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April 30, 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

8,468,033 (as of 4/30/2021) 

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


Talking About Vaccines with Your Community

As a trusted member of your community, you can have a huge impact and influence on others who may be hesitant about getting their COVID vaccine. 

Talking with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about the benefits of vaccines can help them make an informed decision. Make sure you have the facts to share:

  • All Pennsylvanians 16 years old and older are eligible to get vaccinated now.

  • Many vaccine providers now take walk-ins and offer same-day appointments.

  • 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.

Having a phone call, a Zoom, or socially distanced walk around your neighborhood are all great opportunities for starting the conversation. 

Not sure how to bring it up? Check out our How to Talk to Family & Friends About COVID-19 Vaccines webpage. 

Johnson and Johnson Vaccines Resuming in PA

On Friday, April 23, the PA Department of Health notified all vaccine providers that they may resume administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. 

The pause from April 13 to April 23 highlights that the numerous safety procedures for monitoring COVID-19 vaccine side effects are working. All steps are being taken to ensure all the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Your Second Dose is Important (#GotMyShotPA)

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require a second dose for you to be fully vaccinated. If you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you only need one dose. Two weeks after your last dose, your immune system will be able to recognize and protect against COVID-19.

Once you get your last dose, don’t forget to share the great news with others on social media using the #GotMyShotPA hashtag! Encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Vaccines for Homebound Pennsylvanians 

On April 26, the Department of Health issued an amended order to vaccine providers requiring them to work with AAAs and Medical Assistance to schedule appointments for homebound individuals. 

If you or someone you know cannot leave home to get a vaccine, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) or Medical Assistance managed care organization.

Getting College Students Vaccinated 

College students returning home after the semester ends should look to get their COVID vaccines as quickly as possible. 

With the Spring semester ending in the next few weeks, some college students may get their first dose of a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) while still on campus. But they may move home before receiving their second dose.  But don’t worry. Pennsylvania is committed to making sure that everyone – including college students – can get fully vaccinated. 

Even if you get your first dose in a different county or state, you can get your second dose here. Just find a vaccine provider near you and let them know you are a college student and can’t go to the same place as your first dose because of logistical challenges.  


Questions of the Week

If I am fully vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask outdoors?

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has updated its mask guidance to match the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People.

Under the new update, fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. However, everyone must continue wearing masks when indoors with unvaccinated people. 

Are the vaccines safe? Have they been properly tested?

The COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized for emergency use have gone through extensive studies to ensure they are as safe as possible, and systems are in place at the CDC to monitor safety issues throughout the country. Clinical trials for all vaccines must show they meet rigorous criteria for safety and effectiveness before they can be authorized and approved for use. The known and potential benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks.

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