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June 25, 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

Pfizer Vaccine Safe for Children 12 and Older

COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. On May 12, the FDA and CDC approved the use of and recommend the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents 12 through 15 years of age – a big next step in the effort to fight COVID-19. Children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, which means they can get sick and spread the virus to others. 

  

They have missed so much over the past year – school, sports, proms, graduations, seeing family and spending time with friends. It’s time for teens and young adults to get their turn.

   


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.

   


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 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.


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

  

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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