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April 9, 2021

Current Vaccine Phase in PA 

Phase 1B – which includes residents of congregate settings and those receiving home and community-based services, correctional officers and workers in congregate care settings, U.S. postal service workers, manufacturing workers, clergy and other essential support for houses of worship, public transit workers, education workers, agriculture and food workers (not covered by the special initiative).

Total vaccinations administered

6,055,844 (as of 4/9/2021)

You can find the latest vaccine data at the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard


Vaccine Rollout Progress

We continue to make great strides in our vaccine rollout. As we entered Phase 1B on April 5, more than 5.5 million vaccine doses had been given to our residents and more than a third of all Pennsylvanians had received their first dose of the COVID vaccine.

Know that we are making progress in vaccine rollout, and with time and patience, every Pennsylvanian who wants a vaccine will get one.

Pennsylvania is in Phase 1B

All residents in Phases 1A and 1B are now eligible to schedule their vaccine appointment.

Phase 1B includes:

  • People in congregate settings not specified as long-term care facilities
  • Residents receiving home and community-based services
  • Correctional officers and others working in congregate care settings (if not already covered in 1A) 
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
  • Public transit workers
  • Education workers (including higher education)
  • Agriculture workers not covered under the special initiative. o    Includes horticulture, nurseries, and garden centers; forestry and hardwoods; veterinarians and veterinary services; farm supply stores; animal feed producers and stores; wood product manufacturing and paper manufacturing.
  • Food workers not covered under the special initiative. Includes food and beverage stores, warehouse clubs and supercenters, and food and beverage manufacturing.

The plan calls for moving to Phase 1C on April 12 and Phase 2 on April 19. Phase 2 is the final phase when every resident 16+ will be eligible to make their vaccine appointment. All Pennsylvanians will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19.

To find an appointment near you, use our Vaccine Provider Map

If you need help using the map, or do not have internet access, call the PA Department of Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258

Special Programs for Essential Workers

The initiative to get pre-K through 12 educators and school staff vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was completed on April 2. More than 112,500 teachers and school staff were vaccinated, and vaccinations for childcare workers are continuing.

A new program to vaccinate other essential workers on the frontlines started on March 31. As part of this new effort, workers in the following frontline industries are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Law enforcement, which includes police, sheriffs and deputies, constables, corrections officers, and staff, as well as probation and parole staff.
  • Firefighters, including career and volunteer firefighters.
  • Grocery store workers, including all workers in supermarkets and grocery stores.
  • Food and agriculture workers, including all food processing company employees (meat, poultry, and dairy processing, fresh fruit, and vegetable packing operations), food manufacturing, all farmworkers, farm operators, and farm managers, including at urban agriculture operations.

Being eligible does not guarantee an immediate appointment, but providers are ready and eager to provide vaccines to every Pennsylvanian who wants one.

Regional Vaccination Site at PSU’s Bryce Jordan Center

Beginning today, a new Regional Vaccination Clinic opened at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s University Park Campus. Residents of Centre County and surrounding counties who signed up on PA Department of Health’s Your Turn Tool were the first to be alerted to sign up for a vaccine appointment. 

This vaccination site is open to anyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of county of residence. You can check your eligibility online

More information is available on the clinic website or by calling 1-844-545-3450.

Remind Your Family & Friends to Sign Up for Weekly Updates

When you have good information, you can make good decisions. Together, we can defeat the virus.

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, and it can be hard to keep track of all the changes. Share this newsletter with your friends and family and encourage them to sign up on PA.GOV/COVID. Previous updates 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

How do I make an appointment to get my vaccine?

Contact information and registration instructions can be found by clicking on each vaccine provider's pin on the Vaccine Provider Map. Contact the vaccine provider of your choice directly to schedule an appointment. 

The federal government determines how much vaccine the state receives, and supply is limited but increasing. Even if you are eligible, an appointment may not be immediately available. The vaccine provider map is being updated regularly, so please keep checking back for new locations and vaccine providers with available appointments.

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