COVID-19 Vaccine Program FAQs

En Español

Updated Nov. 5, 2021

My child is eligible for vaccination and has a well visit scheduled. Will they get the vaccine at that time?

Eligible CHOP Primary Care patients ages 5-23 can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at their CHOP Primary Care office during routine, pre-scheduled well child visits, as long as supply allows. Vaccinations may also be offered during a sick visit, depending on your child’s symptoms and vaccine availability. Please note: Sick visits may not be scheduled for the purpose of vaccination only.  

Get more details about how to make vaccine appointments »

Can my child get their COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot at the same time?

It is safe to receive the COVID-19 and influenza (flu) vaccines at the same time. Hospitals across the nation are navigating an increase in hospitalization due to respiratory viral infections. To safeguard your child’s health and prevent hospitalization, we encourage you to get your child’s flu and COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible. Please contact your primary care provider for information about scheduling a flu vaccine appointment.

Does my child really need both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?

One dose of the COVID-19 vaccine does not provide full protection against the virus. Put simply, the first dose helps your body create an immune response, and the second dose strengthens your immunity to the virus. Without both doses, your child is not fully immunized against COVID-19 and is at greater risk of contracting the virus. 

Does my child need a third dose?

At this time, the CDC is recommending people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses. Please refer to the CDC website for the latest recommendations and details about who should receive a third dose.

Eligible CHOP Primary Care patients ages 12-23 who are immunocompromised and qualify for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can receive the vaccine at their CHOP Primary Care office during a routine well or sick visit. You can also call your primary care office to arrange for the third dose. Patients under the age of 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. 

Where will my/my child’s vaccine be administered?

Eligible CHOP patients can receive their COVID-19 vaccines at Primary care locations in PA and NJ (for patients regularly seen at each practice).

Learn about CHOP’s COVID-19 vaccination program here

Now that all individuals ages 5 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, what is CHOP’s plan for vaccinating patients?

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine for my child at CHOP?

We are currently focusing our vaccination efforts on eligible CHOP Primary Care patients (ages 5-23). At this time, CHOP is vaccinating CHOP patients only. Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Program website for the latest details and instructions.

If you have the opportunity to enroll in another vaccination program that may be able to offer immunization before CHOP, we encourage you to do so. You can also search the Vaccines.gov vaccine finder (available in English and Spanish) to find a vaccine provider near you. 

Can my 12-year-old be vaccinated at a vaccine hub?

The approved COVID-19 vaccine dose for children ages 5-11 is less than the dose needed for teens and adults. Vaccination for teens and adults will not be available at our vaccine hub locations. For children ages 12 and older, please schedule a vaccination appointment through your Primary Care office. 

Where else can I get a COVID-19 vaccine for my child?

We encourage you to check your local department of health website, as well as city, county and state websites, for information about public vaccination sites and pharmacies that may offer COVID-19 vaccination. The Vaccines.gov vaccine finder (available in English and Spanish) can also help you find a vaccine program near you.

How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

There is no cost to you for the COVID-19 vaccine; however, we do collect a vaccine administration fee from applicable insurers.

Are eligible young adults receiving the Moderna or Pfizer-Biontech vaccine?

While the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine is approved for use in ages 5 and older, the Moderna vaccine is only approved for ages 18 and older. Eligible young adults ages 18 and older may receive either vaccine. 

What safety protocols are being followed at the vaccine clinics?

Our vaccine clinics follow the same safety measures as all of the hospital’s clinical spaces, including masking, physical distancing and CDC-compliant cleaning protocols. We are also prepared to respond to any reaction patients may experience to a vaccine.

Who can accompany me/my child to their vaccination appointment?

To keep our patients, families and staff safe, only one healthy adult may accompany you/your child to their vaccination appointment. Additional adults and siblings are not permitted.

What ingredients are the in the COVID-19 vaccines?

Review the ingredients of the mRNA vaccine against COVID-19.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine have side effects?

After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, some people may feel tired and some will experience headache and muscle aches. These types of side effects are the result of your immune system responding to the vaccine. Learn more about side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s what we know about the possibility of long-term side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine:

If I or my child experiences a vaccine side effect, who should I call?

If you/your child is experiencing unusual side effects and you are concerned, follow your usual approach to contacting your care provider. Routine side effects can be treated symptomatically with acetaminophen or similar products.

Can I prevent side effects by taking pain reliever prior to receiving the vaccine?

We do not advise taking pain or fever relieving medications prior to being vaccinated.

The CDC has indicated that you can take anti-fever or anti-inflammatory medications if necessary following COVID-19 vaccination, but it is important to know that doing so could diminish the level of immunity that develops. Learn more here.

If I or my child previously tested positive for COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?

People who had COVID-19 are still recommended to get the vaccine after they have recovered. Learn more here.

I am fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a mask and physically distance from other fully-vaccinated individuals?

With new variants emerging and fluctuating infection rates across the country, please refer to the CDC’s most recent guidance for masking best practices for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.

Do fully vaccinated individuals need to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19?

People who have completed a vaccine series AND are between two weeks and three months from the last dose, do not need to quarantine. Everyone, however, should continue with good public health practices like masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing as scientists are not yet certain if vaccines prevent asymptomatic transmission from a vaccinated person.


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