COVID-19 vaccine

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Frequently asked questions

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The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in phases in Philadelphia. Vaccine is now available to people who are eligible in phase 1a and phase 1b.

The phases are based on a person’s risk of:

  • Acquiring infection.
  • Transmitting infection to vulnerable persons.
  • Suffering severe consequences of infection.

To learn more about the City’s phased distribution of vaccine, see the FAQs on this page.

COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (“PDPH”) seeks to expand its usual network of vaccine providers by engaging agencies and organizations to build programs able to administer COVID-19 vaccine to Philadelphia residents. PDPH has contracted with PMHCC to solicit proposals from qualified agencies and organizations to implement the COVID-19 Community Vaccine Program (“the Program”). PDPH will be reviewing the proposals and is solely responsible for selecting qualified organizations to implement the Program. Read the RFP.

Vaccine eligibility

When will I be eligible to get the vaccine?

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How can I get the vaccine if I am eligible in Phase 1a?

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How can I get the vaccine if I am eligible in Phase 1b?

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How can I get the vaccine if I am eligible in Phase 1c?

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How can I get the vaccine if I am eligible in Phase 2?

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How did you determine who gets priority access?

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Why does our vaccination schedule differ from the Pennsylvania schedule or schedules in other states (e.g., 65+ vs. 75+ years)?

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Can children get the vaccine?

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Can pregnant women 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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Vaccine efficacy

Does COVID-19 vaccine work?

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How many doses of COVID-19 vaccine will I need?

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

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Vaccine safety

How do we know the vaccine is safe?

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How does safety testing for vaccines work?

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

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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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Who should NOT get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Other questions

Is there a cost for the vaccine?

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

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Is COVID-19 vaccination required in Philadelphia?

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Do I still need to take protective actions after getting the vaccine (e.g. wearing masks, social distancing)?

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Is the COVID-19 vaccine really necessary?

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