The COVID-19 vaccine has given us all hope that there are brighter days ahead. In the meantime, we’re receiving many questions about the vaccine from you, our patients and community. Questions like: Who should get the vaccine? How soon can I get it? Will I have a reaction to it? We understand the uncertainty you may feel and will bring you the most updated information as we get it.
Is Temple Health Offering Vaccinations?
Temple Health receives its vaccines from the City of Philadelphia and is therefore required to follow the City’s guidelines. At this time, we can only offer vaccinations to people who meet the following criteria:
- Are an active patient of Temple
- Live in Philadelphia
- Are over the age of 75 or have one of the following medical conditions that the City has defined as high-risk:
- Type 2 diabetes
- On kidney dialysis
- Immunocompromised due to a past organ transplant or having HIV
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy
- Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30
- Sickle cell disease
- Down syndrome
We're contacting patients who meet these criteria, starting with those at highest risk, to schedule a vaccine appointment. When we contact you, we will provide information on how to schedule your first shot. Your second shot will be scheduled when you arrive for your first.
We understand that this is a frustrating and uncertain time. There are more people who meet the criteria than the amount of vaccine currently available. We are not yet able to schedule vaccine appointments for patients, family members and community members who call or email us. We will continue to contact eligible patients through phone, email or the myTempleHealth patient portal as we receive more vaccine supply.
What Can I Do in the Meantime?
We do not have a specific timeline on when the criteria will be expanded, or when we will have more vaccine doses available. Here are some things you can do:
- Check back here for updates and continue to check the City’s website or the website of the county where you live.
- If you can get a vaccine through an alternate location, we strongly encourage you to do so. The most important thing is you get vaccinated.
The federal government is also distributing more vaccines to local pharmacies and vaccination sites. Visit vaccinefinder.org/search to see if there is an open clinic near you and pre-register for an appointment. However, the VaccineFinder website does not have a complete and comprehensive list of all available vaccination locations.
Pre-Registering with Your County
Individual counties may offer you the ability to pre-register for the vaccine. If you sign up through one of those county websites, you will receive information about the status of the vaccine rollout and when it's your time to be vaccinated.
- Philadelphia County, PA: Pre-Register for Vaccine
- Bucks County, PA: Pre-Register for Vaccine
- Montgomery County, PA: Pre-Register for Vaccine
- Delaware County, PA: Pre-Register for Vaccine
- Chester County, PA: Pre-Register for Vaccine
- Camden County, NJ: Pre-Register for Vaccine
- Burlington County, NJ: Pre-Register for Vaccine
- Mercer County, NJ: Pre-Register for Vaccine
How Temple Health Patients Will Be Notified
Temple Health patients who are eligible for the vaccine will be notified via email through myTempleHealth, our patient portal or via a phone call.
If you do not already have a myTempleHealth account, we strongly encourage you to activate your account today.
You can activate your account by following these step-by-step instructions.
Sign Up for COVID-19 Information
Temple Health also has a new e-newsletter with important updates from our experts about COVID-19, the vaccine, the latest treatments, active clinical trials, how to stay healthy and more. Sign up today and you will receive the newsletter on a regular basis through email.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. And please remember to continue practicing these 4 key health precautions:
- Wear a mask around others
- Wash your hands frequently
- Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others
- Monitor your own health closely
Together we will get through this.
Here is some additional information about COVID-19 and the vaccine:
- Latest COVID-19 information from Temple Health
- General vaccine information:
- COVID-19 vaccine facts from the CDC: