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June 4, 2021

All Pennsylvanians 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine


To find an appointment near you, use the Vaccine Finder.


Text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) for English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish and receive three possible vaccination sites in your area, with phone numbers to call for an appointment.


If you need help, call the PA Department of Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258.



PA Adult Vaccinations on Track


Last week, Pennsylvania hit several important vaccine milestones. We are making progress in delivering vaccines to every Pennsylvanian who wants one. 

•    More than 70% of Pennsylvanians 18 and older have received at least one dose of their COVID vaccine
•    More than 50% of Pennsylvanians 18 and older are fully vaccinated. 


Based on our vaccination data, Pennsylvania’s mask order will be lifted on June 28, or when 70% of adults get their second dose – whichever comes first.


Once the statewide masking order is lifted, we will continue to follow the CDC’s guidance about wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations – including local businesses and workplace guidance.


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 June 10, the PA Commission for LGBTQ Affairs will be hosting a Vax Facts: Afternoon Tea on LGBTQ Health at 12:00pm. The event details can be found on our Event Calendar

Recordings of our previous Vax Facts Events are available: 
•    June 3 Vax Facts on Privacy & Safety for the Latinx Community

•    May 27 Vax Facts on Fertility & Reproductive Health
•    May 13 Vax Facts for Parents & Guardians


Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People


People who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose) can largely go back to doing the activities they did pre-pandemic without having to wear a mask or physically distance.  However, everyone – including fully vaccinated people – must still follow mask guidance where required by law, rule, or regulations. 


Many workplaces, businesses, schools, long-term care facilities, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters may still require masks, regardless of vaccination status. Under the CDC’s guidance, everyone must wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations.


If you are fully vaccinated, it is an incentive to be able to remove your mask, but businesses and workplaces may still require this added layer of protection for their employees or customers that may have underlying conditions that continue to make them vulnerable to this virus. 


Please continue to be kind and respectful to each other as we continue to fight COVID-19 in our communities and continue to get residents vaccinated.


Remember, Your Second Shot is Important


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. You are not considered fully vaccinated until you get your second dose if you get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Once you get your last dose, snap a selfie, and share the great news on social media using the #GotMyShotPA hashtag. Encourage others to do the same. Avoid posting pictures of your vaccine card.



Question of the Week


Do I need insurance or an ID to get the COVID-19 vaccine?


The vaccine is free. You will never be asked for a credit card number or payment to make an appointment. You do not need a Social Security Number, or health insurance to make an appointment or get your vaccine.  Many vaccination sites ask for insurance and Social Security information so they can charge administrative fees to insurance companies or the federal government, but those aren’t required for you to get your vaccine.


Additionally, everyone can get a COVID-19 vaccine, no matter your immigration status. You will not be asked for any proof of immigration status when you arrive for your appointment.  

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