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.
Continue to Unite Against COVID
Pennsylvanian have answered the call to unite against COVID and many have gotten their COVID-19 vaccine. We are making great progress in delivering vaccines to every Pennsylvanian who wants one. However, the CDC reports that less than half of all Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
We need every Pennsylvanian to help spread the message about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine, and encourage your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to get theirs.
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.
Sharing vaccine facts with others can help them make an informed decision. Make sure you have the facts to share:
All Pennsylvanians 12 years old and older are eligible to get vaccinated now.
Many vaccine providers now take walk-ins and offer same-day appointments.
Protect Yourself Against Variants by Getting Vaccinated
COVID-19 vaccines are still the best way to protect against the virus – including against new variants like the Delta variant. 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.
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. According to the CDC, 1 of 5 new COVID cases in the U.S. are tied to the Delta variant.
It’s Never Too Late for Your Second Dose
If you already had your first vaccine shot, but had to miss your second appointment, reschedule today! It’s never too late to get your second shot. You can call your vaccine provider to get a new appointment. Or, you can find an appointment through the Vaccine Finder website, texting your zip code to GETVAX (438829) for English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish, or by calling the PA Department of Health at 1-877-724-3258 for help finding a provider.
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. Before you leave your first dose appointment, make sure you have your second appointment scheduled.
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.
July 13 Vax Facts for the Asian Pacific American Community
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 July 13, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs will be hosting a Vax Facts for the Asian Pacific American Community at 7:00pm. The event details can be found on our Event Calendar.
Recordings of our previous Vax Facts Events are available:
What should I do if I missed my second vaccine appointment?
If you had to cancel or miss your second dose, please reschedule your appointment today. It is not too late to get your second dose. If you got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you aren’t considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after you get your second shot.