COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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The information on this page is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. See a licensed medical professional with your specific questions and concerns. The following is provided for informational and educational purposes.

This page last updated: 23NOV2021

All adult groups are now eligible to receive the vaccine! Learn about the vaccines here.
People aged 5 and up can get the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. Safety info here.  Please contact vaccine sites for availability for the youngest age group. 

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Last updated 23NOV 2021


COVID-19 Vaccines

There are three vaccines being distributed in the US. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each have their own two-shot schedule. The Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) only requires one shot. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.
(new) Fact sheets: Side Effects After a Vaccine (Adults)   Side Effects After a Vaccine (Kids & Teens)

Where can I get the vaccine? 

Click here to find vaccine providers across the USA. You can now filter results by which vaccine you’d like to receive.

In York County, PA, you can visit the York County COVID-19 Vaccine Website. This map includes where walk-in appointments are available around the county.

I don’t drive. How do I get to my vaccine?

Help is available! Contact RabbitTransit at: 1-800-632-9063. Set your vaccine appointment first. Then call no later than noon the day before your appointment to schedule a ride share to and from your appointment location. Masks are required during the ride.

(new) Uber is donating rides to and from vaccine appointments. Find availability here: Committed to helping (uber.com)
(new) Lyft is also providing free or low-cost rides to and from vaccine appointments. Find availability here: Lyft | Vaccine Access

(new) I can’t leave my home. How can I get a vaccine?

If you have difficulties preventing you from leaving your home, you may be able to get an in-home vaccination. Contact these services to see if they offer in-home COVID-19 vaccinations:

  • Your doctor or health care provider
  • Hotline for Medicare recipients at 1-800-633-4227 (TTY 1-877-486-2048)
  • The PA Department of Health Vaccine Homebound (pa.gov) service. Call the PACE Call Center at 1-800-225-7223 or the PA LINK at 1-800-753-8827 
  • Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) 1-888-677-1199
  • Services for older adults and their families Eldercare Locator  or 1-800-677-1116

What does the vaccine cost? 

There is no cost for the vaccine, and insurance is not required to receive the vaccine.

I’ve had both shots. What do I do with my vaccination card?

Keep it somewhere safe! This is your record that you have been vaccinated. If booster shots are needed later, they’ll update this card.

Providers

Vaccine Providers in our region as of  23 November 2021
Many of these locations also provide COVID-19 testing on-site.

PA Dept of Health COVID-19 website: COVID-19 Vaccine (pa.gov)

WellSpan Health
Visit my.wellspan.org for info on vaccines at WellSpan locations.
WellSpan hotline: (855) 851-3641

Geisinger Health
Visit https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/patients-and-visitors/covid-19-vaccine-faqs for info on vaccines at Geisinger Health locations. 

Giant Food Stores Pharmacy
Visit https://giantfoodstores.com/pages/tgc-vaccines  for appointment availability     
*most stores are located in south central PA

Rite Aid Pharmacy
Visit the Rite-Aid COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler. Find more info at https://www.riteaid.com/Covid-19

CVS Pharmacy
Appointments available in the CVS app or on website. More info at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
Target stores may have a CVS pharmacy inside.
Weis Markets Pharmacy (limited locations)
Availability on the Weis Markets website: Pharmacy Services | Weis Markets

East Berlin Pharmacy
335 W King St, East Berlin, PA 17316   (717) 259-0421  
Visit the East Berlin Pharmacy Website for appointment information.

 

COVID-19 Testing

What to expect when getting a COVID-19 test:
Bring your ID. If you do not have identification, contact the testing site to learn what to do.
There may be a cost or copay. Generally these are low. Check with your insurance for coverage. 
It may be uncomfortable. In order to get as accurate results as possible, your healthcare provider may need to swab deep inside your nose, throat, or both. 
You may need an appointment or a doctor’s referral to get a test. If you use the PA Department of Health testing site provider, look for “general public” to determine which locations might accept walk-in test requests. Otherwise, call your healthcare provider to ask about their policies.

Types of COVID-19 tests

Many local healthcare providers are able to provide a COVID-19 test to determine if you currently have COVID-19. There are two types: 
  • an antigen test gives you results in under an hour; these are about 60-75% accurate. They are most accurate if testing takes place within the first 1-3 days of symptoms or known exposure
  • a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test gets sent out to a laboratory. Results will come in 2 to 14 days (depending on how busy the lab is); these are over 90% accurate and are considered the “gold standard” for disease detection
An antibody test (or serology test) is a blood test that tells you if you have been exposed to COVID-19, but it cannot tell if you currently have active COVID-19 disease.  Serology tests also test how strong a person’s immune response is after being vaccinated. 

Should You Get Tested?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you may choose to get a test.
If a doctor orders a COVID-19 test. 
If you learn you are a “Close Contact” of someone with COVID-19, you should get tested.
A close contact is someone who: 
    • has been within 6 feet of someone who was infected with COVID-19, and
    • they were within 6 feet of them for 15 minutes or more in total over a single 24-hour period

Learn More

Want to learn more about how the COVID-19 vaccine was developed? What are the known safety and risk information? Other FAQs? 
Click here to go to our COVID-19 Vaccine: Learn Page

 

Printables: 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Basics for South-Central PA (one printable sheet UPDATED 27 JULY 2021)

What To Expect At Your Vaccine Appointment (one double sided sheet)

What To Expect After the COVID-19 Vaccine Printable Sheet (one sheet)

Healthline: Understanding Opposition to Vaccine (3 single sided pages)

 

Sources

Click the above link to view our updated, linked list of the resources used to create both this COVID-19 Vaccine: Learn tool and also the COVID-19 Resources webpage.