Last updated: November 22, 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.No
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:
- Indiana | 877.826.0011 | coronavirus.in.gov
- Michigan | 888.535.6136 | michigan.gov/coronavirus/
- Illinois | 800.889.3931 | dph.illinois.gov/covid19
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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 currently qualifies for the vaccine? (Updated: November 22, 2021)
Anyone age 5 and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. 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.
Register here or call 211 (866.211.9966). Walk-in appointments are accepted at most vaccination sites, but registration is encouraged.
*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.
Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?
For individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who completed their initial series 6 or more months ago. For individuals who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose (Español)
Learn more from the CDC here.
What recommendations do I need to know about if I’m fully vaccinated?
The CDC offers guidance for fully vaccinated individuals here. Beacon requires all visitors coming to its hospitals, clinics and offices to continue to wear disposable 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.
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Anyone age 5 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 or booster by appointment at their doctors’ office
Click on the links below for practice locations, phone numbers and other information:
I need a copy of my vaccination certificate — how do I get one?
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.