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Last updated: September 15, 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.

We are committed to ensuring our community has access to this lifesaving vaccine and continue to work with the Indiana Department of Health for its distribution.

Please visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s vaccine information and planning webpage for the latest vaccine information and to register for a vaccine. The CDC continues to add and update its vaccine information as well.

Your state’s health department offers a COVID-19 website and hotline for the latest information:

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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 administration if they have concerns.

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 the MyBeacon patient portal.

Who

Who currently qualifies for the vaccine? (Updated: Updated May 13, 2021)

As of May 13, 2021, all Hoosiers age 12* and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for use by the FDA for those age 12 and older. Parents must register and give consent for their children ages 12 to 17 years old and select a vaccine site that offers Pfizer vaccine.

Search by ZIP code for what type of vaccine is available and sites near you on ourshot.in.gov. If you don’t see the vaccination site you’re looking for, it’s possible that all appointments are full.

*When scheduling your 12- to 17-year-old for their COVID-19 vaccine, please keep these important things in mind from the Indiana Department of Health: Teen Vaccination Fact Sheet (updated 5/13/21)

I’m an Indiana resident who is homebound — can I receive the vaccine at home?

Homebound Hoosiers is a program to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to Hoosiers who cannot leave their homes. This program is now accessed by simply calling 211. Agents will coordinate vaccine appointments with the Indiana Immunization Coalition and its partners.

What

What recommendations do I need to know about if I’m fully vaccinated?

On July 27, 2021, the CDC provided updated guidance for vaccinated individuals. Read the complete recommendations from the CDC. Beacon requires all visitors coming to its hospitals and clinics to continue to wear paper surgical masks.

What should I should I bring to my appointment and what should I expect?

The Indiana Department of Health has information to help you prepare for your vaccination appointment; please see the links below. Individuals ages 12-15 years old MUST have a parent or guardian present; individuals ages 16-18 years old can be vaccinated with parent/guardian present or with written permission.

Where

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Anyone age 12 and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Search for a vaccination clinic by ZIP code and to register. Or, call 211 (866-211-9966) if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at most vaccination sites. Please note that anyone younger than 18 must receive the Pfizer vaccine. It is the only vaccine to receive Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for that age group. Proof of age will be required at the time of vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccines now available at Beacon Medical Group locations

Patients of 15 Beacon Medical Group primary care locations in Elkhart, LaPorte, St. Joseph and Berrien (MI) counties may receive a COVID-19 vaccination by appointment at their doctors’ office.

Click on the links below for practice locations, phone numbers and other information:

How

I need a copy of my vaccination certificate — how do I get one?

Use the Access Indiana portal to view or download your vaccination certificate. Use your Access Indiana account or create a new one to view or print your vaccine certificate. View Access Indiana FAQs.

If I qualify for the vaccine, how do I schedule my appointment?

You can schedule your appointment by visiting: vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov. For help scheduling your appointment, you may call Indiana 2-1-1.

Videos

Maria Galvez hopes that by sharing her story, someone reading this will get vaccinated. She didn’t. Her husband didn’t. They wore masks and thought they’d be fine. Maria was hospitalized with COVID for 20 days. Her nurses helped her say good-bye to her husband on an iPad at Memorial Hospital. “I thought I was going to die. I cry and wonder when, when can I get rid of this?” Maria says, holding up the nasal tube connecting to an oxygen tank in her South Bend home. “We all need to get vaccinated now. … We are killing ourselves, instead of helping ourselves.” Dr. Ismail Al-Ani, Critical Care Pulmonologist, reiterates how most patients who are dying from COVID or who become sick enough to be hospitalized are unvaccinated. "Please take it," he says. "If you are not thinking about yourself, think about your neighbor, or think about our hospitals."