- Can you schedule an appointment for me at UPMC?
If you wish to receive a vaccine or booster, call a Health Care Concierge at the number on your member ID card or chat with us.
- Does UPMC Health Plan cover the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it covered at no cost?
- Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is covered when obtained from an in-network provider.
Why get vaccinated?
Getting a vaccine will help protect you and those around you from COVID-19. According to the CDC, getting vaccinated may protect you from getting seriously ill, having to be hospitalized, or possibly dying.
What about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnant women?
The CDC recommends vaccination for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to become pregnant now, or who may become pregnant in the future. Pregnant women are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, including severe illness, so vaccination is a key preventive step. The benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) also recommend COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women.
For those who use UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital for their care, visit the UPMC Magee-Womens webpage for information regarding safety, visits, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What about the COVID-19 vaccine and children?
Questions your child may have about the COVID vaccine
- Is the vaccine safe?
- Yes, vaccines are safe. All of the COVID-19 vaccines you can get went through a lot of testing. Health experts are also still monitoring the vaccines. Millions of people in the United States and around the world have already been safely vaccinated.
- Will getting a vaccine hurt?
- At first, it will feel like any shot you get. For the first few hours and up to a few days after you get the shot, your arm may be sore. You also might feel a little tired and achy. You could have a fever or a headache. Remind your child to tell you right away if he or she notices any of these things.
- Why should I get the vaccine?
- Like all vaccines (“shots”), this one will help keep you from getting sick. If you do get an infection, it will also help keep you from giving COVID-19 to your family, teachers, coaches, friends, and others that you are around.
- Does the vaccine work? What does it do?
- Yes! The COVID-19 vaccine helps your body learn how to protect you against the COVID-19 virus (germs). If you do get sick, it also helps prevent serious complications.
General questions about vaccinating your child
- Are any COVID-19 vaccines or boosters authorized for use in children?
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides up-to-date guidance on COVID-19 vaccines for children.
- What are the side effects of the vaccine?
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe. However, your child could have some short-term side effects. These are signs that the body is building protection.
Possible side effects on the arm where your child got the shot:
Possible side effects throughout the rest of the body:
Call your pediatrician and ask about medicines that can reduce these symptoms. Symptoms usually go away in a few days.
- Muscle pain
While very rare, serious allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported. This is why your child will need to wait for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving a vaccine. If your child has a reaction, there are medications to quickly treat it.
As for long-term side effects, the CDC says that these are unlikely. Research and monitoring on other vaccines show that side effects almost always happen within six weeks of getting a vaccine. While it is important to monitor for both allergic reactions and other side effects after vaccination, the current vaccines have been safely given to more than 200 million people across the United States (and many millions more worldwide) under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. Allergic reactions are rare and no long-term side effects have been detected.
What happens after I get my vaccine?
- What happens after I get my vaccine?
- After getting your vaccine, you may feel some common side effects like pain and swelling where you got the shot, fever, chills, fatigue, and headache. These should go away after a few days. Even when you are up to date with your vaccines, you should still follow the current CDC guidelines to protect yourself and those around you.
- When do I get a COVID-19 vaccine card and what do I do with it?
- When you go to your first COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you should receive a vaccine card. It should include the following information:
If you didn’t get a card at your vaccine appointment, contact the health care provider office or site where you got vaccinated. If you receive a vaccine from UPMC you can access MyUPMC for a list of all of your immunizations.
- What COVID-19 vaccine you received
- The date you received it
- The place where you received it