Page Updated March 4, 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.Others included in our Phase 1a vaccination efforts are people with underlying health conditions that put them at risk for COVID-19 complications.
On March 3, 2021, Gov. Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced a plan to vaccinate teachers and other school staff using the single-dose the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
UPMC strives for health equity in all vaccination efforts. We are committed to:
Under Pennsylvania's Phase 1a, people eligible for the vaccine include:
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.
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.More COVID Vaccine FAQ
Please note that completing the following form does not register you for a COVID-19 vaccine.
New York residents may call 833-697-4829 or visit ny.gov/vaccine 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 chqgov.com for county-specific vaccine distribution information.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination at UPMC Western Maryland. Maryland residents may call 855-MD-GoVAX (855-634-6829) or visit covidlink.maryland.gov for more information on vaccine distribution in their state.
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If you believe you have COVID-19, immediately self-isolate and contact your doctor.
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.
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.