COVID-19 Vaccine

Erie County COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Updated May 13, 2021

All Pennsylvanians ages 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.

*Note that at this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for those ages 12 to 17.

What You Should Know

  • All COVID-19 vaccines are FREE!
  • You do NOT need to have insurance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Immigration status will NOT be asked when you get your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To find COVID-19 providers near you:
    • text your ZIP Code to 438829 (English) or 822862 (Spanish), standard text messaging fees may apply
    • visit vaccines.gov
    • call 1-800-232-0233

Information about Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

Information Following Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine


The Erie County Department of Health is currently partnering with the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging and AHN St. Vincent to conduct COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

Erie County Department of Health Mobile Clinic

  • Saturday, July 31: 12 to 3 p.m. at the Lake City Fire Department, 2232 Rice Ave., Lake City
  • Tuesday, Aug. 3: 5 to 8 p.m. at Corry National Night Out, City Park, Corry
  • Friday, Aug. 6: 5 to 7 p.m. at Dan Rice Days Festival, Main St. West, Girard

AHN/St. Vincent

LECOM Institute for Successful Aging

How Can I Help?

  • I want to provide COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The Medical Reserve Corps is dedicated to helping the community strengthen public health initiatives. Our volunteers are ready to deploy anywhere there is a need for medical and non-medical volunteers. If you or your organization is in need of volunteers, please fill out Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer request form and the MRC Coordinator will be in touch.
  • I would like to volunteer at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
  • If you know a senior without internet access who needs assistance getting the vaccine, please contact the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC). GECAC can help seniors confirm if they qualify for the vaccine, locate a doctor, and set up an appointment.
    • Contact GECAC’s Senior Helpline at 814-459-4581, ext. 400.

CDC Fact Sheet About COVID-19 Vaccines

Frequently Asked Questions

  • COVID-19 General Vaccine FAQ: Updated June 4, 2021
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Safety FAQ: Updated June 4, 2021
  • I received the vaccine, what next?
    • The COVID vaccine provides protection from the virus. However, it is still important that we continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic and keep Erie County safe.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering (mask)
      • Stay at least 6 feet away from those you don’t live with
      • Avoid crowds
      • Practice good health habits such as washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and wiping down high-touch surfaces
      • Download the COVID Alert PA mobile app
  • Public Health Communications Collaborative FAQ

Vaccine Safety Information

  • The first thing you should do if you believe you have, or are currently experiencing, a bad reaction to the COVID-19 vaccination is to contact your healthcare provider. You can then report the adverse event using the following tools:
    • Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
      • VAERS is a national system that collects data on adverse events that happen after a vaccination.
      • An adverse event can be reported to this system online or using a fill-able PDF form.
      • If you need additional help submitting a report, you can email info@VAERS.org or call 1-800-822-7967.
    • CDC V-Safe App
      • “V-safe” is a new smartphone-based tool from the CDC that will check in on your health after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. You will receive instructions on how to enroll after receiving the vaccine.
      • Register for v-safe.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for three COVID-19 vaccines:

Additional Resources