COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION & RESOURCES

GETTING YOUR COVID-19 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: 9:15am – 12:00pm noon and 1:30pm – 4:15pm
  • Wednesday and Friday: 9:15am – 12:00pm noon and 2:00pm – 4:15pm
    *(Children 12+ can now receive the Pfizer vaccine during this time slot)

Kensington Site (861 E. Allegheny Avenue)

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9:15am – 12:00pm noon and 1:30pm – 4:15pm

COVID-19 THIRD DOSE INFORMATION

Esperanza Health Center is providing the third COVID-19 vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and meet certain criteria outlined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Those eligible include people who have received two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna at least 28 days ago AND meet the following criteria:

    • 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

We advise that people should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER INFORMATION

Boosters are now authorized for anyone 18+ years old who received their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer 6 months ago or one dose of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) 2 months ago. Please read the detailed booster information from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health below:

  • People aged 18+ who received a primary series of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may receive a booster dose at least 6 months after completing their primary series. The CDC recommends that people aged 50+ years or those 18+ years living in a long-term care facility should receive a booster dose.
  • People aged 18+ years who received a single dose of the J&J primary series should receive a booster dose at least 2 months after receiving their vaccine.
  • The Pfizer and J&J boosters are identical to the doses provided in the primary series, while the Moderna booster dose is half the original dose 

PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE FOR CHILDREN AGED 5 – 11

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 5 years and older after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) authorized the use for those aged 5-11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Below are important details regarding the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 years old:

 

    • Only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for those aged 5-11
    • Two doses are recommended, with the second dose due three weeks after the first
    • The dosage for children aged 5-11 is 1/3rd the size of a standard Pfizer dose
    • The vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children aged 5-11
    • The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children ages 5-11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study
For more information about the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children, visit https://www.phila.gov/2021-11-03-childrens-covid-19-vaccine-is-now-available-in-philadelphia/. 

Please read the following information before scheduling your appointment, including eligibility to receive a third dose:

Am I currently eligible for a third dose?

You are eligible to receive a third dose 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.

Are you currently taking chemotherapy?

Please consult with your healthcare provider before receiving the vaccine.

Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. People who are pregnant or recently pregnant are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with people who are not pregnant. Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. 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 30 days before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. If you received passive antibody therapy as prevention for COVID-19, it is important that you wait at least 30 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.

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.

SLOW THE SPREAD

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.
  • Practice caution when gathering indoors with those outside your immediate household. If you are vaccinated, we recommend avoiding indoor gatherings with unvaccinated individuals.

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.