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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots and helping your loved ones get theirs is at the top of your mind. Keeping you safe and healthy is at the top of ours. We can keep you up to date on what you need to know as we come back from COVID-19.

Find a COVID-19 vaccine

All Pennsylvanians ages 6 months and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine and children

We know it may be difficult to speak with your children about the COVID-19 vaccine. You and your children may have a lot of questions, and we can help you answer them.

Read our FAQs regarding children and the COVID-19 vaccine

CDC's Guidelines for Boosters

First Boosters

  • People ages 5+ can receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster if they:
  • People ages 18+ can receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster if they:
    • Received a second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot at least 5 months ago.
    • Are moderately or severely immunocompromised and received a second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot at least 3 months ago.
    • Received a Johnson & Johnson/Janssen shot (only 1 shot needed) at least 2 months ago.

Second Boosters

  • You can receive a second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster if you are 50 years of age and older and received your first Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen booster at least 4 months ago.
  • You can receive a second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster if you are moderately to severely immunocompromised and received your first Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen booster at least 4 months ago.
    • People ages 12-17 will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
    • People ages 18+ will receive either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster.

Keep in mind that these guidelines can change over time as we learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. For the most current information, check the CDC website.

We encourage everyone to get the vaccine and booster shots as soon as they can. COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots are covered no matter which one you get or where you get it in the United States. Use the resources below to find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster near you.

Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine

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If you need help scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine, call a Health Care Concierge at the number on your member ID card or chat with us.

Help is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (TTY:711)

If your child is a UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics patient, you can schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.

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Try the CDC VaccineFinder Tool

Find pharmacies and clinics that are offering COVID-19 vaccines near you.

Ask us on Alexa or Google Home

Want to ask us about the vaccine?

Prompt your Alexa or Google Assistant to “Ask UPMC Health Plan about the COVID-19 vaccine (or booster).” Our virtual concierge will answer!

COVID-19 vaccine FAQ

You probably have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. We’re here to help with the answers.

View our COVID-19 vaccine FAQ

Vaccine myths

Myth: You can get COVID-19 from the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact: None of the COVID-19 vaccines being used in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine changes your DNA.
Fact: COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine causes problems with pregnancy.
Fact: Right now, there is no evidence that the vaccine causes any problems with pregnancy. There is also no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems.
Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine is not safe because it was developed quickly.
Fact: Each COVID-19 vaccine has gone through large clinical trials with thousands of participants. Each developer followed safety protocols. These included human testing and months of monitoring after the final dose. More than 200 million Americans got COVID-19 vaccines. The results are monitored to ensure ongoing safety.
Myth: You will feel really sick after you get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact: It is possible to feel some side effects after you get the vaccine. This is because the vaccine is triggering an immune response in your body. Some common side effects may include pain and swelling where you got the shot. They can also include fever, chills, fatigue, and headache. These should go away in a few days.
Myth: You don’t have to take safety precautions if you are fully vaccinated.
Fact: False. You should still follow all of the current CDC guidelines in place to protect yourself and others.
Myth: You do not need to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you already had the virus.
Fact: False. You should still be vaccinated even if you already had COVID-19. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected after you recover from an active infection. Although rare, it is possible to get sick again after recovering from COVID-19. If you got medical treatment for a COVID-19 infection, your provider may recommend waiting 90 days before being vaccinated. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you.