COVID-19 Resources

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The information on this page is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. See a licensed medical professional with your specific questions and concerns. The following is provided for informational and educational purposes.

This page last updated: 18 JAN 2022

All adult groups are now eligible to receive the vaccine! Learn about the vaccines here.
People aged 5 and up can get the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. Safety info here.  

 Image: Front page of the COVID-19 Vaccine Interactive toolConfused? Concerned? Understandable!
Click to use our interactive tool and explore information about COVID-19, variants, and vaccines from reliable, factual sources. 
What are the risks and benefits of vaccination? FAQs, short videos, explanations, all in one spot!
Last updated 18 JAN 2022
COVID-19 Vaccines

There are three vaccines being distributed in the US. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each have their own two-shot schedule. The Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) only requires one shot. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.
Fact sheets: Side Effects After a Vaccine (Adults)   Side Effects After a Vaccine (Kids & Teens) 

Booster shots are strongly recommended if: it has been 6 months since your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or if it has been over 2 months since your J&J shot. Booster shots help protect you against some of the newer variants of concern. Learn more in our interactive tool linked above. 

Where can I get the vaccine?

Click here to find vaccine providers across the USA. You can now filter results by which vaccine you’d like to receive.

You can also text your 5-digit ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccination sites nearby. 

In York County, PA, you can visit the York County COVID-19 Vaccine Website. This map includes where walk-in appointments are available around the county.   Back to top

I don’t drive. How do I get to my vaccine?

Help is available! Contact RabbitTransit at: 1-800-632-9063. Set your vaccine appointment first. Then call no later than noon the day before your appointment to schedule a ride share to and from your appointment location. Masks are required during the ride.

Uber is donating rides to and from vaccine appointments. Find availability here: Committed to helping (uber.com)
Lyft is also providing free or low-cost rides to and from vaccine appointments. Find availability here: Lyft | Vaccine Access

I can’t leave my home. How can I get a vaccine?

If you have difficulties preventing you from leaving your home, you may be able to get an in-home vaccination. Contact these services to see if they offer in-home COVID-19 vaccinations:

  • Your doctor or health care provider
  • Hotline for Medicare recipients at 1-800-633-4227 (TTY 1-877-486-2048)
  • The PA Department of Health Vaccine Homebound (pa.gov) service. Call the PACE Call Center at 1-800-225-7223 or the PA LINK at 1-800-753-8827 
  • Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) 1-888-677-1199
  • Services for older adults and their families Eldercare Locator  or 1-800-677-1116  

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What does the vaccine cost? 

There is no cost for the vaccine, and insurance is not required to receive the vaccine.

I’ve had both shots. What do I do with my vaccination card? 

Keep it somewhere safe! This is your record that you have been vaccinated. If you get a booster shot ((new) recommended if your 2nd shot was 6 months ago or longer), they’ll update this card.

Providers

Vaccine Providers in our region as of  18 January 2022
Many of these locations also provide COVID-19 testing on-site.

PA Dept of Health COVID-19 website: COVID-19 Vaccine (pa.gov)

WellSpan Health
Visit my.wellspan.org for info on vaccines at WellSpan locations.
WellSpan hotline: (855) 851-3641

Geisinger Health
Visit https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/patients-and-visitors/covid-19-vaccine-faqs for info on vaccines at Geisinger Health locations. 

Giant Food Stores Pharmacy
Visit https://giantfoodstores.com/pages/tgc-vaccines  for appointment availability     
*most stores are located in south central PA

Rite Aid Pharmacy
Visit the Rite-Aid COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler. Find more info at https://www.riteaid.com/Covid-19

CVS Pharmacy
Appointments available in the CVS app or on website. More info at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
Target stores may have a CVS pharmacy inside.
Weis Markets Pharmacy (limited locations)
Availability on the Weis Markets website: Pharmacy Services | Weis Markets

East Berlin Pharmacy
335 W King St, East Berlin, PA 17316(717) 259-0421  
Visit the East Berlin Pharmacy Website for appointment information.
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COVID-19 Testing

What to expect when getting a COVID-19 test:
Bring your ID. If you do not have identification, contact the testing site to learn what to do.
There may be a cost or copay. Generally, these are low. Check with your insurance for coverage. 
It may be uncomfortable. In order to get as accurate results as possible, your healthcare provider may need to swab deep inside your nose, throat, or both. 
You may need an appointment or a doctor’s referral to get a test at some sites. If you use the PA Department of Health testing site provider, look for “general public” to determine which locations might accept walk-in test requests. Otherwise, call your healthcare provider to ask about their policies.

Where to Get At-Home Tests (new)

(new) By Mail: The federal government has purchased 1 billion rapid tests for distribution to American households. Requests start January 19, 2022 on COVIDTests.gov. You can request mail delivery of up to four at-home tests. There is no requirement for payment of any kind. Shipping starts 7 to 12 days after a request is fulfilled on the website.

(new) At a Pharmacy: All insurance providers are now required to cover the costs of at-home COVID-19 tests. This may be in the form of direct coverage (you pay nothing when you pick up the tests at the pharmacy), or it may be in the form of reimbursement (your costs are paid back in the form of a check from your insurance company). Availability of tests varies by region, and an individual store may restrict the number of tests a person may purchase at one time.  Your provider will have a limit on how many tests are eligible for reimbursement at one time.

Types of COVID-19 tests

Many local healthcare providers are able to provide a COVID-19 test to determine if you currently have COVID-19. There are two types: 
  • an antigen test gives you results in under an hour; these are about 60-75% accurate. They are most accurate if testing takes place within the first 1-3 days of symptoms or known exposure. Over-the-counter “rapid” tests are antigen tests. 
  • a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test gets sent out to a laboratory. Results will come in 2 to 14 days (depending on how busy the lab is); these are over 90% accurate and are considered the “gold standard” for disease detection
An antibody test (or serology test) is a blood test that tells you if you have been exposed to COVID-19, but it cannot tell if you currently have active COVID-19 disease.  Serology tests also test how strong a person’s immune response is after being vaccinated. Back to top

Should You Get Tested?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you may choose to get a test.
If a doctor orders a COVID-19 test. 
If you learn you are a “Close Contact” of someone with COVID-19, you should get tested.
A close contact is someone who: 
      • has been within 6 feet of someone who was infected with COVID-19, and
    • they were within 6 feet of them for 15 minutes or more in total over a single 24-hour period

If you are going to come into contact with a vulnerable individual, you may choose to self-test. 

Learn More

Want to learn more about how the COVID-19 vaccine was developed? What are the known safety and risk information? Other FAQs? 
Click here to go to our COVID-19 Vaccine: Learn Page

Printables

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Resources, January 2022 (one double sided sheet) Contains info on testing and resources to help overcome barriers to vaccination such as lack of transport.

What To Expect At Your Vaccine Appointment (one double sided sheet)

What To Expect After the COVID-19 Vaccine Printable Sheet (one sheet)

Healthline: Understanding Opposition to Vaccine (3 single sided pages)

Sources

Click the above link to view our updated, linked list of the resources used to create both this COVID-19 Vaccine: Learn tool and also the COVID-19 Resources webpage. Back to top