COVID-19: What LGBT People Need to Know

LGBT people are likely worried about the potential impact of COVID-19 on their health. People at particular risk should talk to their health providers about their options for protecting themselves from infection.

Updated September 27, 2021

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, known as the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, now marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir'-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.


Where can I get vaccinated?

1. Vaccine appointments are available through Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Everyone 12 and older is eligible and you have more options than ever to get your vaccine.

2. COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being held at the Allentown Health Bureau, 245 N. 6th Street in Allentown. Everyone ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Fridays from 9:00-11:00 AM and 1:00-3:00 PM
  • Walk-ins welcome. No appointment necessary
  • Moderna, Pfizer and J & J vaccine are available

For the location of additional vaccination centers that have been trained on LGBT-competency, email [email protected]. OR to find the COVID-19 vaccine site nearest to you, text your zip code to 438829. You will be given locations of the three nearest vaccination sites and information on childcare and transportation OR visit Vaccines.gov


Who should get a third dose (booster vaccine)?

As of September 24th 2021, CDC recommends:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

These recommendations only apply to people who previously received a Pfizer primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine). Talk to your healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer's COVID-19 booster shot is appropriate for you.

1. 3rd dose patients can make an appointment through my MyLVHN or 610-402-CARE. It will be offered at all LVHN hospital-based clinics and stand-alone locations like those in Whitehall and Palmer townships. Patients who received their initial doses through LVHN will be contacted by them regarding a 3rd dose if they meet the criteria in any way. Learn more about those locations at LVHN.org/vaccines

2. The Allentown Health Bureau is administering third COVID vaccinations, by appointment only, to individuals who have a note from their physician confirming that they are in one of the CDC currently approved categories. Appointments can be made by calling 610-437-7760 ext. 0. These vaccinations will be given at the Allentown Health Bureau at 245 N. 6th Street, Allentown, PA 18102. 

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Where can I get tested?

Through the work of a number of entities, testing is accessible for Pennsylvanians. As entities such as pharmacies offer testing (some still require symptoms), more Pennsylvanians can get tested close to home. 

Use THIS MAP to find the closest testing site to you. Some sites are only testing their specific patients, while others are open to the general public, but you may still need to schedule an appointment. Click on the testing site on the map to see more details.

You can also view the AMI public testing sites that are being held in five regions across PA.


What is Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center doing?

Our organization prioritizes health promotion and health equity for the LGBT community, so we are taking COVID-19 seriously and are taking the following precautionary measures:


Mental Health Resources during COVID-19:

This time can be very hard for so many of us. When you may need them, please reach out to these resources below. They are very helpful to many of us.

RELATED RESOURCES: 

MORE INFORMATION: 

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has produced videos featuring drag performer Mandy Mango to help keep our community informed:

Safe brunching / happy hours during COVID-19

Sexual health during COVID-19

Information on this page is provided in partnership with the National LGBT Cancer Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network. Additional support provided by CDC Foundation.

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