COVID-19 Vaccine Program FAQs

En Español

Updated April 15, 2021

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

At this time, to ensure equity and efficiency of vaccine use, COVID-19 vaccinations are only being administered at central vaccine clinics and not at primary care offices.

Because vaccine demand is currently higher than supply, eligible patients will be randomly selected for the opportunity to schedule a vaccine. When vaccine supply is available and we are able to offer you a vaccination appointment, you will be notified by MyCHOP message, email or phone.

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

COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being administered at central vaccine clinics. Vaccine clinics will be held in the Alex Scott Day Hospital, located in the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at the Philadelphia campus, and in the King of Prussia Specialty Care and Surgery Center. No New Jersey clinics are planned at this time.

Now that all individuals (ages 16 and older) are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, what is CHOP’s plan for vaccinating patients?

CHOP is focusing our vaccination efforts on eligible CHOP patients (ages 16-23). There is currently not enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all eligible patients. We will continue to prioritize the vaccination of patients with high-risk medical conditions in accordance with public health guidance. In order to be as fair and equitable as possible, eligible patients will be randomly selected for the opportunity to schedule a vaccination. We expect vaccine supply to increase over time, and we will update our plan accordingly to reach as many CHOP patients as possible.

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

CHOP is vaccinating CHOP patients only. We continue to rely on vaccine supply from local departments of health, and there is currently not enough supply to vaccinate all eligible patients. We will therefore continue to prioritize the vaccination of CHOP patients with high-risk medical conditions in accordance with public health guidance. In order to be as fair and equitable as possible, eligible patients will be randomly selected for the opportunity to schedule a vaccination. If you/your child is an eligible CHOP patient, you will be contacted when vaccine supply is available and we are able to offer you a vaccination appointment.

Keep in mind that we expect vaccine supply to increase over time, and we will update our plan accordingly to reach as many CHOP patients as possible. If, in the meantime, 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.

My child has a pre-existing condition. Will they be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination?

CHOP is continuing to prioritize the vaccination of CHOP patients with certain high-risk medical conditions in accordance with public health guidance. In order to be as fair and equitable as possible, eligible patients will be randomly selected for the opportunity to schedule a vaccination. If you/your child is an eligible CHOP patient, you will be contacted when vaccine supply is available and we are able to offer you a vaccination appointment. If, in the meantime, 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.

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. Register for vaccination at any location you can.   

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 16 and older, the Moderna vaccine is only approved for ages 18 and older. Eligible young adults ages 18 and older may receive either vaccine. Keep in mind that these vaccines are not interchangeable. With rare exception due to availability, we will administer both doses with the same 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?

According to the CDC’s most recent guidance, fully vaccinated individuals can spend time indoors with small groups of other people who have been fully vaccinated without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also spend time indoors with unvaccinated members of a single household without wearing a mask, provided the unvaccinated individuals are at low risk of COVID-19.

Even for fully vaccinated individuals, however, gathering in large groups is still not recommended. Because we don’t yet know if COVID-19 vaccines fully protect against asymptomatic transmission of the virus, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask and practice physical distancing in public and when spending time with members of multiple households. Please refer to the CDC for the latest guidance.

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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