Covid-19 Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

We understand everyone is eagerly awaiting COVID-19 vaccine availability. We are diligently working with our local health departments to make this important vaccination available to UGL patients. Please check this page for updates.

As soon as the vaccine becomes available, UGL will begin vaccinating its patients within the 1B priority group. Any requests should be directed to the patient portal at this time.

 

If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available to your group, please fill out the form below. You will be contacted once we have appointments available.

*If you receive the vaccine elsewhere, please return to this page and resubmit the form below after selecting the "Remove name from list" option.*

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COVID-19 Testing – Available at ALL Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center Locations

Anyone wishing to be tested for COVID-19 is welcome to contact their local Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) directly to schedule an appointment. The COVID-19 test being used in this situation is a nasal cavity swab that only takes a few minutes to complete. The time it takes to receive test results is generally a few days but may vary based on volume.

Individuals wishing to be tested are encouraged to contact their insurance company directly to learn what COVID-19 related expenses may be covered during the pandemic.

Patients who are uninsured are encouraged to apply for UGL’s sliding fee scale. For more information, please visit https://uglhealth.org/sliding-fee/.

Click the links below to learn more about testing options and other resources.

 

Resource Links

Please click on any of the links below to access national, state and regional information regarding COVID-19. As developments occur, new and revised information will be available through these resources.

COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Pricing

In accordance with section 3202 of the CARES Act, UGL is required to publicize the cash price for the COVID-19 diagnostic test.

 

Cash prices for services associated with COVID-19 testing are as follows:

$87.50 – Diagnostic Test (Lab)

$37.00 – Specimen Collection

$117.00 – Exam

                               

$241.50 – Anticipated total cash price may vary pending what, if any, additional services may be provided during the patient’s appointment.

 

Patients are encouraged to contact their insurance company directly to learn what COVID-19 related expenses may be covered during the pandemic.

Patients who are uninsured are encouraged to apply for UGL’s sliding fee scale. For more information, please visit https://uglhealth.org/sliding-fee/.

Contact Information

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about coronavirus disease: 1-888-535-6136.
    • The hotline is open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) After Hours Services
    • A provider is on call for the clinics after hours, on weekends and during holidays. For urgent after hours needs in Marquette, Menominee or Iron Counties call (906) 372-3025 or in Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon Counties call (906) 483-1000. In an emergency, go to your local emergency department or dial 911.

Michigan Tech University Testing

New Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Marketplace

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the president issued an Executive Order extending open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from February 15, 2021 - May 15, 2021.

During the Special Enrollment Period (SEP), Americans who are uninsured for any reason may purchase health insurance through the ACA marketplace. Individuals who are already insured through the ACA but would like to change their current plan may do so at this time as well. Visit healthcare.gov to get started and read frequently asked questions about the SEP.

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center can assist people needing health insurance. Trained Certified Application Counselors are available to work remotely one-on-one to help ensure that enrollees receive the premium subsidies and cost-sharing reductions they may be income-qualified to receive. Call your local UGL office today for an appointment. Find locations and phone numbers here.

Moderna Vaccine FAQ's

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID‑19.

The EUA for the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is in effect for the duration of the COVID‑19 EUA declaration justifying emergency use of the vaccine unless terminated or revoked (after which the vaccine may no longer be used).

  What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and why is it granted?

The US Food and Drug Administrative (FDA) has made the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine available under an emergency access mechanism called an EUA. The EUA is supported by a Secretary of Health and Human Services declaration that circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved or cleared product. FDA may issue an EUA when certain criteria are met, which includes that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives. In addition, the FDA decision is based on the totality of the scientific evidence available showing that the product may be effective to prevent COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product. All of these criteria must be met to allow for the product to be used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EUA for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 EUA declaration justifying emergency use of these products unless terminated or revoked (after which the products may no longer be used).

  I have more questions. Where can I learn more?

If you have more questions, talk to your vaccination provider or your healthcare provider. You may also reach out to your state, territorial, tribal, or local health department, especially with questions about vaccine availability. You can also find more information online at the following websites:

  Do I need a prescription to get vaccinated?

You generally will not need an individual prescription to get the vaccine. If you are interested in getting vaccinated, discuss with your healthcare provider. Please keep in mind that the initial supply of available vaccines will be limited. The US Government has made recommendations about which populations should be prioritized and the states are making the ultimate determination about who will receive the vaccine first.

  How much does it cost to be vaccinated?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine doses purchased with US taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. Contact your vaccination provider or healthcare provider if you have more questions.

  Will my health insurance cover the vaccine?

According to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by US Congress in March 2020, any authorized vaccine for COVID-19 is considered a "preventive health service," which means that private health insurers must cover their entire cost, with no charge to the person receiving the vaccine. Vaccination with Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

  Can I get the vaccine if I don't have insurance?

While the US Government is making the vaccine available at no cost, vaccination providers may charge a fee for giving the shot.

For uninsured patients, vaccination providers can seek reimbursement for their services from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

Please inquire with your vaccination provider.

  Where is the vaccine made?

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine that is available in the United States is being produced by Moderna and by manufacturing partners, including Lonza and Catalent, at facilities located in the United States.

Get more information on Moderna's technology, manufacturing capability, and partnerships at Moderna's website.

  What do we know about the vaccine safety?

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine. In clinical trials, approximately 15,400 individuals 18 years of age and older have received at least 1 dose of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine.

Side effects that have been reported with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine include:

  • Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness, and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
  • General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever
  • There is a remote chance that the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Swelling of your face and throat
    • A fast heartbeat
    • A bad rash all over your body
    • Dizziness and weakness

These may not be all the possible side effects of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.

The FDA decision to authorize Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is based on the totality of the scientific evidence available showing that the product may be effective to prevent COVID-19 during the COVID‑19 pandemic and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.

  Will the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID-19?

No. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine does not contain SARS‑CoV‑2 and cannot give you COVID‑19.

  If I get the vaccine, will it cause me to test false-positive on COVID-19 tests that I may get in the future?

No. The PCR test for COVID tests for viral RNA, which is not going to be present from a shot given in your arm. The antigen test for COVID checks you for viral proteins that are not produced as a result of the shot. If you have a positive COVID test after getting the vaccine, it's not because of the vaccine.

  Does the vaccine contain preservatives, antibiotics or products from human or animal origin?

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine contains no preservatives, no antibiotics, and no products from human or animal origin.

The vial stoppers are not made with natural rubber latex.

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine contains the following ingredients: messenger RNA (mRNA), 4 fatty substances (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose.

  What side effects might I have from the vaccine?

Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness, and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness

General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever

There is a remote chance that the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • Dizziness and weakness

These may not be all the possible side effects of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.

  What should I do if I experience side effects?

If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9‑1‑1, or go to the nearest hospital.

Call your vaccination provider or your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

Report vaccine side effects to FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The VAERS toll-free number is 1‑800‑822‑7967 or report online to https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html. Please include “Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA” in the first line of box #18 of the report form.

In addition, you can report side effects to Moderna at 1-866-MODERNA (1‑866‑663‑3762).

  Do I still have to wear a mask and socially distance after the first vaccine? After the second vaccine?

Everyone, including persons who have received both doses of vaccine, should continue to follow CDC's recommendations on wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing.

  What should I tell my healthcare provider before I get the vaccine?

Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have any allergies.
  • Have a fever
  • Have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • Are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have received another COVID‑19 vaccine

  Will it still work if I only get one dose?

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine vaccination series is 2 doses, given 1 month apart.

If you receive one dose of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the same vaccine 1 month later to complete the vaccination series.

In an ongoing clinical trial, the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine has been shown to prevent COVID‑19 following 2 doses given 1 month apart. The duration of protection against COVID‑19 is currently unknown.

  Can I get the vaccine if my immune system is compromised?

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine may not work as well in people who are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects the immune system.



Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) is a Federally Qualified Health Center and is a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Deemed Facility.
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