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.
Guidance for Third Doses for Immunocompromised
Third doses of COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna have been authorized and recommended for people with compromised immune systems. The PA Department of Health is actively working with vaccine providers to administer third shots to further protect vulnerable Pennsylvanians.
Pennsylvania’s strong vaccine supply and robust provider infrastructure will meet the needs of this critical population. Immunocompromised individuals who are fully vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna should talk to their health care provider before scheduling a third vaccine appointment. Current guidance about third doses is available under Frequently Asked Questions for Additional Dose of COVID Vaccine.
K-12 COVID-19 Testing Program
Announced this week, K-12 school districts in Pennsylvania can get pooled classroom testing free of charge to help to provide safer in-person environments for students and educators. Pooled classroom testing combines samples from all consenting individuals in a classroom and runs them as a single test. It is a simple and scalable way to easily test many students at once while minimizing resource strain. This is part of a strategy that builds on many measures undertaken by schools and public health systems, including vaccination, symptom screening, physical distancing, facility improvements, masks/face coverings and PPE, hand washing, and monitoring of return to school after illness.
Participating K-12 schools will have pooled testing performed weekly to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Testing results will be turned around 1-2 days after testing.
Free COVID-19 Vaccines at Fairs
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the below fairs. No registration is needed. Clinics have been scheduled for the following dates and times at:
Additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics at fairs are currently being planned. 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.
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.
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.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
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.
Question of the Week
If I am immunocompromised, how do I get a third dose?
The amended Emergency Use Authorizations allow for people who have had an organ transplant, or those with a similar level of weakened immune system, to get an extra dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. You should get same shot you initially received but mixing of vaccines is permitted for the third shot if your original vaccine is not available.