COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION & RESOURCES

GETTING YOUR VACCINE AT EHC

Esperanza Health Center is now offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals ages 18 and older. Our team will be administering vaccines at our Hunting Park site and Kensington site on the following days:

Hunting Park Site (4417 N. 6th Street)

  • Monday and Wednesday: 9:15am – 12:00pm noon and 1:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Friday: 9:15am – 12:00pm noon

Kensington Site (861 E. Allegheny Avenue)

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9:15am – 12:00pm noon and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Friday: 9:15am – 12:00pm noon

Please read the following information before scheduling your vaccine appointment,
including information about eligibility to receive a vaccine booster:

Am I currently eligible for a vaccine booster?

You are eligible to receive a booster at this time if you are immunocompromised and it has been 28 days since your second dose.  Immunocompromised individuals include the following:

  • Been receiving active 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 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection;
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

If I received my first dose elsewhere, can I receive my second dose at Esperanza Health Center?

Individuals must be receiving your first dose at Esperanza Health Center. If you have received your first dose at another clinic or location it is recommended that you return to that location to schedule your second dose.

Are you currently taking chemotherapy?

Please consult with your healthcare provider before receiving the vaccine.

Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?

Pregnant and breastfeeding women may choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as per the CDC. Please consult with your healthcare provider regarding the vaccine if you have any questions.

Have you received passive antibody therapy as treatment for COVID-19?

If you received passive antibody therapy as treatment for COVID-19 it is important that you wait at least 90 days before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have been infected with COVID-19, please wait 2-3 weeks after your symptoms have resolved and you have been cleared from isolation to receive your vaccine. This is to reduce the risk of side effects.

  • If you have any questions, please call us at (215) 807-8620, M – F from 9:00 am – 12 noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Based on your responses to the questions above, please click the link below or call us to schedule your vaccine appointment.
  • You will receive a confirmation message by email/text.

Schedule by phone: Call (215) 807-8620, M – F from 9:00am – 12:00pm noon and 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Walk-ins age 18 and older are also accepted (Note – vaccines are not guaranteed for walk-ins; if a vaccine is unavailable,
an appointment will be given.

FOR PATIENTS

If you are a current patient at Esperanza Health Center and would like to request a vaccine appointment, please read the important information below:

  • We will try to make vaccines available during your scheduled medical appointments with your primary medical clinician.
  • You may also call the COVID line at (215) 807-8620 to make an appointment or walk in during vaccine clinic hours. If a vaccine is available at that time, we will provide it to you. Otherwise, the next available appointment will be given.

Questions or concerns about the vaccine? Now is the time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the vaccine with your primary care provider.

VACCINE FAQ’S

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Does the vaccine work?

The currently available vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID, including from the Delta variant.

I'm worried about side effects.

The vaccine commonly causes mild to moderate symptoms such as pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever which typically resolve in 1-2 days, and typically improve with Tylenol or Motrin. Worse side effects such as severe allergic reaction are very rare, and occur typically in a patient who has had a severe allergic reaction.

Are the vaccines safe?

Yes. All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible.  Tens of thousands of people participated in clinical trials, including people of all ages, races and ethnicities. The trials also included people who have other health conditions, such as diabetes, HIV, heart disease, lung disease and more — and there were no specific complications for these groups, either. The top vaccine experts in the world reviewed and approved the results of these trials. For more information, visit the CDC website.

Can the vaccine give you COVID-19?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. You do not need to quarantine after receiving the vaccine.

What does Esperanza recommend?

We strongly encourage you to consider getting the vaccine once it is available to protect yourself and your loved ones. We recommend the vaccine for all patients except those who have a history of severe allergic reactions to injectable medications.

SLOW THE SPREAD

Distributing the vaccine will take time and patience. We all need to keep doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:

  • Wear a mask/face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid indoor gatherings with those outside your immediate household.