Covid-19 Vaccine Information

UPMC Offering Vaccines

As of 4-8-2021

Many UPMC sites, including Hamot Hospital in Erie, are offering vaccines.  To register, go to or call 844-UPMCVAC (844-876-2822) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Helpful Resources to Discuss the Covid-19 Vaccine

ASAN, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, has produced an easy-to-understand fact sheet that may be a helpful resource to discuss the Covid-19 vaccine with family members.

Vaccine information for Individuals Without Internet Access

--As of 2-2-2021--

The Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Human Services has provided resources relating to the COVID-19 vaccine for those with limited or no internet access. The following services are available to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, including locating a healthcare provider, by phone:

  • If an individual does not have support to help access appropriate COVID-19 vaccine and healthcare provider information, they are encouraged to call the PA Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258
  • Persevere PA is a COVID-19 crisis hotline designed to link callers with counselors to assist with the mental health impacts of COVID-19. They can also assist a caller in finding a healthcare provider to administer the vaccine when their corresponding phase arrives. Call Persevere PA at 1-855-284-2494
  • When arranging for an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing to receive information via telephone, PA Relay Services are available by dialing 711.

No Charge for Covid Vaccine

As of 1-21-2021

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the two forms of the vaccine approved by the Food & Drug Administration, are administered free of charge.  Persons may be asked for their health insurance or Medicare cards, but anyone without health care coverage can still receive the vaccine.

For updates on how many doses of vaccine are being distributed, visit the CDC tracker:

Vaccine Presentation

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information

As of 12-31-2020

The first vaccine to fight Covid 19 has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is being distributed across the country.  This vaccine, along with several others still being reviewed, holds great hope for reducing the spread of infection and helping us begin to return to normal.

There are many questions about the vaccines, as well as who can access them and when. The Barber National Institute Infection Control Committee is committed to providing our employees and families with accurate information that we are receiving from the Centers for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other reliable sources. 

First, it is important to note that the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health prioritized those at high risk to receive the first doses of vaccine as they become available. This Phase 1A distribution includes residents of residential group homes and the direct care staff who support the residents. Although we don’t know when vaccines will be available for this group, we will update staff and families as we receive more information.

We will provide information that we hope will be helpful as employees make decisions about the vaccine for themselves and their family.  To help achieve this goal, updates will be provided on this area of the employee portal as well as our Covid information page on our website.

Helpful resources from the CDC:

Information from the PA Dept. of Health:

Information from the PA Dept. of Health, which includes that it has no plans to make the vaccine mandatory (even for persons working in congregate settings:

Information regarding Pennsylvania schools:

Answers About the COVID-19 Vaccine

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