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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine or helping your loved ones get it 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 12 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage everyone to do this as soon as they can. The COVID-19 vaccine is 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 near you.

Keep in mind

  • Each vaccine you can get is safe and effective.
  • If you get the Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccine, you will need to get your second dose from the provider who gave you the first one. Both doses should be the same brand. Vaccine providers usually do not have second doses for those who got their first dose somewhere else.


Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine with UPMC

Those 18 and older can now schedule online with UPMC.

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To schedule someone under 18, or if you prefer to schedule your vaccine by phone, call a Health Care Concierge at 1-833-280-8510 to schedule someone under 18.

Help is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Those who are homebound (and 12 years or older) can schedule a vaccine in their home. Call 844-876-2822 and indicate that you are homebound.

Help is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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." Our virtual concierge will answer!

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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

The COVID-19 vaccine and children

As COVID-19 vaccines receive approval for individuals under 18, it’s becoming important to talk to your child about it. We know this may be difficult. You and your child may have a lot of questions, and we can help you answer them.

Read our FAQs regarding children and the COVID-19 vaccine

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 milllion 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.