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COVID-19 Vaccines at UPMC
COVID-19 Vaccines at UPMC

COVID-19 Vaccines at UPMC

Page Updated March 1, 2021

UPMC’s goal is to provide COVID-19 vaccines to as many people as possible and to ensure the limited supplies of vaccine can have the greatest impact.

As part of Pennsylvania’s phase 1a of the vaccination effort, we are currently vaccinating UPMC and non-UPMC health care workers, seniors who live in our skilled nursing facilities, and community members who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.

These community members include older adults and other high-risk populations including neighborhoods that have the highest burden of COVID-19 illness and limited access to medical care and services.

UPMC strives for health equity in all vaccination efforts. We are committed to:

  • A trusted and reliable vaccine registration and scheduling system. This includes options for people who do not use computers or smartphones or who need more help.
  • Accessible vaccination sites.
  • A prioritization system to reach those most at risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
  • Access to the vaccine in communities most harmed by this pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccines

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

Under Pennsylvania's Phase 1a, people over 65 and people with medical conditions that put them at risk of COVID-19 complications are eligible for the vaccine.

How do I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

If you meet the Pennsylvania’s Phase 1a criteria and you wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from UPMC, you can register online.

If you have limited access to online services or a computer, you can call 844-876-2822. An operator will register you over the phone. We expect high call volume, and you may experience an extended wait time. To keep this option open to those who need it most, we ask that all others use the online registration process.

Please note: We are asking that only people who meet Pennsylvania's criteria for Phase 1a register for a COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

We strongly believe in vaccination. If people can get vaccinated more quickly through another source, we encourage them to do so and to be sure they receive their second dose from the same location. The more people who can be vaccinated, the better we can protect our communities.

Can I receive updates when I am eligible to receive the vaccine?

We regularly send out communications as vaccine information is developing quickly. To stay up to date with the changes of the Department of Health’s distribution phases, encourage you to sign up for our email or SMS communications by filling out the form on this page.

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Stay Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Distribution

Please note that completing the following form does not register you for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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COVID-19 Vaccines in New York State

New York residents may call 833-697-4829 or visit for more information on vaccine distribution in their state. If you are a New York state resident in Chautauqua County, you can call 866-604-6789 visit for county-specific vaccine distribution information.

COVID-19 Vaccines in Maryland State

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination at UPMC Western Maryland. Maryland residents may call 855-MD-GoVAX (855-634-6829) or visit for more information on vaccine distribution in their state.

How Are Vaccines Developed?

For more than 200 years, vaccination has played a critical role in preventing disease worldwide. Learn more about how scientists develop vaccines.

Learn how vaccines are developed

How UPMC Is Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines

As doses of vaccines become available, UPMC will be ready to distribute them.

Learn how UPMC is distributing COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Facts

As distribution of COVID-19 vaccines begins worldwide, there has been much discussion about the vaccines and the development process. Following is an analysis of some of the myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccine myths and facts

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines

The FDA provided emergency use authorization for vaccines that can prevent COVID-19. Learn more about this development.

How to Find Care

If you believe you have COVID-19, immediately self-isolate and contact your doctor.

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Video Visits

If you need to see your doctor or specialist but are worried about the risk of COVID-19, you can have a video visit via your smartphone.

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COVID-19 Care and Testing

Follow these steps if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.

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Testing Information

UPMC offers testing for the coronavirus. Learn more about testing options.

Stay Connected through Our Patient Portals

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution occurs, we are committed to keeping you updated and informed. We also encourage you to sign up for one of UPMC’s patient portals where your doctor can communicate with you about vaccination.

The arrival of vaccines is exciting news, but you must continue practicing COVID-19 preventive measures, including wearing facemasks, avoiding large groups, and practicing good hand hygiene. These activities save lives.