Getting Vaccinated

Penn Cares COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

The clinic is now open by appointment only in the Gimbel Gymnasium at the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, 3701 Walnut Street. Vaccines are being administered to eligible University faculty, staff, postdocs, and students according to the phased approach outlined by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). Current guidelines encourage initial access to older and more vulnerable populations

Vaccine appointments are still available, so please schedule a time to get vaccinated if you are eligible at this time. Individuals eligible to be vaccinated should check regularly for open appointments throughout the week as vaccine availability may increase. 

Check below to see if you are eligible to be vaccinated and the process to schedule an appointment. For details about PDPH phases visit the Vaccinations website

Doctor Holding Vaccine Vial

Current Eligibility

The following Phase 1c populations are now eligible to be vaccinated. Individuals must be a Philadelphia resident, as this is the current PDPH guideline. 

Part-time and full-time faculty, staff, and postdocs

Retired and emeritus faculty

Third-party workers and those living in on-campus housing currently eligible for Penn Cares testing

Temporary Workers



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Exterior of Pottruck Health and Fitness Center

Student Eligibility Starting April 19

Beginning April 19, students will be eligible to be vaccinated. Below are the guidelines:

Students are exempt from meeting the permanent PDPH residency requirement.

Students must commit to taking both vaccine doses.

Penn will vaccinate students who reside in the area and not taking classes over the summer.

Penn will vaccinate recent graduates (Class of 2021). 

If you are a student and have already received your COVID-19 vaccine, please click on the button below to follow the instructions to upload your vaccine documentation. 

Upload Vaccine Documentation

How to Schedule a Vaccine Appointment

  • Go to
  • Click on the "Schedule Test or Vaccination" button on the homepage 
  • Select "Schedule Vaccination"
  • Read and accept consent to vaccinate
  • Select "Participant" and follow the instructions to schedule your vaccine appointments
  • Be sure to select Gimbel Pottruck location


When scheduling your first appointment, you must select a day and time for your second dose. You will receive an email confirmation. A reminder email will be sent one day prior to your appointments. The vaccines amdinistered will be selected by PDPH based on available supply. As a result, it will not be possible to choose which vacine you will receive. 

If you need assistance scheduling an appointment, please contact the COVID Resource Call Center at 215-573-7096 or email

For more information on scheduling your vaccine appointment, review the COVID-19 Scheduling tip sheet

On the Day of Your Appointment

You will be required to show your PennCard and a Green PennOpen Pass.

You must wear a face mask and practice physical distancing. 

If you have mobility issues or require language assistance, you can bring a companion to the appointment to support your needs. Your companion is not permitted to be vaccinated. 

Appointments will include a 15-minute observation period after the vaccination.

For more information on how to prepare for getting vaccinated, review the COVID-19 Scheduling tip sheet

Ready to Get Your Shot?

Clinical studies show that vaccines are safe and will protect individuals from developing serious illness if they contract the virus. However, some people experience what has been called vaccine hesitancy. 

A Penn Today article, Understanding and addressing barriers to COVID vaccine acceptance, explores how different communities feel about getting their shot. Click the button below to read the story. 

For more vaccine resources, visit the Vaccinations website

Barriers to Vaccine Acceptance

Explore Other Options for a Vaccine

Explore all options for obtaining a vaccine. Check your appropriate county and/or state government websites and other resources for information on vaccine availability.  

Pennsylvania Department of Health

New Jersey Department of Health 

Delaware Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccine Finder

National Public Radio Vaccine Tool

NBC News Plan Your Vaccine