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COVID-19 Vaccines at UPMC

UPMC has updated our approach to COVID-19 vaccination to align with the most recent federal guidance from the FDA and CDC

The updated recommendation is for eligible individuals to receive at least one dose of the bivalent vaccine.

The dose, called "bivalent," is important to make sure you are protected against both the COVID-19 virus and current variants. The original, monovalent COVID-19 vaccines were effective against the original virus that causes COVID-19 but are no longer authorized due to the improved protection provided by bivalent vaccines.

Certain individuals can qualify for additional doses of the bivalent vaccine, based on their age, vaccination history, and immunocompromised status.

The importance of vaccines is unchanged – preparing your immune system so that when you are exposed to the virus, your risk of infection and serious complications is reduced.

Scheduling for a Bivalent Vaccine

Individuals who meet criteria can schedule for a COVID-19 bivalent dose by:

  • Calling your primary care office and asking if they offer the COVID-19 bivalent dose.
  • Contacting your local pharmacy and asking if they offer the bivalent dose.
  • Schedule online for a COVID-19 vaccine at select UPMC Urgent Care locations.
    • Please note: UPMC Urgent Care locations in Erie, central Pennsylvania, and Maryland do not offer online scheduling. When scheduling for a vaccine, please contact the office and confirm availability.
  • To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine in Potter County, Pa., call 814-274-5460 (for adults) or 814-274-9198 (for pediatrics).
  • To schedule a vaccine, click the button below or schedule an appointment by phone by calling 844-876-2822, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By clicking "Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine", you will enter UPMC's Certify Care system, where you will set up an account, answer important health questions, and pick a vaccination location, date, and time. You can search by location and which vaccines are offered. Once you schedule an appointment, you will receive confirmations and reminders from UPMC's Certify Care system. These may include text messages and emails from "UPMC Vaccine Scheduling."

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 6 Months and Older

If your child or patient is an existing UPMC Children's Community Pediatrics patient, schedule an appointment through the UPMC Children's Community Pediatrics website or by calling the child's pediatrician's office.

If your child or patient is NOT an existing UPMC Children's Community Pediatrics patient, schedule an appointment online by using the "Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine" button or calling 844-876-2822 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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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.

Western MD residents can view the available patient portals here.

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