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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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?

For Ages 12 and Up

Yes. Temple Health can offer the vaccine or booster shot (only if eligible) to anyone over age 12 at 2 convenient sites:

  • Temple University Hospital – Main Campus (Student Faculty Center) at 3340 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140
    • Appointments and walk-ins accepted Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Temple – Roosevelt Boulevard Vaccine Clinic (Boulevard Plaza next to Chickies & Pete’s adjacent to Temple ReadyCare) at 11000 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19116
    • Appointments and walk-ins accepted Monday-Wednesday and Friday, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Or, you can call 215-707-6999 to schedule an appointment at either location.

For Ages 5 to 11

Yes. Temple Health is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children 5 years and older at the following location:

  • Temple University Hospital – Main Campus (Student Faculty Center) at 3340 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. Please call 217-707-6999 to schedule an appointment for any of the following days/times:
    • Thursday, November 18: 8:00 AM to 12:45 PM
    • Saturday, November 20: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Monday, November 22: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Monday, November 29: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Saturday, December 18: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Free Transportation Resources for Your Vaccine Appointment

The City of Philadelphia has provided Temple with free SEPTA transit passes to help you get to and from your vaccine appointment at the Temple University Hospital – Main Campus vaccine clinic.

Simply ask for your transit passes once you arrive at our clinic. We can provide up to 4 transit passes per person for trips to and from the TUH – Main Campus vaccine site for your first and second dose.

Who Should Receive a Third Dose of the COVID Vaccine?

As of Thursday, August 12, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccines for some people with weakened immune systems. Based on this authorization, Temple Health patients who are at risk of an incomplete immune response from their initial two doses, or those who are currently at heightened risk because they are immunocompromised, will be eligible to receive a third dose at Temple University Hospital – Main Campus or Temple – Roosevelt Boulevard Vaccine Clinic.

These patients should receive the third dose of the vaccine at least 28 days following the two-dose regimen of the same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). There is not enough data to support giving immunocompromised patients an additional dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at this time. The FDA and CDC continue to evaluate this and will provide a recommendation when possible.

Patients with the following conditions may be eligible:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood (leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, etc.)
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response (such as monoclonal antibodies)
  • Been receiving chronic hemodialysis
  • Chronic rheumatologic conditions requiring immunocompromising treatment (such as steroids and monoclonal antibodies)

Fully vaccinated individuals who are not immunocompromised should not get an additional dose of the vaccine at this time. We're working to contact people who are eligible for a third dose to schedule an appointment.

What Are Other Options to Get a Vaccine?

There are multiple ways to register for a vaccine appointment:

  1. Temple Health and Temple University are partnering with organizations in North Philadelphia to schedule vaccine clinics at local churches and community sites. These organizations will reach out to their members with specific information on how to schedule vaccine appointments at each location as they have availability.
  2. The City of Philadelphia is running mass vaccine clinics for Philadelphia residents in many locations around the city. Learn more about making an appointment.
  3. The federal government is distributing more vaccines to local pharmacies and vaccination sites. Visit vaccinefinder.org/search to see if there is an open clinic near you and register for an appointment.
  4. The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is also running vaccination clinics around Philadelphia.

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:

  1. Wear a mask around others
  2. Wash your hands frequently
  3. Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others
  4. Monitor your own health closely

Together we will get through this. 

Helpful Resources

Here is some additional information about COVID-19 and the vaccine:

 

Page last updated on November 16, 2021.