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COVID 19 Vaccine Updates

March 25, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine: It’s our turn to roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated!

Due to the shutdowns and controlled reopenings over the past year, it’s hard to imagine a time when
we didn’t know COVID-19 existed. Now when people say “virus,” we know what they mean. The impact
of COVID-19 on our lives, our activities, and our freedom has affected us all. The responsibility is ours, as
a community, to help stop this virus. Now we have a new, safe, and effective tool to help us do that—
COVID-19 vaccines.

It takes everyone.

We all need to step up to beat COVID-19. We ask you to join us in protecting yourself, your family and
friends, and our community by getting vaccinated.

“COVID-19 vaccination is one of the strongest tools we can use to fight this pandemic together as well
as getting tested, wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands,” says Andrea Custis,
President & CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia.

Getting vaccinated adds an important layer of protection for you, your family, and loved ones. Here are
some things you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are very effective at preventing
    the disease.
  • The most common side effects are pain in the arm where you got the shot, feeling tired,
    headache, body aches, chills, and fever.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available—wearing masks, staying at
    least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated
    spaces, washing your hands frequently and getting vaccinated.

We want everyone in our community to be safe and get back to hugging our families and friends and
shaking hands with our neighbors.

We all play a part in this effort and you are key. If you are a Philadelphia County resident and are
interested in receiving a vaccine, there are several options for the vaccine. These options are subject to
change.

  1. Sign up using the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine
    Interest Form available at: https://covid-vaccine-interest.phila.gov or call the Health
    Department at (215) 685-5488 or Philly 311.
  2. If you are 65 or older, register with Oak Street –
    https://www.oakstreethealth.com/covid-19-vaccine
  3. Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium – check for daily locations, based on zip codes, no
    reservations needed – https://blackdoctorsconsortium.com/free-covid-19-testing/
  4. Vybe Urgent Care – https://www.vybe.care/covid-vaccine-center/
  5. Check with your neighborhood Federally Qualified Health Center. To see a full of centers
    click here.
  6. Check with pharmacy chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart and Walgreens.

If you have questions about vaccination clinics with the City’s Department of Public Health, refer to
Everything you need to know about the City Vaccine Clinics.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit CDC’s FAQs web page:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.