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July 30, 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.

   

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Free COVID-19 Vaccines at County Fairs

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the below county fairs. No registration is needed. Clinics have been scheduled for the following dates and times at:

    

•    Bedford County Fair, July 31 
•    South Mountain Fair (Adams County), July 31 from 3pm-6pm 
•    Schuylkill County Fair, Aug. 4 from 4pm-8pm 
•    Wayne County Fair, Aug. 6-14 from 3pm-7:30pm

•    Crawford County Fair, Aug. 25-26 from 10am-5pm
•    Albion Area Fair (Erie County), Sept. 18, 2021 from 1pm-3pm 

   

Additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics at county fairs are currently being planned. County fairs interested in offering a COVID-19 vaccination clinic should contact the PA Department of Health to discuss the possibility of setting up a clinic.
           


Get Testing if You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested for the virus – especially if you have been in contact with someone who has been infected. For those who are fully vaccinated, the CDC guidance only recommends you get tested if you’ve had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19. 


For more about COVID-19 symptoms and to find testing sites near you, visit PA.GOV/COVID.


Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19. Everyone 12 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania. 

   


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. 

   


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

  

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. 

   

Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.
             


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