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COVID-19 Vaccines at UPMC

Page Updated September 8, 2021

UPMC’s COVID-19 vaccination goal is simple – vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

On Aug. 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans 16 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is also available for children age 12-15 under emergency use authorization from the FDA.

If you are 12 and older, you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. UPMC encourages everyone who is eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine

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

  • A trusted and reliable vaccination 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.

UPMC, Pittsburgh Penguins® Partner for Vaccine Distribution

As part of a partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins®, UPMC will be hosting vaccination clinics throughout our communities in the coming weeks.

Learn more about the vaccine clinics.

Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccines

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

Effective May 10, 2021, all Pennsylvanians 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to schedule your vaccine today.

For information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

How do I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

If you wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from UPMC, you can schedule 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.

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.

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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

Can Kids Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Children 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at UPMC. Here's what you need to know.

Learn more about the vaccine eligibility for kids

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.