COVID-19 Vaccine Program
As a COVID-19 vaccination provider, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides vaccinations according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local departments of health. This is an evolving process, and we encourage you to check this page frequently for updates. (Updated: June 30, 2022)
CHOP unfortunately cannot guarantee the timing of a vaccination appointment for all eligible individuals who express an interest in participating in our COVID-19 vaccination program.
If you have the opportunity to enroll in a trusted community vaccination program that may be able to offer immunization before CHOP (such as those being offered at schools, local pharmacies, or local health departments), we encourage you to do so. You can also search this vaccine finder (available in English and Spanish) to find a vaccine program close to home.
Children Under 5
Children under age 5 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting at 6 months of age. The Moderna vaccine is approved for children ages 6 months to less than 6 years, and the Pfizer vaccine is approved for children ages 6 months to less than 5 years.
CHOP Primary Care practices will offer Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Primary Care patients under the age of 5, and will continue to offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 and up.
What You Can Do Now
Eligible CHOP Primary Care patients in this age group can schedule a vaccine appointment through their regular Primary Care office. Find scheduling instructions here.
Children Ages 5-11
All U.S. individuals age 5 up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. A third dose of the mRNA vaccine is recommended for immunocompromised patients, and booster shots are recommended for all individuals over the age of 5 (see CDC guidance).
CHOP Primary Care practices offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to their eligible Primary Care patients 5-11, including a third dose for immunocompromised patients and booster shots for any patient ages 5-11.
What You Can Do Now
Eligible CHOP Primary Care patients ages 5-11 can call their Primary Care office to schedule a vaccine or booster appointment. If your child has received any dose of the vaccine at a location other than CHOP, please notify your Primary Care office. Still trying to decide? Consider these three factors.
Prepare your child for vaccinations with this kid-friendly interactive resource.
Teens and Young Adults Ages 12-23
All U.S. individuals age 12 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. A third dose of the mRNA vaccine is recommended for immunocompromised patients, and booster shots are recommended for all individuals over the age of 12 (see CDC guidance).
CHOP Primary Care offers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to their eligible Primary Care patients, including a third dose for immunocompromised patients and booster shots for any patient ages 12-23.
What You Can Do Now
Eligible CHOP Primary Care patients ages 12-23 can call their Primary Care office to schedule a vaccine or booster appointment. If your child has received any dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a location other than CHOP, please notify your Primary Care office.
Adults Ages 24 and Up
As a pediatric healthcare institution, CHOP is focusing our patient vaccination program on adolescents and young adults who are best served by a pediatric institution.
What You Can Do Now
If you are 24 or older and are currently eligible, consult your medical provider or local department of health for guidance on finding an appropriate COVID-19 vaccination location, or search the Vaccines.gov vaccine finder (available in English and Spanish).
Community Vaccination Programs
From hosting vaccination events in underserved neighborhoods to vaccinating unaffiliated healthcare workers, CHOP has partnered with organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about CHOP’s community vaccination efforts.
Answering your questions about COVID-19 vaccines
Since COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are new, it is understandable that some people have questions about the long-term effects of the vaccine. While the rules of science do not allow scientists to say that long-term effects can never happen, the evidence is strong that mRNA vaccines will not cause long-term harm.
For answers to frequently asked questions, we encourage you to refer to these helpful resources for more information from trusted sources.
- Long-term Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine? What We Know (or watch this video)
- How do mRNA Vaccines Work?
- Should My Child Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
- What to Know about COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Under 5
- Three Factors to Assist Parents' Decision-Making
- Get the Facts about Myocarditis and COVID-19
- FAQs about getting your COVID-19 vaccine at CHOP (eligibility, CHOP vaccine clinics, safety and more)
- FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines (ingredients, how they work, side effects, safety and more)
- Supporting School-Age Children Before, During and After Vaccination
- My COVID-19 Vaccine Experience: Watch short videos sharing personal experiences and decision-making related to getting the COVID-19 vaccine
Still have questions about getting vaccinated through CHOP? Call CHOP's Coronavirus Helpline at 800-722-7112.
What we can all do now to prevent the transmission of COVID-19
Whether you are eligible for the vaccine at this time or not, continue to follow the CDC’s recommended public health guidelines to help prevent transmission of COVID-19.
Finding other vaccination sites close to home
If you have the opportunity to vaccinate your child through another trusted community program, such as a school, pharmacy or local health department, we encourage you to do so. If your child is vaccinated through another program, make sure to inform your primary care provider at your next appointment.
These city and state resources can help you find other vaccination sites:
- Vaccines.gov Vaccine Finder (available in English and Spanish)
- Philadelphia Department of Health Vaccine Clinics (available in English and Spanish)
- Pennsylvania Department of Health “Your Turn” vaccine finder tool
- New Jersey Department of Health vaccine finder
- Delaware Health and Social Services
Resources for non-English speakers
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines in other languages, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for resources in languages other than English.
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