COVID-19 Vaccine Update (Revised 06/04/2021)

UPDATE: The City of Philadelphia has announced that as of May 12, 2021, there is no longer a requirement to be a Philadelphia resident to receive the COVID-19 vaccine within Philadelphia.

Esperanza Health Center is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is approved for adults ages 18 and older.

Eligibility criteria to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Esperanza Health Center:

  1. You must be at least 18 years old.
  2. You 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).

Please do not proceed with requesting an appointment if you do not meet the eligibility criteria. We regret that we will not be able to administer the vaccine to you.


Please read the following guidance before proceeding to request your appointment.

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 another vaccine in the last 14 days?
The COVID-19 vaccine series should be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of other vaccines. Please do not schedule your COVID-19 vaccine within 2 weeks of receiving any other 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.

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.

  • Based on the information provided above, if you would still like to proceed with requesting your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please click the scheduling link below. After requesting an appointment, you will receive a confirmation message by email/text.

  • Alternatively, you may call the COVID Vaccine Line, Monday – Friday from 1- 4pm at (215) 807-8620 to schedule an appointment. 


  • Anyone may come in on a standby/walk-in basis to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, at the following locations and times. (NOTE – the vaccine is not guaranteed to those who come on a walk-in basis; the vaccine will be given if available, and an appointment will be given if the vaccine is unavailable). 
    • Hunting Park (4417 N. 6th Street): Mon, Tue and Fri, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Wed and Thu, 9:00 – 11:00 am.
    • Kensington (861 E. Allegheny Avenue): Tue, Wed and Thu, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Mon and Fri, 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Additional Locations Where You Can Receive the Vaccine

  • The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is offering COVID-19 vaccines and free testing to anyone age 12 and older on a walk-up basis at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2011 W. Lehigh Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132. All three available COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer (approved for ages 12 and older), and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (approved for ages 18 and older) – are available.  Learn more at their website:
  • The website provides a list of additional locations near you where all of the currently-available COVID-19 vaccines are being provided.

For Esperanza Health Center patients who wish to request a vaccine appointment – additional important information:

  • We will try to make vaccines available during your scheduled medical appointments with your primary medical clinician.
  • We are also sending text messages to patients asking them if they WANT to receive the vaccine.

>> If you reply “Yes,” we will call you to schedule you for the vaccine.

  • Given staff limitations causing overloaded phone lines, we ask that you please do not call us to request a vaccine.

We request your patience with this process, even as we too are being patient—thank you!

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the vaccine work?

The currently available vaccines are 94-95% effective at preventing COVID illness.

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.

Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19!

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.