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COVID-19 Vaccines at UPMC

In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved updated COVID-19 vaccines. They are formulated to target current circulating variants and to provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.

UPMC Recommendations for COVID-19 Seasonal Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination remains an important way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community against currently circulating variants. COVID-19 vaccines help lower the risk of serious complications, including hospitalization and death.

UPMC recommends the 2023-2024 seasonal vaccination for everyone, aged 6 months and older, including people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. This recommendation is in line with the most recent federal guidance from the FDA and CDC. Getting vaccinated and staying up to date on vaccinations is recommended to prepare your immune system. It is especially important as we begin respiratory virus season.

Where to Get the Seasonal COVID-19 Vaccine

Across the nation, there is a complex supply chain process — ordering, shipping, and delivery — for the 2023-2024 seasonal doses. Timing for availability is variable and somewhat delayed from initial forecasted timelines. You may find that vaccines are becoming available now or in the coming days and weeks at primary care offices, some UPMC Urgent Care locations, and retail pharmacies, such as CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. Before scheduling an appointment, ask the office if the seasonal COVID-19 vaccine is available.

UPMC will be offering the Moderna 2023-24 seasonal COVID-19 vaccine. If you prefer Pfizer, talk with your provider.

For children, parents or guardians should speak with their pediatrician or a UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics office for options on scheduling. Children under 5 years old should receive all their doses from the same vaccine manufacturer, if feasible.

Frequently Asked Questions

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About the COVID-19 Vaccine

There is much information circulating about the COVID-19 vaccines. Find the answer to some of the most frequently asked vaccine questions.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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.

COVID-19 Information on HealthBeat

To learn more, visit UPMC HealthBeat.

Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Work Against Variants?

Multiple variants of the coronavirus have emerged, including the more contagious Delta variant (B.1.617.2). Find out how well the COVID-19 vaccines protect against variants.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Facts

There has been much discussion about the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. Review some of the myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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