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Coronavirus Information: Vaccinations | Testing | Safety Policies & Visitor Guidelines | Appointments & Scheduling | FAQs

Covid Calls

Vaccine Scheduling Update: We’re experiencing very high call volumes from people interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, our vaccine supply is very small, and we are unable to accept phone calls to schedule vaccine appointments. Please check back here for updates.

Female nurse injecting older male patient with COVID vaccine shot at the Perelman Center

At Penn Medicine, we are administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the fairest, safest and quickest way possible. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that everyone who wants a vaccine gets it.

Information about the vaccine is constantly changing, and we will update this page frequently as we learn more.

If you would like us to keep you informed about the availability of the COVID vaccine at Penn Medicine, please complete our Vaccine Interest Form.

Eligibility to Get the COVID Vaccine 

Penn Medicine is currently providing vaccines to people in:

  • New Jersey – age 65 and older, and ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions
  • Pennsylvania suburbs (outside of Philadelphia) – age 65 and older, and ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions
  • Philadelphia – age 75 and older, and ages 16-64 with certain high-risk conditions (see below)

High-risk conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • HIV
  • Organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2 but <40 kg/m2) and severe obesity (BMI ≥40 kg/m2)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Smoking

We currently have a limited supply of vaccine. We are starting by vaccinating patients who are most at risk of serious illness from COVID-19, in accordance with city, county and state guidelines.

COVID Vaccination Sites at Penn Medicine

2 senior patients showing off their "I got my COVID vaccine!" stickers after their shot at the Perelman Center

We understand that even if you are currently eligible to receive a vaccine, it may be challenging to find an appointment. We are working hard to get more vaccine supply for our patients and expand the sites where we can administer it.

The rules for administering vaccines vary depending on where you live. We realize that this creates a lot of confusion. Our Philadelphia hospitals can provide COVID-19 vaccine only to people who live in Philadelphia. This is very different from how we typically take care of our patients who live outside of Philadelphia, who routinely travel into the city for care or get care at one of our sites close to home. 

New Jersey

We are currently offering the vaccine to patients at Penn Medicine Princeton Health, where vaccine supply is very limited. Please check the Princeton Health website for more information and updates. 

Pennsylvania Counties Outside of Philadelphia

We are offering the COVID vaccine to patients at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, where vaccine supply remains limited. We are also offering vaccine to Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital patients and residents of Chester County and Delaware County, as supply allows. If you are a patient at Chester County Hospital or Lancaster General Health, please check their websites for more information.

Penn Medicine is collaborating with Delaware County, Pa., to administer vaccine at Penn Medicine Radnor to eligible residents and workers of Delaware County. Through this partnership, Delaware County is providing the COVID vaccine supply, and we are providing our space and staffing support. If you live or work in Delaware County, please complete Delaware County’s pre-registration form.

Philadelphia

We have vaccination sites set up at our Philadelphia hospitals, but we are only permitted to vaccinate Philadelphia residents there and cannot send any of the vaccine supply we have received from the city to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs.

Vaccination Sites Potentially Coming Soon

We submitted applications to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to offer the vaccine at Penn Medicine Radnor and Penn Medicine Valley Forge. This would enable us to receive more vaccine supply and offer it to patients in multiple counties that are close to the Radnor and Valley Forge areas.

We have the Radnor and Valley Forge sites ready and can start vaccinating patients there as soon as we receive the vaccine.

In addition, we submitted an application to the State of New Jersey to administer the vaccine at Penn Medicine Cherry Hill

We are pursuing community collaborations with city, county and state partners. We will continue to provide updates as more vaccination options become available.

Other COVID Vaccination Sites

We encourage you to get vaccinated at any location you can, even if it’s outside of Penn Medicine. Make sure you check out your state and county websites to pre-register and find vaccination sites in your area.

COVID Vaccine Information

Penn Medicine nurse holding up and looking at tiny bottle of COVID-19 vaccine

We are offering both the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine to patients and staff. Both vaccines have been found to be equally effective. You will be offered whichever one is available at the time of your appointment, based on supplies. The same type of vaccine that you receive for your first dose will need to be administered for your second dose.

Penn Medicine played a critical role in developing the mRNA technology used in both vaccines.

Who Should Get the COVID Vaccine

If you have any questions about the COVID vaccine and whether you should receive it, please contact your health care provider. 

We recommend that you speak with your doctor before receiving the vaccine if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A history of severe allergic reactions or anaphylactic reaction to a medication or vaccine
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Are taking a blood thinner
  • Are immunocompromised
  • Are taking a medicine that affects your immune system
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant 
  • Are breastfeeding

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines?

Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information on vaccine safety, who should get the vaccine, and when it will be available.

Community Outreach

At Penn Medicine, we recognize that the members of our Black and Brown communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. It is incredibly important to us that we work together to help ensure they are protected.

We are committed to vaccine equity by increasing vaccination rates among people of color by educating and meeting them where they are. We have been collaborating with community leaders in Philadelphia and setting up vaccination clinics at local churches and community centers to try to close the gap.

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