Before you arrive at Swope Health Central, you should CALL 816-923-5800. If you have concerns about COVID-19 symptoms, when you call, we’ll determine the next steps.

Current Swope Health patients can 1) receive a vaccine during their regularly scheduled appointment or 2) schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

We are not accepting walk-up vaccine patients at this time. Subject to change.

Help protect your child and your family 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 6 months and older to protect against COVID-19. Children 6 months and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect your child from getting COVID-19, and also help keep your child from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19. Help protect your whole family by getting yourself and your children 5 years of age and older vaccinated against COVID-19.

Learn more from the CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens

Boost your protection

Swope Health encourages everyone 12 and older to receive a booster to strengthen your protection against COVID-19. Booster shots are the best way to protect against the Omicron variant.

Initial data on the Omicron variant suggests that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other variants.

Swope Health Patients can schedule your vaccines and boosters by calling 816-923-5800 for an appointment at Swope Health Central or 816-599-5111 for an appointment at Swope Health Wyandotte.

Not a Swope Health Patient, but want a vaccine or booster by the holidays? Check out Swope Health’s vaccine events listed above or visit to schedule a vaccine appointment near you.

COVID-19 VACCINE Frequently Asked Questions

How is the vaccination administered? Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines are intramuscular injections, which means they are injected into the muscle of your arm.
How effective is the vaccine? Both the Pfizer and Modena vaccines have an approximate 95% efficacy rate and are highly effective in preventing severe disease.
What are the common side effects? The common side effects of both vaccines are fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, chills, and injection site pain.

These are more commonly experienced after the second dose for those who have never been exposed to COVID-19.

How many injections will I need to get? Pfizer

To be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, you will get 2 injections, at least 3 weeks (21 days) apart.


To be fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, you will get 2 injections, at least 4 weeks (28 days) apart.

Do I need to stick with the same brand/manufacturer for both injections? Yes. While both vaccines have been proven to be effective, they have not been studied together. You must receive the same vaccine for both doses
Do I really need both injections (shots)? YES! The only way for the vaccine to be effective is for you to complete the series by getting the first and second doses.
If I had COVID-19, do I still need to get a vaccine? Yes, vaccination will give you stronger and more long-lasting protection.
Do I still need to wear a mask? YES! Even after getting the vaccine, it is very important that you continue to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash your hands and avoid large gatherings (especially indoors).
Who can get a booster? Boosters are available to anyone who is 12+ and fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • At least 2 months after a 1-dose vaccine of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • At least 5 months after a 2-dose vaccine of Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna
Which booster should you get? Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States.

For additional vaccine information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccines.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.