COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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This page last updated: 3MAR2021

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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Pennsylvania

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There are currently three vaccines being used in the United States. The first two are from the companies Pfizer and Moderna, each with its own two-shot schedule.

In February 2021, the Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was granted approval for use in the United States. It is a one-shot vaccine. 

Vaccines from other companies are in the approval process as of early March 2021. We will update this page as information becomes available.

In PA, the vaccine is given first to those who are most at risk of serious illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19. Less-susceptible people are included in later stages. Supplies are limited, but increased support for vaccine rollout will be coming from the federal government soon.

Phase 1A includes people in long-term care facilities; people who are at high risk due to underlying health issues; and people who work in the public health sector like EMS, nurses, and doctors. We are in Phase 1A now.   Find a full list of who is in each phase here.

Can I get the vaccine now? 

Take a short online assessment to see if you are eligible in the current phase.  

Then click to find the live map of provider locations in PA. Click a dot to find name, address, and how to set an appointment at that location.
Need help using the map?  Watch our 1 minute how-to video here: https://youtu.be/5g68Zv5rbeY

You must have an appointment. Appointments are scheduled by each location. Some take phone calls, others only do online appointments. You may have to contact a facility several times. If appointments are not available, keep checking. New providers and appointments will be added to the live map as they become available. If you are unable to set an appointment, your healthcare provider may be able to assist you.  

How do I get there?

If you are unable to drive yourself, help is available. After you have scheduled your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you can contact Capital Area Transit (CAT), or RabbitTransit to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment location.  

  • Contact CAT at: 717-233-5657 
  • Contact RabbitTransit at: 1-800-632-9063

There is no cost for the vaccine itself.

However, when you set your appointment, be sure to ask about fees which may not be covered by insurance or Medicare.

PA Department of Health Hotline: 
1-877-724-3258

Vaccine Providers in our region as of  3 March 2021
Not all locations have supplies on hand. You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine. 

WellSpan Health Set up a free MyWellSpan Health account online to get updates or to make an appointment.


WellSpan’s COVID-19 appointment hotline is
(855) 851-3641 

Geisinger Health   Log into your MyGeisingerHealth account to find current appointment times. If none appear, all available appointment times are booked. Check back soon.

Visit https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/patients-and-visitors/covid-19-vaccine-faqs
Giant Food Stores Pharmacy
Visit the NEW site:  https://giantfoodstores.com/pages/tgc-vaccines

*most stores are located in south central PA

Rite Aid Pharmacy
Check eligibility and registration guide on the NEW Rite-Aid COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler. More info at https://www.riteaid.com/Covid-19

Walgreens Pharmacy Register for a free Walgreens.com account and complete a screening to set an appointment. If no appointments are available near you, you may sign up to receive notifications when they become available.
Click to visit the Walgreens COVID-19 Vaccine Website for more information. 

CVS Pharmacy
Appointments available in the CVS app or on website.
Visit https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine for more information on vaccines at CVS locations near you.

Weis Markets Pharmacy 
Appointment availability can be checked on the Weis Markets website: https://www.weismarkets.com/
covid-vaccine-faqs

PA Dept of Health Interactive map link:

https://www.weismarkets.com/covid-vaccine-faqs

YCL will do its best to add more vaccine provider information as it becomes available. This is not a complete list. We recommend you start with your own doctor, insurer, or healthcare provider. They may be able to assist you in setting appointments for yourselves and your families.

Want to learn more information about how the COVID-19 vaccine was developed, safety information, and FAQs?
Click here to go to the next page.

Printables: 

 Vaccine Information for South-Central PA (one double sided sheet UPDATED 3 MAR 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)

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