The  Berks Cares Vaccine Center is now open with appointments available this week!

Schedule your free COVID-19 vaccine appointment today:

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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. Please understand this is a fluid operation and distribution depends on vaccine supply and availability of appointments. 

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Local Vaccine Opportunities

Berks Cares Vaccine Center

North Reading Plaza

5370 Allentown Pike, Muhlenberg Township

Now scheduling appointments from May 5-14:

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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. 

Please remain patient. All local vaccine providers are limited by the number of vaccines they receive from the PA Dept. of Health.

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Upcoming Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

Christ Lutheran Church, 1301 Luzerne St., Reading:

Walk-up vaccinations also available! 

Friday, May 7, 5-8 PM - Pfizer 

Olivet Boys' and Girls' Club, 330 S. 19th St., Reading:

Saturday, May 8, 10 AM-5 PM - Pfizer 

Currently offering weekday appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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More resources for individuals without access to 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

Wednesday, May 12 - 12 PM to 6 PM

Penn State Health St. Joseph Downtown Campus

Rear Entrance, 125 Reed Street, Reading

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Brought to you through the partnership and perseverance of: 

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health

  • Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center

  • Honorable Eddie Moran, Mayor, City of Reading

  • Rep. Manuel Guzman, 127th District

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The PA Department of Health has identified Vaccinate Lancaster, the community vaccination clinic at Park City Mall in Lancaster County, as the regional vaccination opportunity for Berks and other surrounding counties. Click on the button to learn more about Vaccinate Lancaster and to register for an appointment. 

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

All adults in Pennsylvania are now eligible to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Phase 1A (Currently eligible)


• Long-term care facility residents

Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
• Emergency medical service personnel
• Nurses
• Nursing assistants
• Physicians
• Dentists
• Dental hygienists
• Chiropractors
• Therapists
• Phlebotomists
• Pharmacists
• Technicians
• Pharmacy technicians
• Health professions students and trainees
• Direct support professionals
• Clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities
• Contractual HCP not directly employed by the health care facility
• Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients

• Persons ages 65 and older
Persons aged 16-64 with high risk conditions causing increased risk for severe disease:
• Cancer
• Chronic kidney disease
• COPD
• Down Syndrome
• Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
• Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
• Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
• Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
• Pregnancy
• Sickle cell disease
• Smoking
• Type 2 diabetes mellitus




Phase 1B (Currently eligible)


• People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as LTCF and persons receiving home and community-based services
• First responders
• Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
• Food and agricultural workers
• U.S. Postal Service workers
• Manufacturing workers
• Grocery store workers
• Education workers
• Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
• Public transit workers
• Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs




Phase 1C (Currently eligible)


Essential workers in these sectors:
• Transportation and logistics
• Water and wastewater
• Food service
• Housing construction
• Finance, including bank tellers
• Information technology
• Communications
• Energy, including nuclear reactors
• Legal services
• Federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff
• Media
• Public safety
• Public health workers




Phase 2 (Currently eligible)


​All individuals not previously covered who are 16 and older and do not have a contraindication to the vaccine (note that at this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech product is approved for those age 16 and 17)





Berks County Weekly COVID-19 Report 

Brian Gottschall, Director of Emergency Services, provides a weekly report on COVID-19 data and vaccine distribution in Berks County.

 

This presentation was part of the Berks County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 8, 2021.

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]