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Schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine
Jefferson Health now offers online scheduling in Pennsylvania to make it easier to get a COVID-19 vaccination near you. Choose your county or area of residence below.
We will update our clinic schedule each week based on the number of vaccine doses provided to us by the state and county. If you do not see a vaccine clinic in your area today, continue to check this page for updates.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Registration for Vaccines
Montgomery & Bucks Residents
New Jersey Residents
Please visit State of Delaware’s website for information on scheduling for residents.
Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to all the questions you may have concerning the COVID-19 vaccine, we also have helpful information on what you can expect from the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a guide to debunking all of the myths and misunderstandings out there.
COVID-19 Booster Vaccination (third vaccination)
Can I get the COVID Booster shot?
The CDC and FDA have advised that certain immunocompromised individuals should receive 1 booster dose (or third shot) of COVID-19 vaccination at least four weeks after a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.
This booster is recommended for moderately to severely immunocompromised people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeﬁciency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
These recommendations only apply to individuals who have received one of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna). There are currently no guidelines for additional doses for individuals who have received the J&J (Janssen) vaccine.
Getting the 3rd Booster
Individuals should be vaccinated with whichever vaccine they received for their initial two-dose series.
Individuals who qualify for the booster vaccines should:
- Schedule your appointment
- Be prepared to sign an attestation that they have an immunocompromised state and consent for vaccination.
- Bring their Vaccine Cards to be updated with the booster dose
Side effects from this third vaccination are similar to those experienced during the initial two-dose series including: injection site pain or redness, fatigue, low-grade fevers, and muscle aches which are generally mild to moderate.
Should I Get the Vaccine?
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
We understand that vaccination is a personal decision, but encourage everyone to base their decision on their own personal risk of developing COVID-19, and the risks of people with whom they come into contact regularly – either community members or loved ones. Learn more from the CDC on the importance of COVID-19 vaccination.
If I had COVID already, should I still get the vaccine?
Yes, you should still get the vaccine as long as it has been at least 90 days since you had COVID-19. We believe immunity lasts for at least as long as 90 days. While there does not appear to be any downside to receiving a vaccine earlier than 90 days, we recommend this approach to allow prioritization of individuals who are not immune.
Can I get the vaccine if I have medical problems (i.e., hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease)?
Yes, you can receive the vaccine. In fact, we strongly encourage individuals with medical problems such as these to be vaccinated since COVID-19 can be more severe in individuals with these conditions.
If I have a latex allergy, can I still receive vaccine?
Yes, you can. The vial stoppers of the vaccines are not made with natural rubber latex, and there is no reason that makes it inadvisable for individuals with latex allergy to receive the vaccine.
What do we know about Moderna and PfizerBioNTeck vaccines?
The Moderna and PfizerBioNTech vaccines are mRNA vaccines – a new type of vaccine. A small bit of viral genetic material (mRNA) that is the genetic code for a COVID-19 viral protein is injected, like any vaccine, taken up by our cells, and produces a small bit of a viral protein which causes our immune system to produce antibodies that provide protective immunity against the virus.
How is the vaccine given?
It is given just like the influenza vaccine which is injected into the muscle. Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require 2 doses – an initial vaccination and repeat vaccination 3 or 4 weeks later.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, scientifically, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe for pregnant women to take. Thousands of women in the U.S. have been vaccinated safely with these vaccines. All leading obstetrical organizations support vaccination of pregnant women and the Emergency Use Authorization includes use during pregnancy.
How can COVID-19 impact a pregnant woman?
Pregnant women are at a higher risk to develop severe COVID-19, for requiring ICU treatment and an increased risk of death. This is why the best way to keep both mom and baby healthy is to be vaccinated.
Does it matter what trimester of pregnancy a patient gets the vaccine?
No. It is safe to receive the COVID-19 during any stage in pregnancy.
What about women that are breastfeeding?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is safe during postpartum and lactation.
Should women who are trying to conceive get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe for people trying to conceive. They are also safe for women undergoing fertility treatments.
What is the WHO’s stance on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy? What about leading OBGYN and MFM organizations?
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe COVID-19. And while there is limited data available at this time to assess COVID-19 vaccine safety in pregnancy, WHO acknowledges that based on what is known about this type of vaccine, there is no reason to believe that any specific risks would outweigh the benefits of vaccination for pregnant women. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine released statements advising that no pregnant person should be withheld vaccination. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider if they have further questions.
What more do we know about COVID-19 vaccine side effects?
The common vaccine side effects continue to be pain, swelling and/or redness at the injection site and nearby lymph nodes, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting and fever. There have been some cases of more severe allergic reactions worldwide but those are uncommon. Those being vaccinated are typically observed for 15 minutes after vaccination.
Are side effects more common following the second vaccine dose?
Yes. We have known from clinical trials and from our own observation that these side effects are more common for people after their second dose. The symptoms are the same, but simply more common and can be a bit more intense and typically resolve over 12 to 36 hours.
If I have had no side effects from the vaccine, does that mean that the vaccine is not working?
No. We have no data or belief that the presence or absence of vaccine side effects correlates in any way with vaccine effectiveness.
Do these side effect symptoms mean that I may have gotten COVID-19 from one of the vaccines?
No. You cannot get COVID-19 infection from the vaccines since the vaccines do not contain live virus. The symptoms are oftentimes expected and are related to our body’s immune response to the components of the vaccine that lead to the development of immunity to COVID-19.
After the Vaccine
Can I take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever or pain at the injection site?
While it has been suggested that acetaminophen or ibuprofen could possibly reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, in the vaccine trials that showed the two vaccines to be highly effective, many participants took one of these medications due to side effects. We believe that it is OK to take one of these medicines if side effects are very bothersome.
After receiving my first dose of COVID vaccine, I was exposed and tested positive for COVID. Can I still receive my second dose of the vaccine?
Per CDC guidance, vaccination of persons with COVID should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation. This recommendation applies to persons who have COVID before receiving any vaccine doses as well as those who have COVID after the first dose, but before receipt of the second dose.
What should I do if I miss the recommended 3 to 4 week window for my second vaccine dose?
You should reschedule as soon as possible. The CDC suggests that you should certainly receive the second dose no later than 6 weeks after the first dose. If it is beyond 6 weeks, please call your healthcare provider for further guidance.
If I am fully vaccinated (2 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech/Moderna), can I stop using personal protective equipment (PPE)?
No. While we know that vaccine has been highly effective in clinical trials in preventing COVID-19 symptoms in vaccinated individuals, we are still learning about whether those who are vaccinated may spread the COVID-19 virus.
How long will I be protected from COVID-19 with the vaccine?
We do not know how long immunity from vaccination will last. Some vaccines require regular booster shots.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for children age 12 years and up, and has been shown to be safe for that age group. Clinical trials are taking place now to help us learn more about how the vaccines work for younger children.
How many doses are required in children?
For the Pfizer vaccine, two doses are required. Dose 2 should be given 21 days after dose 1.
What are the side effects in children?
Most children have reported no or mild side effects from dose 1 and more noticeable side effects after dose 2. Of those who experienced side effects, the most common include fatigue, headache, soreness at the site of injection or muscle/joint aches. Less than 2% of participants experienced a fever. Most children who experienced side effects said they went away after 48 hours.
If my child had COVID-19, should they still get the vaccine?
Yes, the vaccine is recommended for children who have had COVID-19 because natural immunity may not last long and your child could get COVID-19 again, putting themselves and others at risk. The vaccine also protects against some of the variants.
Patient Vaccine Billing
If you are a Jefferson patient who is currently eligible to receive vaccination, in accordance with state and local prioritized phases, you will receive the vaccine regardless of your ability to pay or whether you have insurance coverage. You will receive the vaccine at no cost to you.
Medicare and other third party payers will reimburse healthcare providers for the vaccine administration, at no cost to you. Therefore, you may be asked to provide your insurance information prior to receiving the vaccination. If you do not have insurance, you will still receive the vaccine at no cost, if you meet the eligibility requirements of the state and local prioritized phases.
Why does Jefferson need my insurance information? I thought the COVID-19 vaccines were free.
The initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines are federally purchased, and therefore the vaccine doses are provided to you at no cost. Medicare and other third party payers will reimburse providers for the vaccine administration (separate from the vaccine dose), at no cost to you. Therefore, Jefferson will bill Medicare or your insurance company for the administration of the vaccine, which includes supplies used (syringes, bandages) as well as the time dedicated by our teams to deliver the vaccine. You will incur no charges for vaccination, but you may receive an explanation of benefits from your insurance provider once they have processed the claim.
I heard other vaccine sites are not billing insurance for vaccine administration. Why is Jefferson billing insurance for vaccine administration?
Vaccine sites may be funded in different ways, possibly including federal, state, and local grant funding. Healthcare providers are eligible to bill insurance to support the costs and resources needed for vaccine administration in our communities. In addition, some grant and cost reimbursement programs may require that healthcare providers use reasonable efforts to recover available insurance coverages.
Why am I being asked for my traditional Medicare number when I have Medicare Advantage insurance?
Medicare has instructed all healthcare providers to bill traditional Medicare plans (not Medicare Advantage plans) for COVID-19 vaccine administration, even for Medicare Advantage enrollees. To do this, it requires us to obtain your traditional Medicare number.
What if I don’t have insurance? Will Jefferson Health bill me for the COVID-19 vaccine administration?
No. During the public health emergency, and while the vaccine is supplied by the federal government, you will not be billed for any charges related to the COVID-19 vaccine. This service is provided at no cost to you.
How effective do we believe these vaccines to be in preventing COVID-19 infection?
Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna report that their vaccines are highly effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.
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