patient’s response to a vaccine is unique to their individual body and medical history. We encourage all patients to discuss the vaccine with their physician before administration.

Initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccines will require two doses – 21 days apart for Pfizer and 28 days apart for Moderna. It is imperative to complete the full course of treatment, which includes a second dose of the vaccine, to achieve maximum protection. The vaccines are given as a shot in the upper arm.

We believe that the decision to receive a vaccine is a personal one that should be made in consultation with a physician. However, the vaccine is the most effective tool for ending this global pandemic. While not mandatory, we encourage our associates, as well as all members of our community, to consider a vaccine.

No, it is a myth that you’ll get COVID-19 from the COVID-19 vaccine. You will not get COVID-19 from the vaccine because it does not use the live virus. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. It is possible to become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick—this is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

The COVID-19 vaccine will not cause you to test positive on viral tests. If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests.

People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated. However, there is not enough information about this at this time to determine if or for how long after infection that someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again.

Vaccines work with an individual’s immune system to prepare your body to fight the virus if exposed. Social distancing and wearing a mask will help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus and spreading it to others.

Yes. Even after getting the vaccine, it is still important to continue using all the tools available to help stop the spread of the virus, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and cleaning your hands because it will take several months for everyone to have access to the vaccine.

An EUA is granted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during a public health emergency to allow the use of a drug to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions for which there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives. (Source: FDA)