How, Where, and Why to Get the Covid Booster

Recently, the FDA and CDC approved booster shots for everyone ages 12 and up. The third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is to be given 5 months after the first two doses for people under 18 and 6 months after for people 18 and up. For ages 18 and up, you may get a booster from any vaccine provider, regardless of which provider you got your initial two shots from. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are highly recommended for booster shots. However, for people under 18, only Pfizer has been approved. 

Why are boosters recommended? As the Omicron variant caused a spike in COVID cases, the primary way to slow the spread and lessen symptoms is through receiving all 3 shots. Even if you have already had COVID, it is still crucial to be fully protected. After about 7 days post-vaccination, the booster starts to become highly effective in preventing serious sickness. 

This third shot is the same makeup as the first two shots. Meaning, if you received two Pfizer shots initially, the third is the exact same. Everyone reacts differently to the shot as with any vaccine. You may experience a few symptoms such as a sore arm, tiredness, and fever. While serious symptoms are rare, they are possible. You can also take preventative measures by staying hydrated and rested prior to getting the shot. 

There are many different sites and local pharmacies that are taking vaccine appointments. You can also find appointments available near your zip code here. Here are some locations with walk-in hours:

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Tues 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Health Center 3 Annex 4219 Chester Ave., 19104 

Berks Street Annex 2001 W. Berks St., 19121

Health Center 6 Annex 301 W. Girard Ave., 19123

Health Center 10 Annex 2230 Cottman Ave., 19149 *it is suggested to call the health centers prior to arrival even though it is a walk-in

Every day 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Rite Aid *must bring adult if under 18

Director of Upper School Chris Singler says, “If students schedule a booster during the school day, they should have a parent or guardian email [email protected] with the day and the time and it will be treated as an excused absence, just like any other doctor’s appointment.”