COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is available to everyone 12 and older! Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Frequently asked questions

About COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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How can you keep from catching COVID-19?

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How do you treat COVID-19?

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What should you do if you think you have COVID-19?

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Are people who have recovered from COVID-19 immune to it?

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If I have an underlying health condition such as asthma or diabetes, what should I do if I develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath?

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Have there been any cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Philadelphia? Should I be concerned about it?

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Children and families

Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Can children get vaccinated without their parents’ consent?

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How do I keep my child from getting sick with COVID-19?

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in children?

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What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)?

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Are children who get sick with COVID-19 more likely to have severe sickness than adults?

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Are there any treatments available for children with COVID-19?

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Should I take my child to the pediatrician for non-COVID-19 care during this time?

 

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Can I get my mammogram after I get my shot? Does the shot cause breast cancer?

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Pregnancy

Can pregnant people get the vaccine?

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Are pregnant people at increased risk for getting infected, severe illness, or death due to COVID-19?

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Does COVID-19 increase the risk of adverse outcomes during pregnancy?

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Are pregnant healthcare providers at increased risk for adverse outcomes if they care for patients with COVID-19?

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Can pregnant people with COVID-19 pass the virus to their fetus or newborn (also known as vertical transmission)?

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Are infants born to people with COVID-19 during pregnancy at increased risk for adverse outcomes?

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Is there a risk that COVID-19 in a pregnant person or newborn could have long-term effects on infant health and development that may require clinical support beyond infancy?

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What is known about COVID-19 and breastfeeding?

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Masks and businesses

Is there an indoor mask mandate in Philadelphia?

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I know that Philadelphia’s indoor mask mandate applies to businesses and institutions, but does it apply to apartment buildings as well?

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I have a mask (or N95 respirator) with a valve/vent. Is this type of mask effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19?

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If gym spaces are already socially distant, does Philadelphia’s indoor mask mandate still apply for indoor gyms?

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When can employees who have had COVID-19 or possible COVID-19 return to work safely?

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Getting tested

Who should get tested?

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Where can I get tested in Philadelphia?

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How can I get my test results?

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What should I do while I am waiting for my test results?

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If I previously tested positive, how do I know when I can stop isolating?

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Is the City contacting people who have tested positive for COVID-19?

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Staying safe

What precautions are recommended for people who have been fully vaccinated?

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I was in a large crowd where it was not possible to practice social distancing. What should I do?

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What else can I do keep from getting sick?

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What should I do if I feel sick?

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When can employees who have had COVID-19 or possible COVID-19 return to work safely?

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How can I protect myself if I have to go into work?

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Should people with asthma or other breathing problems use masks?

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What is the safest way to transport someone with possible COVID-19?

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How should I take care of someone who is sick and may have COVID-19?

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What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

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Vaccines

Why should I get the vaccine?

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Am I eligible to get the vaccine?

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Where can I get the vaccine?

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Which COVID-19 vaccine should I receive?

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Is the City of Philadelphia using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

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Recently, I’ve heard that there’s a risk of getting Guillain-Barre Syndrome (an autoimmune disease) with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Do you still recommend getting this vaccine?

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How many doses of vaccine will I need?

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Do COVID-19 vaccines work?

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How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

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Is there a cost for the vaccine?

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Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Can pregnant people get the vaccine?

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Should I get the vaccine if my blood test is positive for COVID-19 antibodies?

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Should I get the vaccine if I have already tested positive for COVID?

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How long does protection against COVID-19 last if I receive the vaccine?

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How does safety testing for vaccines work and how do we know the vaccine is safe?

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What is an Emergency Use Authorization?

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Did anyone in Philadelphia review the safety data before vaccine distribution began?

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Is the vaccine safe for African Americans? Was the vaccine tested on African Americans?

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Will my medication interact with the vaccine?

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Can I get COVID-19 from getting vaccinated?

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What are the potential side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Who should NOT get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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What happens if someone loses their vaccine card?

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How many people need to get the vaccine in order to stop the pandemic?

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What precautions are recommended for people who have been fully vaccinated?

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When will there be a booster shot and who will be eligible to get it?

 

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I’m immunocompromised. Do I need an additional dose now?

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Is COVID-19 vaccination required in Philadelphia?

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Travel

How can I travel safely?

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Can vaccinated individuals travel?

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Can unvaccinated individuals travel?

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Do I need to wear a face mask if I have been fully vaccinated?

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What kind of mask should I wear?

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Can I wear a face shield instead of a face mask?

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What happens if I don’t wear a mask in an indoor area on public transportation?

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Does the CDC’s order allow removal of a mask while on the premises of a transportation hub for the purpose of smoking or using tobacco products in areas where tobacco use is otherwise allowed?

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Is a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination required for international travel?

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Does the CDC require quarantine after international travel?

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Can individuals who recently recovered from COVID-19 travel internationally?

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What restrictions do other countries have in place that may affect U.S. travelers?

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Is a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required for domestic travel?

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Am I required to quarantine after domestic travel?

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