The COVID-19 Vaccine is Currently Available
All individuals age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. Tower Health offers COVID-19 vaccination by appointment and walk-in (Muhlenberg, PA clinic). An appointment guarantees you will receive a vaccine.
Individuals age 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This age group will receive the Pfizer vaccine, as that is currently the only vaccine approved by the FDA for people under 18 years of age.
For any individual who does not have access to technology and wants to schedule a vaccine appointment, please call 484-659-3000 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effectiveTower Health is administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. While you will not be able to choose which vaccine you will receive, both have been proven safe and effective by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
There is currently no guidance recommending one vaccine over the other based on health status or risk profile. The specific vaccine manufacturer offered daily is determined by what vaccine is available on the day of your appointment. You are unable to select a specific vaccine manufacturer during the scheduling process.
The current Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for full protection. Upon receiving a first dose, we will schedule your appointment for the second vaccine dose.
Next Steps – While You Await a Vaccine Appointment
If you receive a COVID-19 vaccine from another healthcare provider, please cancel your vaccination appointment with us so someone else can use your appointment spot. Appointments with Tower Health can be canceled through your MyTowerHealth account. We are committed to continuing vaccinations to meet the needs of our community, and we appreciate your patience while we work together to accomplish this goal.
Covid-19 Vaccine Administration Fee
There is no out-of-pocket cost for you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, please bring your health insurance card with you to your vaccine appointment. Tower Health will bill your insurer for an administration fee for both vaccine doses. You will not be responsible for vaccination charges not covered by your insurance. If you do not have insurance, we will not charge you an administration fee.
Vaccines and COVID-19 Safety
The COVID-19 vaccine is another tool to help the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it does not mean the pandemic is over or ending. Positive COVID-19 cases continue in our region and across the country. Reducing the spread of the virus will enable to vaccine to do its work faster, making it crucial to continue:
- Wearing a mask in public
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Washing your hands
- Practicing proper social distancing
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
- Avoiding touching your face
How Vaccines Work
A vaccine stimulates the body’s immune system to produce antibodies and cellular immunity to combat a disease. This helps people develop immunity to that disease without getting the disease first. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves vaccines when they are effective and safe for use, and monitors the ongoing safety along with the CDC.
Safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines are a critical component to reduce COVID-19-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.
The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the FDA under Emergency Use Authorization and are being distributed to hospitals across the United States and across the world. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 95 percent effective at preventing COVID-19, while the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has shown a 66 percent effectiveness. Other vaccines are in different stages of development from AstraZeneca, Inovio, and Novavax.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use novel messenger-RNA (mRNA) technology, which uses genetic material to cause the body to create a protein from the virus. The immune system then recognizes the virus and attacks it. It does not alter your DNA in any way. Both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines require two doses—both are critical for full protection from the virus. Pfizer’s doses are administered 21 days apart, while Moderna’s are administered 28 days apart.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine, which uses a weakened, harmless, and non-infectious virus to deliver instructions to cells. The cells then produce a piece of the virus that causes COVID-19, triggering the body’s immune system to recognize these pieces. In response, the immune system produces antibodies and activates other immune cells. This process trains the body to fight a future infection of COVID-19.
All vaccines are most effective two weeks after the last dose is administered.