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July 2, 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

3 of 4 Pennsylvania Adults have 1st Dose

Our vaccination efforts continue to hit important vaccine milestones. We are making progress in delivering vaccines to every Pennsylvanian who wants one. 

   
More than 75% of Pennsylvanians 18 and older have received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, ranking us in 7th place among all 50 states for first doses delivered. More than 60% of Pennsylvanians 18 and older are fully vaccinated.    

    
That means, Pennsylvania beat President Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.

    
Even as we celebrate these accomplishments, we must continue to share vaccine information with our families, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and larger 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. 

   


PA Masking Order Lifted 

On June 28, Pennsylvania’s statewide masking order was lifted. Pennsylvanians are urged to follow the CDC’s guidance about wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations. This includes the following guidance: 

  • Regardless of vaccination status, the CDC requires masks on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States.
  • Continue following guidance at workplaces, local businesses, long-term care facilities, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, prisons, and shelters. 

If you are not vaccinated – or are partially vaccinated – you are encouraged to continue wearing a mask in public. If you get COVID-19, it is important that you follow existing public health measures. Isolation and quarantine are necessary to prevent the spread of infection. 

  • Stay home unless you’re seeking medical care or COVID-19 testing. 
  • Please quarantine if you’re identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19. If you become infected, this will help keep you from spreading the virus to others.    
     

   


Vaccines are the Best Defense Against Variants

New variants of COVID-19 are emerging around the world. Viruses are constantly changing, and viral mutations are common. We see this happen in other viruses, like in the virus that causes influenza. 

    
Viruses that spread rapidly have more opportunity for their genetic material to change, so variants can emerge faster than for viruses that spread more slowly. Some of the most common COVID-19 variants appear to spread faster than the original virus.

    
COVID-19 vaccines are still the best way to protect against the virus – including against new variants. The data shows current COVID-19 vaccines provide protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death in patients who have one of the variants of the virus.

   


Your Second Dose 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.

     

Some people may experience side effects after getting vaccinated. These are normal and are signs that the body is building immunity. COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening, and long-lasting complications. However, if you experience vaccine side effects, they are often mild and temporary and only last a few hours to a few days.

    

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

  

I hear a lot of people survive COVID-19. Why should I get the vaccine?

  

COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to family, friends, and others around you.

    

We are becoming more aware that many people may be affected by post-COVID conditions – a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems that occur more than four weeks after being first infected by the virus.

     

Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions including “long COVID” and multiorgan effects (including impacts to heart, lung, kidney, skin, and brain functions).

    

You can have post-COVID issues even if you had mild or no symptoms from your initial infection. Getting a vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting sick with COVID-19 and avoiding both the initial illness and potential post-COVID conditions.

   

Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.
 


          


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