COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution at Tower Health
In accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) guidelines, Tower Health is committed to helping ensure the safe administration of COVID-19 vaccines to members of our community.
- All Tower Health vaccinations are administered by appointment only.
The availability of vaccination appointments depends on the supply of vaccines provided to Tower Health by the State of Pennsylvania.
- Tower Health is scheduling vaccine appointments via our MyTowerHealth patient portal only.
If you know someone who does not have access to technology and they want to schedule a vaccine appointment, please ask them to call 484-659-3000, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. This phone number is only for consumers without technology.
Please do not contact Tower Health doctors or hospitals about vaccinations. Tower Health physician practices do not have vaccine and cannot make COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
How to receive a vaccine from Tower Health:
Create a MyTowerHealth Account
Vaccine appointments from Tower Health are only available to individuals with a MyTowerHealth account.
- Please create a MyTowerHealth account if you do not already have one.
Complete the Vaccine Interest Form
Tower Health has launched a COVID Vaccine Interest Form so you can register your interest in receiving the vaccine from Tower Health.
- You need to log into your MyTowerHealth account to access the Vaccine Interest form found on the side menu. Even if you have an existing MyTowerHealth account, you will need to complete the Vaccine Interest Form.
Once you have completed the survey, you will be registered to receive a MyTowerHealth notification when vaccine appointments are available for you per Department of Health guidelines.
You can complete the Vaccine Interest Form at any time, but vaccine appointments will only be made available to you according to State guidelines. You can learn more about the State’s eligibility guidelines by visiting the Department of Health. Appointment availability also depends on how much vaccine the State provides Tower Health.
- 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.
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.
Next Steps – While You Await a Vaccine Appointment
The availability of vaccine and Department of Health guidelines are subject to change. While you await a vaccination appointment with Tower Health, you may want to check for vaccine appointment availability with other vaccine providers. Tower Health is pleased to serve you, but getting the vaccine sooner, within the State’s guidelines, is more important than where you get the vaccine.
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.
Vaccines and the COVID-19 Surge
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 to increase 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
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
- Avoiding touching your face
- Avoiding large crowds
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 and Moderna 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. Both vaccines are 95 percent effective at preventing COVID-19. Other vaccines in different stages of development are from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, 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. 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.