COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine: Finding a Provider, Booster Shot Updates and Education

We hope that you are staying healthy and safe. Highmark Wholecare is reaching out with updates about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe – much safer than getting COVID-19. The vaccines are also effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19 and limiting the spread of the virus that causes it. This is according to the CDC.

Bottom Line: They are an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attend one of the "Power Hour and Cut to the Chase" vaccine clinics now through March 6, 2022 (Video)

Learn more about vaccine safety from the CDC here.

All Pennsylvania adults are eligible to be vaccinated. So are adolescents ages 12-17.

If you have not yet received a vaccination, we have a dose ready for you. It is critical that as many people as possible get vaccinated. The vaccine is free. You will not pay any out of pocket costs.

Some vaccines require two doses. Don’t forget your second dose, if required!

(!) Updates Regarding Booster Shots for At-Risk Individuals  
A booster shot may also be recommended if you have completed the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series.

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are recommended for select groups who received the completed Pfizer vaccine series. Booster shots are now available for the following Pfizer vaccine recipients who received their second dose at least 6 months ago:

  • 65 years and older
  • 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • 18+ who work in high-risk settings
  • 18+ who live in high-risk settings

Check with your doctor to see if a booster shot is right for you at this time.

Read more about booster shot eligibility here.

Search for Vaccine Providers and Pharmacies
Click on the links below to search for vaccine providers. Sites work best using a Chrome browser.

General search tools

Hospital networks


Government resources

Need a ride to your appointment?
Check with us to see if you qualify for transportation assistance. Call:

  • 1-800-392-1147 (Medicaid)
  • 1-800-685-5209 (Medicare)

TTY users call 711.

Homebound Members – Additional Assistance is Available from Highmark Wholecare
Homebound members can contact Highmark Wholecare directly if they require any assistance with getting the vaccine. Please use the phone numbers below. Members can also call 211 to connect with local resources or their local Area Agency on Aging.

  • 1-800-392-1147 (Medicaid)
  • 1-800-685-5209 (Medicare)

TTY users call 711.

Vaccine information is changing frequently. Keep up with the latest news from the CDC and PA Department of Health. Click on the links below: 

AHN Educational Videos
Want to learn more about the vaccine? Check out these educational videos.

COVID-19 and the Vaccine: The Basics

COVID-19, the Vaccine, and Pregnancy

The COVID-19 Vaccine: What African-Americans Should Know

Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Additional Resources from Our Provider Partners Across the State

Wholecare Resources
The Wholecare Resource Center is a way to search for community support resources. The tool is free to use. Visit The Wholecare Resource Center

You can find food, housing and transportation resources. You can also search for employment and mental health support programs. Many programs are available for free. Some are available at a reduced cost.

You can also call Member Services at:

  • 1-800-392-1147 (Medicaid)
  • 1-800-685-5209 (Medicare)

TTY users call 711.

Thank you and stay safe.

This information is issued on behalf of Highmark Wholecare, coverage by Gateway Health Plan, which is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Highmark Wholecare serves a Medicaid plan to Blue Shield members in 13 counties in central Pennsylvania, as well as, to Blue Cross Blue Shield members in 27 counties in western Pennsylvania. Highmark Wholecare serves Medicare Dual Special Needs plans (D-SNP) to Blue Shield members in 14 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, 12 counties in central Pennsylvania, 5 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, and to Blue Cross Blue Shield members in 27 counties in western Pennsylvania.

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