York County COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Pennsylvania is currently following a phased roll-out plan for the COVID-19 as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Use our guide below for information about the vaccine in York County.

How to Get Vaccinated

Pennsylvania is currently in the Phase 1A of the phased roll-out plan determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. (x)

Visit this page to determine if you are eligible by answering a few questions.

  • Phase 1A
    • Healthcare and EMS workers
    • Residents & staff of long-term care facility residents
    • People age 65 & older
    • Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions: Cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, heart condition, immunocompromised state, obesity, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Phase 1B
    • Persons receiving home & community based services
    • First responders
    • Correctional officers
    • Food and agricultural workers
    • USPS workers
    • Manufacturing workers
    • Grocery store workers
    • Education workers
    • Clergy & support for houses of worship
    • Public transit workers
    • Individuals caring for children/adults in early day programs
  • Phase 1C
    • Essential workers
      • Transportation & logistics
      • Water & wastewater
      • Food service
      • Housing construction
      • Finance
      • Legal services
      • Information technology
      • Communications
      • Energy
      • Legal services
      • Government workers
      • Media
      • Public safety
      • Public health workers
    • Phase 2
      • Anyone 16 and older who wants to be vaccinated
        • With no contraindication to the vaccine


Due to the high demand for COVID-19 vaccines, many health providers ask that you schedule an appointment to receive your vaccine.
As a reminder, check your eligibility through the questionnaire on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

WellSpan patients should use their MyWellSpan account to see available scheduling options. To scheduled without a primary care provider or MyWellSpan account, please call the COVID-19 hotline (855) 851-3641. Hold times are expected to be longer than usual. (x)

Family First Health is finalizing plans for the vaccination of their patients that meet the criteria for the phased roll-out of the vaccine under Phase 1A, as described by the PA Department of Health. Their plan seeks to offer the vaccines at all of their sites by coordinating with the PA Dept of Health to ensure their supply. Stay updated with news of the coming vaccination plan, here on their website.

UPMC patients, who meet the current criteria, may visit the UPMC Vaccine Webpage to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. For those who do not have access to online services or technology, please call 844-UPMCVAC (844-876-2822) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m, seven days a week. A high call volume is expected on this line. Patients are encouraged to keep this option open to those who need it most and use the online registration process if they are able.

Please remember the COVID-19 vaccine is administered in two doses. You are not considered vaccinated until after your second dose from your vaccination provider.

Find vaccine providers using an interactive map here.


Before, During, and After Your Vaccination (Source)

  • Before
    • Discuss with your health care provider whether the vaccine is right for you
    • Check the phased roll-out plan to see if the COVID-19 vaccine is available for you
    • If so, make an appointment to get vaccinated
    • Stay home as much as possible to avoid exposure to COVID-19
    • Follow safety guidelines such as wearing a mask, socially distancing, and washing your hands often
    • Learn about the different types of COVID-19 vaccines and learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated
  • During
    • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while going to get the vaccine
    • You will receive a vaccination card that reports the date and location of where you received the vaccine. A reminder card for the second dose and a vaccine fact sheet will also be given.
    • You will be monitored on site after you receive your vaccination to watch for any reaction.
  • After
    • You should get your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine even if you have side effects after the first one, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
    • Read about common side effects of the vaccine from the CDC, here


WellSpan is currently looking for clinical and non-clinical volunteers and employees to staff their Community COVID-19 Vaccination Sites.  Visit their site for more information on how you can be a part of WellSpan’s Hope Squad to unite the community in the fight against COVID-19 –

WellSpan FAQ 
PA Dept of Health FAQ 


Vaccine Data
Find updated statistics about the number of people vaccinated in each county in the Commonwealth, here


Additional Links

For Medicaid and CHIP Recipients:

The state’s Medicaid program, Medical Assistance (MA) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will cover COVID-19 testing and treatment. There are no MA or CHIP copayments for COVID-19 lab tests. For the services with copayments, MA providers may not deny services if the beneficiary is unable to pay the copayment. Prior authorization is not required for COVID-19 testing when a healthcare practitioner determines it is needed. MA and CHIP programs cover a broad range of services that will relieve the symptoms experienced, further noting that there is no antiviral treatment for COVID-19.

For further questions on the services offered, providers and patients can visit the Medicaid FAQ and CHIP FAQ.
If you are a UPMC Patient, click here to find a provider, and learn more about services through UPMC.

Health Insurance Options for affected employees during COVID-19


  • Special Enrollment Periods (SEP) through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are available to consumers and their families who experience various life changes, including the loss of employer-sponsored health care coverage. Anyone who has recently been laid off from work can continue their insurance they had with their employers or purchase new insurance through the Affordable Care Act. To connect with a navigator to learn more about the ACA, contact Family First Health’s, Patient Navigation & Enrollment Services Department at 717-845-8617, and select option 6.
  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) allows affected employees to keep their health insurance coverage after being laid off, or loss of coverage as the dependent of a covered employee. If an individual elects COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) coverage, they are required to pay 100 percent of the premiums, including the share the employer used to pay, plus a small administrative fee.

If anyone is currently uninsured, they can visit to see if they qualify for medical assistance.

As Governor Wolf says “No Pennsylvanian should forego testing for any reason, if deemed medically necessary, including fear of what it might cost.”

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