Nov 9, 2021 - COVID
Deadline to get fully vaccinated in time for holidays nears
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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The clock is ticking for those looking to gain some COVID-19 immunity ahead of the holidays, Philadelphia health officials recently warned.

What to know: The deadline to get the first shot in time to be fully vaccinated before upcoming family gatherings is approaching.

Important dates:

  • Thanksgiving: Must get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Thursday. (It's too late for the other two.)
  • Hanukkah: J&J by Nov. 14.
  • Christmas: Moderna is needed by Nov. 13, Pfizer by Nov. 20 and J&J by Dec. 11.
  • Kwanzaa: Moderna by Nov. 14, Pfizer by Nov. 21, and J&J by Dec. 12.

Of note: It's unlikely children will be able to get fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving or Hanukkah, but Christmas and Kwanzaa are still a realistic goal for some.

  • Kids ages 5-11 are only eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech's pediatric vaccine, which received federal approval last week. It requires the second dose to be given three weeks after the first.

Find vaccination sites on the city's website.

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