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June 18, 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

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. Stay tuned for future events! 

   
Recordings of our previous Vax Facts Events are available: 


U.S. Companies Offer Incentives for Vaccinated Individuals

Companies across the United States are offering rewards to their vaccinated customers and employees. 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.

    
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.

   

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. 

   


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.

   


Vaccines Don't Affect Fertility

If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant and get COVID-19, you are at increased risk for preterm birth (delivering your baby earlier than 37 weeks) and other potential poor pregnancy outcomes.

   

We don’t have any data that suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility. There is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines. In general, vaccines are safe prior to pregnancy and in some cases, we encourage people to get vaccinated before pregnancy for certain viruses.

Top medical organizations are encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated, including:
•    American Medical Association
•    American Society for Reproductive Medicine 
•    Association of Women’s Health
•    Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

      



FAQ

Question of the Week

  

Do I have to get vaccinated if I already had COVID?

  

You should get a vaccine even if you already had COVID-19 and got better. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.  If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. 
   

Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
          


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