COVID-19 Vaccine Program Updates

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As a COVID-19 vaccination provider, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides vaccinations according to guidance from the U.S. and Pennsylvania Departments of Health. We are following the national vaccine distribution plan, which is occurring in a phased approach, starting with healthcare personnel, residents of long-term care facilities and individuals with certain high-risk medical conditions.

Healthcare Providers

Status

At this time, all vaccine doses received by CHOP — with 10% going to non-CHOP-affiliated healthcare providers — are designated specifically for CHOP employees according to direct guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials.

What You Can Do Now

Learn more about CHOP’s Non-affiliated Healthcare Personnel COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

Children under 16

Status

Currently, no COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use in children under the age of 16.

What You Can Do Now

Hear Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center, explain why currently authorized vaccines are not approved for young children.

Visit CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center for more detailed information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including recommendations for pregnant or nursing moms.

Teens and Young Adults ages 16-22

Status

Currently, teenagers and young adults (ages 16-22) with certain high-risk medical conditions are eligible for vaccination.

What You Can Do Now

Consult your primary care provider or local health department to determine if you are eligible for vaccination.

If you are found eligible, live in Pennsylvania, and are interested in participating in vaccination at CHOP, complete this survey.

Adults ages 23 and up

Status

As a pediatric healthcare institution, CHOP is not able to provide vaccinations to adults over 23.

What You Can Do Now

If you are Phase 1A eligible and 23 or older, contact your primary care physician or the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health for guidance on finding an adult-oriented COVID-19 vaccination location.

How and where to get vaccinated

CHOP Primary Care patients can schedule a flu shot through MyCHOP or by calling their Primary Care practice. We accept all types of insurance for flu shot appointments. You can schedule an appointment for a flu shot or you can request one during your next well or sick visit. Find your Primary Care practice >

Please note that appointments are required for flu shots; we do not accept walk-ins.

What if my child is not a CHOP Primary Care patient?

CHOP is only offering flu shots to CHOP Primary Care patients. If your child is NOT regularly followed by a CHOP Primary Care provider, we encourage you to talk to your child’s pediatrician about your options for getting the flu vaccine. Many commercial pharmacies also offer easy, convenient flu shot appointments.

How you can prevent getting the flu

What to do if your child starts having flu symptoms?

If your child is experiencing symptoms that could indicate the flu, call your Primary Care practice. If it is after office hours, you have the option of taking your child to urgent care or an emergency room.

Learn which one to choose: Emergency Department (ER) vs. Pediatric Urgent Care >

Find a CHOP Urgent Care location near you >

 

 

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