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+

At least one dose:
271,078— 82.7% (12/1)

Fully vaccinated:
202,018 — 61.6% (12/1)

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.

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Walk-up Community Vaccine Clinics

December Vaccine Clinic Calendar >

Pfizer (ages 5+), Moderna (18+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+)

*Third doses for auto-immune patients, boosters and the pediatric Pfizer vaccine also available based on supply.

Mondays —  838 Penn St., Reading:  9 AM - 3 PM

Thursdays  —  1110 Rockland St., Reading: 9 AM - 3 PM

Saturday, Dec. 4 —  1110 Rockland St., Reading: 8:30 AM - 2 PM

Wednesday, Dec. 8 —  1110 Rockland St., Reading: 9 AM - 3 PM

Saturday, Dec. 11 —  Conrad Weiser High School 

                                    44 Big Spring Road, Robesonia

                                    Testing and Vaccinations:  9 AM - 2 PM

Sunday, Dec. 12 — Olivet Boys & Girls Club - Oakbrook

                                 1161 Pershing Blvd., Reading:  9 AM - 1 PM

Wednesday, Dec. 15  —  1110 Rockland St., Reading: 9 AM - 3 PM

Saturday, Dec. 18 — Hope Rescue Mission

                                   645 N. 6th Street, Reading

                                   Testing and Vaccinations: 11 AM - 2 PM

Appointments available at the pharmacy Mon-Sat >

Pediatric Pfizer, third doses and boosters available 

Saturday, December 4 

Pediatric Pfizer and Boosters

Governor Mifflin Intermediate School 

600 Governor Drive, Shillington

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

Appointments available at the pharmacy Monday - Friday>

Third doses and boosters available

Pediatric Pfizer Second Dose Clinic:

Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Booster Clinics:

Sunday, December 12 

Boyertown Area Senior High School

120 Monroe Street, Boyertown

9 AM to 12 PM

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

All residents 5 years old and up are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer: Ages 5 and up      Moderna and Johnson & Johnson: Ages 18 and up

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. 

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]
 
 
 
 
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The Berks Cares Vaccine Center has reopened through a new public health partnership between the County of Berks and Penn State Health.

The Vaccine Center is now offering COVID-19 vaccine third doses and booster shots to eligible patients. Schedule an appointment today >