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August 6, 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

$4M Available for LIVE PA Grants for Vaccine Equity

The Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania (LIVE PA) grant program is open for applications. The program is a joint-initiative by the Wolf Administration and the United Way of Pennsylvania and will administer $4 million in mini-grants to help address vaccine hesitancy and ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines throughout Pennsylvania’s communities. Grants will reimburse local organizations conducting hyper-local grassroots outreach and administering COVID-19 vaccines. 

   

More information about the program and how to apply is available on the United Way of Pennsylvania’s website
   


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:

    
•    Wayne County Fair, Aug. 6-14 from 3pm-7:30pm

•    Penn State's Ag Progress Days (Centre County), Aug. 10 from 9am-5pm, Aug. 11 from 9am-7pm, and Aug. 12 from 9am-4pm

•    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. 

   


FAQ

Question of the Week

  

Were vaccines approved too fast?

   

No. All COVID-19 vaccines go through rigorous testing and evaluation before receiving Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

   
It is important to remember that in public health emergencies, the development process for medical testing, treatment, and vaccines must still get approval from the FDA. The FDA has very strict standards that require a combination of clinical, non-clinical, and manufacturing data to be evaluated as part of the EUA process.

   
Even though the emergency process may be different than routine reviews, all vaccines must meet criteria regulated by law to receive EUA. That includes multiple clinical trials to determine the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine.

   

Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.
             


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