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April 16, 2021

Current Vaccine Phase in PA

Phase 2 – We are in Phase 2 of Pennsylvania's vaccine rollout. All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To find an appointment near you, use our vaccine provider mapIf you need help using the map, or do not have internet access, call the PA Department of Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

Total vaccinations administered

6,888,169 (as of 4/16/2021) 

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


All Pennsylvania Adults Eligible for the Vaccine Starting 4/13

Governor Tom Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced that starting Tuesday, April 13, all Pennsylvania adults will be eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID -19 vaccine.

To date, Pennsylvania providers have administered more than 6 million vaccines and the state is ranked among the top 20 states for first-dose vaccinations. More than 2.6 million Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated. 

Vaccines give us hope and a path back to our lives.

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine

Following guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the PA Department of Health notified all vaccine providers to pause administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution.

As of April 12, nearly seven million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. The CDC and the FDA are investigating six cases of an extremely rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In other words, roughly 1 out of every 1,000,000 doses administered. 

While these cases are rare, it is important to recognize that science and safety are driving this decision. The pause highlights that the federal process monitoring the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines is working and should instill confidence in the process. 

Pennsylvanians should continue to feel confident about the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. Individuals should proceed with getting vaccinated as soon as possible to fight the virus, particularly as our case counts rise.

Having Questions is Good

Many of us have friends and family who are hesitant to get the vaccine, or you might be hesitant yourself, and that’s okay.

COVID-19 vaccines are new, and it’s normal to have questions about them. There is so much information—and misinformation— out there about vaccines. It can be overwhelming to try figuring it out on your own. 

That’s why it’s important to connect with reliable, trusted sources like your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Or do your own research on the PA Unites Against COVID website at PA.GOV/COVID or CDC’s website. 

Everyone who chooses to get vaccinated does it for a reason—to protect their family, to protect their children, to be less anxious about their own health, to visit their parents, or to get back to activities like seeing friends, resuming work, or returning to school. 

Your reason for getting vaccinated is a deeply personal one. Take time to educate yourself and think about the reasons behind your vaccination decision. 

Encourage others to get educated about the vaccines too, just like you. When we have good information, we can make good decisions.

Remind Your Family & Friends to Sign Up for Weekly Updates

We know there’s a lot of information out there, and it can be hard to keep track of all the changes. That’s why we started a new email newsletter called the Unite Against COVID Weekly Update and you can 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

What should I expect at my vaccine appointment?  

Different vaccination sites may have slightly different procedures, but you will likely be checked in first. You'll receive a fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine you are being offered. 

Documentation is NOT required to be vaccinated. Vaccine sites may request documentation, but you are not required to have it to receive the vaccine and vaccine providers are not allowed to ask your immigration status.

When you get the vaccine, you and the person administering the vaccine will both need to wear masks that cover your nose and mouth. 

You will receive a vaccination card that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. The card also will remind you to return for your second dose, and you should take the card with you when you receive your second dose so that vaccination can be documented on the card as well.

After receiving an injection of a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be observed for 15 minutes by healthcare staff to monitor any side effects. Observation may be longer.

As with any vaccine, common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine include redness, swelling and pain at the injection site. You may also experience tiredness, mild fever, chills, and headache. These types of side effects are a sign your immune system is working to build immunity to the coronavirus protein. For most people, these side effects subside within a few days of receiving the vaccine.

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