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All Pennsylvania adults are now eligible to be vaccinated.

Please be advised that Primary Health Network is continuing to administer the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine which is only authorized to be used on those 18 and older.

Primary Health Network is committed to providing easy and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. If you wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Primary Health Network, you can schedule online or call 724-699-9211.

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Vaccines have been around for decades and are crucial to fighting deadly infectious diseases such as COVID-19. All Pennsylvania residents ages 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Primary Health Network is administering the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for adults ages 18 and older.


How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

In general vaccines work to give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the "spike protein", which is found on the surface of the viruses such as COVID-19.

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are given in the upper arm muscle. Once the instructions (mRNA) are inside the immune cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them.

Next, the cell displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn't belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.


Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Yes. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. The COVID-19 vaccine has been held to the same rigorous safety and efficiency standards as all other types of vaccines.


Will the COVID-19 vaccination will help protect me from getting COVID-19?

COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccine is administered in two doses. The second dose is administered 3-4 weeks after your first shot and is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease.


What are some potential side effects to the COVID-19 vaccination?

The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.


Could I have an allergic reaction to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Allergic reactions were uncommon during COVID-19 vaccine trials. However, all recipients receiving the vaccine, are required to be monitored for at least 15 minutes after vaccination for any possible reactions. If you have a history of allergic reactions to vaccines, please talk to your healthcare provider before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.


If pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive, can I get immunized?

There are currently limited data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people. However, experts believe the COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to pose a risk for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or babies who are breastfed.

Pregnant people have a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19. The benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any potential risks or side effects.

If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems.


If I've had COVID-19 should I get vaccinated?

Based on the recommendation from the CDC, those who have had COVID-19 should still receive the vaccine. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.


Can a COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19?

No. The COVID-19 vaccines currently being developed in the U.S. don't use the live virus that causes COVID-19.


CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Page

Which of the COVID vaccines are being offered at Primary Health Network?

Primary Health Network is currently administering the Moderna vaccine.


Are the vaccines interchangeable?

Experts agree that the COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable between the first and second doses. The safety and effectiveness of mixed vaccines has not be studied and more research is needed.


What ages has the Moderna vaccine been authorized for?

Those individuals 18 years of age and older.


How many doses of the Moderna vaccine are required?

Two doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine are currently required. When we call to schedule your first vaccine with us, we will also schedule you for your second dose. You must have it a specific number of days after the first dose (Moderna vaccine: 26–30 days).


If I received my first dose of vaccine from somewhere else, can I work with PHN to receive my second dose?

If you have received your 1st dose from another provider, they are responsible for finishing your vaccination series. Therefore, we encourage you reach out to them first before scheduling with us.


What should I bring with me to my vaccine appointment?

A pre-visit registration will be sent to you directly via text message or email one day prior to your appointment. Please be sure to complete the patient pre-visit registration to ensure timely access to your appointment. Along with the pre-visit check-in, we ask that you also bring the following items with you on the day of your appointment:

  • Proof of Identification
  • Insurance Card
  • If receiving your second dose, please be sure to bring your vaccination card

If I recently received another vaccine, can I schedule for my COVID vaccine?

According to the CDC, each COVID-19 vaccine dose should be separated by at least 14 days from other vaccines.


Is PHN offering access to the third dose to immunocompromised individuals?

Yes, PHN will offer the third dose to those considered to be immunocompromised. It is important to note that the COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable; therefore, if you received a certain vaccine product, you must stay with that particular product to receive the third dose. PHN offers the Moderna product.


Who are considered to be immunocompromised?

Those considered to be immunocompromised include people who:

  • Are undergoing cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Were born with or developed moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Are on active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune responses.

Is there a cost to receive the third dose?

There is no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have insurance, we will bill an administration fee to your insurance company. However, this does not result in any out of pocket cost for you.


What is the difference between a third dose and a booster shot?

The third dose is exactly that - an additional dose of the vaccine for some immunocompromised individuals to help them generate a stronger immune response similar to what most people get with just two doses. A booster dose is given to people whose immune response has weakened over time. According to the CDC, immunity from some vaccines can wear off, and at that time, a booster dose would be required. The dosage may be different than what people first received.


How do I schedule for the third dose?

To be screened and scheduled, please call our centralized COVID Vaccine department directly at 724-699-9211 option 3.

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If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

For additional resources on COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Patients Guide.


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