On May 12, the PA Department of Health encouraged all COVID-19 vaccine providers to start vaccinating anyone age 12 and over with the Pfizer vaccine. This follows the recommendation issued this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In Pennsylvania, immunizations, like other general medical services, require consent. The Department of Health recommends that vaccine providers follow their current policy for vaccinations of minors.
The eligibility of 12- to 15-year-olds does not change the Department of Health’s criteria for at least 70 percent of Pennsylvania adults to get fully vaccinated for the state’s mask mandate to be lifted.
Reopening Plans Reflect Progress
More Pennsylvanian adults are getting their vaccine, and every Pennsylvanian that does so brings us closer to getting back to our lives.
As we see progress and as guidance from the CDC is updated, so too are our mitigation efforts. Safety remains at the forefront of all updates and reopening announcements. The Wolf Administration announced on May 11 that effective May 17 at 12:01 AM, 50% occupancy rates for indoor events and gatherings and 75% occupancy rates for outdoor events and gatherings will be permitted.
Based on current CDC guidance, social distancing is strongly recommended for municipalities, school districts, restaurants, and venues. Face coverings are still to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. Fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are not required to wear a mask during certain activities. The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated
Answering FAQs with “Vax Facts” FB Live Series
To help Pennsylvanians get the facts they need to make an informed decision about COVID-19 vaccines, we have created the “Vax Facts” Facebook Live Series. Each event includes a panel of doctors and healthcare workers who can answer your questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines.
On May 13, the PA Commission for Women hosted a Vax Facts Facebook Live for Parents & Guardians. The event details, full video, and information about the panel of family physicians and pediatricians can be found on Facebook.
The next Vax Facts event will be held on Thursday, May 27 at 12 PM and focus on vaccine safety related to fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Questions can be submitted in advance to email@example.com.
Question of the Week
Should children get COVID-19 vaccines?
This week, the CDC and FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for use in children 12 years old and older. The PA Department of Health is encouraging vaccine providers to begin vaccinating anyone age 12 and over with the Pfizer vaccine.