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June 11, 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.

   

News

National Vaccine Month of Action

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the National Vaccine Month of Action. The goal of the month is to have as many people as possible receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4th. 

   
All month long, there will be events – including phone banks, text banks, and in-person events and community canvasses – to increase access, confidence, and equity for the COVID-19 vaccines across the United States. Individuals looking for an event near them can check out their event page. Organizations interested in participating in the month can learn more about ways to engage on their partner page.

   


U.S. Companies Offer Incentives for Vaccinated Individuals

Companies across the United States are offering rewards to their vaccinated customers and employees. The CDC and HHS have posted a list of incentives voluntarily reported to them by third parties or public sources for informational purposes. The list is a great way to see some of the innovative ways our business community is helping to support COVID-19 vaccines. It includes businesses:

  • providing support to help get your vaccine with offers of free childcare and free rides to vaccination sites
  • giving rewards to customers, like discounts on purchases, gift cards and other giveaways, access to premium content, and a wide variety of free tickets to events and entertainment, as well as sweepstakes entries for prizes. 
  • offering extra vaccination support for employees, including paid time off and extra financial bonuses for getting their COVID-19 vaccine.

    
If your nation-wide company is offering an incentive that isn’t listed on the site, you can contact the CDC and HHS with your information. The list is updated weekly. 

   


Check Out the 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 17, the PA Commission for African American Affairs will be hosting a Vax Facts: Teen Edition at 12:00pm. The event details can be found on our Event Calendar

   
Recordings of our previous Vax Facts Events are available: 

   


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.

      



FAQ

Question of the Week

  

Should my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  

The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against the virus.  Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your child from getting sick with COVID-19. All three authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Currently, children 12 years and older can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Your child will need a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks after their first shot. 

   
COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents. To find out more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens, please visit the CDC’s website


       


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