COVID-19 Vaccines at Penn Highlands

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Vaccine Sign-Up May 5 - DuBois

Vaccine Sign-up May 6 - St. Marys

Vaccine Sign-Up May 6 - Huntingdon

Vaccine Sign-up May 12 - Brookville*    *This is a Moderna clinic, and is only for those ages 18+.

Vaccine Sign-up May 19 - DuBois

 

Vaccine Waitlist For Upcoming Clinics

Per the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Penn Highlands Healthcare is vaccinating any Pennsylvanian ages 16 and above.  Please call the PHH Vaccine Information Line at 814-503-4735 to sign-up or by clicking the orange buttons above to schedule a vaccine.  If have questions, please call the PHH Vaccine Information Line at 814-503-4735 Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Please note, when we contact you to schedule your vaccine, we will NOT be asking for payment information nor social security number.  Penn Highlands is currently providing vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine which requires two doses.  Your second dose should occur three weeks after the first.


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What Do I Need to Bring with Me to My Appointment?

  • Wear a face mask to your appointment
  • Bring ID, ie. drivers license or other government issued
  • Download, print, complete and bring the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Form to your appointment
    • Minors under the age of 18 are not able to consent to vaccinations on their own. They must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to the vaccine clinic.
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Calendar to schedule second dose

What Will Happen at My Vaccine Appointment?

You will receive a vaccine card that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and where you received it. You will also get a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you got. Each COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccine.

You will be observed on-site for 15 minutes after you receive the vaccine. During this time, we’ll help you schedule your appointment for your second dose. We’ll also give you information about v-safe, a free smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.  Learn more about v-safe.

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What Do I do if I Need to Cancel My Appointment?

Please call 814-503-4735 and select the vaccine prompt.  A COVID-19 Vaccine Representative can help you from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

COVID-19 Vaccine fact sheets:  Learn more about the types of COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to get vaccinated twice?

Yes.  Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two vaccinations.  You must get the same brand of vaccine as your first dose. 

  • If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you will need to be vaccinated again 17-21 days after the first. 
  • If you receive the Moderna vaccine, you will need to be vaccinated again 28-30 days after the first. 
  • Your second vaccination will be scheduled during the first dose vaccination. 

What should I bring with me when I’m getting vaccinated? 

Your government issued photo ID (i.e. driver license).   Medicare Card/Insurance Card.   Mask.  
Please do not show up earlier than 15 minutes for your vaccine appointment. 

Is there a cost to be vaccinated? 

The federal government is providing the vaccine at no cost, but there is a fee for the vaccination.  Medicare, Medicaid or commercial insurance will cover the expense.  Please bring your photo ID, Medicare / Insurance Card with you when being vaccinated. 

What is the cash price to be vaccinated? 

The vaccine is free, however there is a fee to be vaccinated. We accept Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial Insurances.  If you don’t have insurance, there is no fee, but you are required to bring your government issued ID to the vaccine.   

Do I need a doctor’s order to get vaccinated? 

No.  However, if you have underlying health conditions, you may want to contact your physician to discuss the risk and benefits of getting vaccinated.  

Do I need to have a Penn Highlands primary care doctor to get vaccinated?  

No.  If you have a physician who is not affiliated with Penn Highlands (i.e. UPMC, Geisinger, etc.) you should contact your doctor first to try to get scheduled through them.  If they are not able to get you vaccinated, please call 814-503-4735. 

Which vaccine is Penn Highlands providing? 

  • Pfizer – PH DuBois, PH Elk and PH Huntingdon
  • Moderna – PH Brookville, PH Clearfield and PH Tyrone

I would recommend asking which vaccine you are receiving once you arrive at the vaccine clinic to confirm.

Do you have a large supply of vaccine? 

No. Vaccine is in limited supply and is shipped weekly by the PA Department of Health based on availability.  

How long will it take to complete vaccinations? 

This will vary based on the availability of vaccine.  However, it is anticipated that the vaccination process will take many months going from one phase to the next.  

Can getting a COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19? 

No. The COVID-19 vaccines currently being developed in the U.S. don't use the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Keep in mind that it will take a few weeks for your body to build immunity after getting a COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, it's possible that you could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after being vaccinated.

What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?

A COVID-19 vaccine may cause mild side effects after the first or second dose, including:

  • Pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Joint pain

You will be asked to wait 15 minutes after getting your COVID-19 vaccine to see if you have an immediate reaction. 

Most side effects happen within the first three days after vaccination and typically last only one to two days. The COVID-19 vaccine may cause side effects similar to signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and you develop symptoms more than three days after getting vaccinated or the symptoms last more than two days, self-isolate and get tested

What populations of people are at highest risk? 

Data shows that people at the highest risk are the elderly. 

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have a history of allergic reactions?

If you’ve had allergic reactions to other vaccines or injectable medications, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Can a pregnant (or breastfeeding) women get the COVID-19 vaccine?

We recommend that you talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits of being vaccinated.

Is there anyone who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Children under the age 16 should not get vaccinated. There is no COVID-19 vaccine yet for children under age 16.

COVID-19 vaccination might not be recommended for people with certain health conditions.  Talk to your doctor if you have questions about getting the vaccine.

Is the vaccine safe? 

If you have questions about the vaccine, you should talk to your doctor. 

I don’t have a doctor, how can I get one? 

To find a doctor, you can visit Penn Highland’s website at www.phhealthcare.org/findadoc or you can call 814-375-6644 and they can assist you in finding a primary care physician. 

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine even if I've already had COVID-19?

If it was more than 90 days since having COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you receive the vaccine.  However, if you have questions about the vaccine, you should contact your primary care physician. 
If it is has been less than 90 days, we recommend that you contact your physician to discuss. 

Do I have to continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large groups, etc. after I get vaccinated? 

Yes.  Even after getting the vaccination, someone can still get COVID-19 and can also spread the virus. 

Read additional FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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