Last week, President Biden announced a bold goal to make every American adult eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. Pennsylvania is taking aggressive steps to meet this timeline. One way we are improving vaccine distribution is by sending larger quantities of vaccines to fewer providers. This helps concentrate doses with providers that can get it out to as many people as possible.
Additionally, the Wolf Administration and the bi-partisan COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced new efforts to get more people vaccinated. They include:
scheduling appointments for all Pennsylvanians in Phase 1A by the end of March,
establishing regional vaccination clinics
creating more special vaccination initiatives to protect frontline and essential workers.
With time and patience, every Pennsylvanian who wants a vaccine will get one.
Free Transportation to Vaccine Appointments
As our communities prepare to open mass vaccination sites, transportation should not be a barrier to getting a vaccine. Public transit, often free or subsidized for older adults and people with disabilities, is available in every county.
Our shared ride programs and fixed-route public transit systems offer accessible transportation. Free transportation to vaccinations is currently available in at least 39 counties for qualifying individuals.
Restaurants, Bars, and Events to Increase Capacity on April 4
On April 4, some restrictions on restaurants, bars, gyms, and other businesses will be lifted. This is happening thanks to Pennsylvanians who have stepped up and done their part to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
may resume bar service
alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food and the curfew for alcohol sales will be lifted
Restaurants that do not self-certify may raise capacity to 50 percent
Other businesses with restricted indoor capacity, including personal services facilities, gyms, and entertainment facilities (casinos, theatres, malls), will also be raised to 75 percent occupancy
Indoor events will be able to have 25 percent of maximum occupancy
Outdoor events will be allowed to have 50 percent occupancy
These updates remind us that with continued mask wearing, social-distancing, and increased vaccinations, we can celebrate small victories and defeat the virus.
Question of the Week
If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get a vaccine?
Yes. You should get a vaccine even if you already had COVID-19 and got better. We don't know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.