COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccine distribution is handled by licensed healthcare providers and pharmacies. The County of Berks cannot distribute nor determine who gets the vaccine, but officials are working closely with local health care providers as they continue to coordinate and communicate vaccine distribution efforts.

Updates will be posted here as they become available. 

In line with federal and state benchmarks, the County of Berks has set a goal of having 70% of residents 18 and older vaccinated. The thermometer shows our ongoing progress as based on data provided by the CDC.

 

Berks County COVID-19 vaccinations

GOAL:
229,200 residents 18+

Fully vaccinated:
210,271 — 64.2% (9/26)

At least one dose:
249,398 — 76.1% (9/26)

Distancing

Local Vaccine Opportunities

Please click on the images below to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment with Berks County's primary healthcare providers.

All three providers offer online registration forms for those interested in getting the vaccine.

Tower Health and Penn State Health - St Joseph have set up designated vaccine centers where they hold daily appointments. 

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Walk-up Community Vaccine Clinics

September Vaccine Clinic Calendar >

Mondays through Thursdays from 9 AM to 3 PM  

Pfizer (ages 12+), Moderna (18+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)

Mondays  —   838 Penn St., Reading

Tuesdays  —   430 N. 2nd St., Reading

Wednesdays —  1040 Liggett Ave., Reading

Thursdays  —   1110 Rockland St., Reading

Resources for individuals without technology:
  • Tower Health:
484-659-3000,
Mon-Fri, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM 
 
  • Penn State Health St. Joseph:
844-774-8883 
  • Department of Health:
Call 877-PA-HEALTH to speak with a representative

*Some vaccine providers have third doses available for individuals who are immunocompromised.

To find out the latest recommendations and information about third dose expansion, click here. 

All residents 12 years old and up are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine

The following chain pharmacies are also distributing COVID-19 vaccines, but appointments are limited due to supply.

Many of these providers open up small blocks of appointments on a daily basis, but the spots fill up quickly. 

Statewide Resources
For information about vaccine distribution throughout Pennsylvania, check out the following resources from the Department of Health and statewide volunteer efforts:

 The Department of Health is now using this tool to help individuals find a location where they can get vaccinated. 

The Department of Health releases weekly data about COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to providers. To access the spreadsheets, follow the link above.

This resource allows users to search for vaccine information by County. 

Volunteer-made database of vaccine availability on county-by-county basis

Why should you get Vaccinated?

The federal government has been working since the pandemic started to make COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. Two vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, were made available in December. The one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine was authorized for use in late February.

 

These vaccines have gone through the same routine processes and procedures that are in place for the authorization and approval for any vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.

  • Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.

  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.

  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help end the pandemic

  • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.

  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

  Learn more: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination [CDC]