We are making significant progress distributing vaccines. More than 4.7 million doses have been administered across the state. Nearly a quarter of Pennsylvanians have received at least one vaccine dose, and more than 12% are fully vaccinated. While vaccine demand is still higher than supply, we are on track to meet the national goal of opening vaccine eligibility to include all adults by May 1.
We remain committed to getting everyone in Phase 1A scheduled and moving on to Phase 1B in early April.
The special initiative to get K-12 school staff vaccinated using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is ahead of schedule. We expect most school staff and teachers who want the vaccine to get theirs by the end of this month.
Updated Mask Guidance for Vaccinated People
The PA Department of Health has updated our mask guidance to follow the latest recommendations from the CDC.
If you’re fully vaccinated and you’re gathering with others who are also fully vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask or social distance. What that means from a practical standpoint is that if everyone is vaccinated, you can visit with friends and family.
You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second shot if you received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you're considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your single dose shot.
Research has shown that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and potentially less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. However, there is still more to learn about how long protection through vaccination lasts and whether vaccines will protect against new variants of the virus.
That means some prevention measures will continue to be in place for all people, regardless of their vaccination status. You must continue to wear a mask when you’re out in public, including when you visit a business. And if you’re ever in doubt, wear a mask just to be safe.
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.
Tell Your Family & Friends to Sign Up for Unite Against COVID Weekly Updates
The rollout of COVID-19 vaccine gives us hope, and a path back to our lives. We know there’s a lot of information out there, that’s why this email update was created to help you keep track of all the changes.
Please share it with your family and friends and encourage them to sign up for updates at PA.GOV/COVID. Previous issues of the email are available in English and Spanish on our website.
When you have good information, you can make good decisions. Together, we can defeat the virus.
Question of the Week
If I’m fully vaccinated, do I need to quarantine if I’m exposed to someone with COVID-19?
If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you do NOT need to quarantine after an exposure to another person with COVID-19 if you meet both of the following criteria:
You are fully vaccinated (more than 2 weeks following receiving the second dose for Moderna or Pfizer, or more than 2 weeks following receipt of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine); AND,
You have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
This does NOT apply to inpatients or residents in healthcare settings.
No matter your vaccination status, if you have new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 you should quarantine and get tested for COVID-19.