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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

* Page Last Updated: September 27, 2021

To schedule your appointment, CLICK HERE.

Excela Health is currently offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Moderna vaccine is available for anyone over the age of 18 and the Pfizer vaccine is available for individuals age 12 years and older. In order to make your immunization experience as efficient as possible, a vaccination appointment is recommended.


Booster Doses

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations, Excela Health will provide COVID-19 boosters for those who have received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • 65 years of age and older
  • 18 to 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
  • 18 to 64 years of age with an occupation that puts them at high risk of occupational exposure to COVID-19.

At this time only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved to be give as a booster dose.

To schedule your Pfizer booster, CLICK HERE.


Third Dose Available for Immunocompromised Vaccinated Individuals.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations, Excela Health offers a third vaccine dose to those people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised. This dose can be administered at least four weeks (28 days) after an initial two dose mRnA series and should be the same type of vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) that was initially received. If you are unsure if you need a third dose, please contact your physician.

To schedule your Pfizer or Moderna third dose, CLICK HERE.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Individuals 12 Years of Age and Older

Excela Health is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to those age 12 and older. We are also offering the Pfizer third dose, currently approved for use in those who are immunocompromised and are 12 and older, at least 28 days after their second dose. Please contact your physician if you have specific questions.

To schedule a vaccine appointment for someone 12 and older, CLICK HERE.

If you do not have computer access you may schedule an appointment by dialing 724-689-1690between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please note that this phone line WILL NOT ACCEPT MESSAGES or make return calls to individuals requesting information or appointments.

The Excela Health Vaccine Clinic (Norwin location) is located at 8885 Norwin Avenue, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 (formerly Galaxy Fitness).

Click here to view a map of the Excela Square at Norwin plaza.

REQUIRED PAPERWORK: An immunization consent form will need to be completed by everyone wishing to receive a vaccine. Anyone under 18 must have their consent form filled out by a parent or guardian. To print and fill out the authorization form, click here. Parents and guardians may accompany their children under age 18 to the clinic but are not required to do so provided the child brings a completed authorization form. All individuals (including children) receiving vaccination should bring a state-issued ID as well astheir medical/prescription insurance to the clinic if available. There is no out of pocket cost to anyone receiving the vaccine (regardless of whether they have insurance). Anyone presenting without an insurance card will still receive a vaccine.


How to Schedule an Appointment

To schedule your appointment, CLICK HERE.

Please fill out the scheduling information in its entirety. You will receive an email once you schedule, confirming your appointment date and time.

What happens next?

  • Once you have scheduled an appointment for the first dose of vaccine, you will be automatically scheduled for the second dose.
  • Individuals receiving a third dose or a booster dose of the immunization will only be scheduled for one appointment. If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, you must cancel your appointment.
  • On the day of your appointment, you will need to present to the vaccine clinic with your insurance/Medicare cards and driver’s license /official picture ID in order to validate your identity and age.
  • For a second dose, third dose or booster appointment, please bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Card.

Please do not call our facilities or your Excela provider office to schedule an appointment. Utilize the link or phone number above.


PA COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets for COVID-19 Vaccine:


To view the Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to Prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Individuals 18 Years of Age and Older, click here.

To view the Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine to Prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Individuals 12 Years of Age and Older, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I am not able to make my second appointment. How do I reschedule?
Answer: The current system will not allow you to reschedule your second appointment. Once you have received your first shot, if unable to make the scheduled appointment you may present at the Excela Vaccine Center during another clinic day in the future to receive your vaccine as long as you received the first vaccine from Excela. Please call to verify the hours of the Vaccine Center at 724-689-1690.

Question: What vaccine are you giving?
Answer: At this time, Excela health administers the Moderna and the Pfizer vaccines.

Question: When will my second dose be due?
Answer: For the Moderna vaccine, it is recommended that you receive your second dose four weeks after your initial dose. For the Pfizer vaccine, it is recommended that you receive your second dose three weeks after your initial dose.

Question: If I need a third dose due to being moderately or severely immunocompromised, when should I schedule that?
Answer: If you are in need of a third dose due to being moderately or severely immunocompromised, it should be scheduled no earlier than 28 days after your second dose.

People are often moderately to severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition, or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. This includes people who have:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of a solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

Question: If I am immunocompromised and want a third dose - do I need a doctor’s note or prescription?
Answer: A physician order is not required. Immunocompromised individuals may self request a vaccine. If you have any questions, please discuss with their health care provider whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. This will help ensure there are not additional barriers to access for this vulnerable population receiving a needed additional dose. CDC is providing further information regarding vaccine administration to immunocompromised individuals to states, pharmacies, health centers, and all vaccine providers. Please bring your COVID Vaccination Card so your third dose can be documented.

Question: When am I eligible for a booster dose?
Answer: Only individuals who received Pfizer are eligible for a booster dose at this time. You are eligible for a booster dose if you have received your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago and meet one of the following criteria:

  • 65 years of age and older
  • 18 to 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
  • 18 to 64 years of age with an occupation that puts them at high risk of occupational exposure to COVID-19.

Question: If I want my booster shot - do I need a doctor’s note or prescription?
Answer: A physician order is not required. Please bring your COVID Vaccination Card so your booster dose can be documented.

Question: Can I get my flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine shot on the same day?
Answer: Yes. The CDC offers the following information regarding administering both influenza and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit:

“If a patient is eligible, both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same visit, without regard to timing as recommended by CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP). If a patient is due for both vaccines, providers are encouraged to offer both vaccines at the same visit. Coadministration of all recommended vaccines is important because it increases the probability that people will be fully vaccinated. It is also an important part of immunization practice if a health care provider is uncertain that a patient will return for additional doses of vaccine.” Learn more

Question: Can I just walk-in to the clinic or must I have an appointment?
Answer: An appointment is recommended. Walk-ins will be vaccinated as well.

Question: Can I call the Vaccine Registration Line to ask my questions about COVID or vaccination?
Answer: The Vaccine Registration Line is only able to schedule appointments. You will need to call your primary care provider or access the PA Department of Health or CDC websites for additional information regarding both the COVID-19 virus and the vaccines.

Question: Do I need to receive the same brand of vaccine each time?
Answer: It is recommended that you receive your first, second and third (if needed) dose of the same type. If you are unable to find a site offering your type of vaccine, it is recommended that you receive a vaccine of any type instead of not being vaccinated.

Question: I have had COVID and am now asymptomatic. Can I still receive a vaccine and make an appointment?
Answer: Yes, it recommended that even if you have had COVID that you are vaccinated. You need to wait until you are asymptomatic before being vaccinated.

Question: I was recently diagnosed with COVID. Can I still come for my vaccine?
Answer: You MAY NOT present for a vaccine while still in quarantine for COVID. Once you are asymptomatic, you should schedule an appointment to be vaccinated. Any questions should be discussed with your provider.

Question: What are the most common side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Answer: After getting vaccinated, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot. In addition, you may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Question: Do I still need to wear a mask after I’ve been vaccinated?
Answer: Yes. To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often

Question: How long does protection from COVID-19 last?
Answer: We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice. Experts are working to learn more about both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

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