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September 10, 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

   

Masks Required in Schools 

Starting this week on Sept. 7, masks are required in all Pennsylvania childcare facilities, and public and private schools. 

   

Students, teachers, and staff must wear face coverings when inside, regardless of vaccination status. The science is clear. The Delta variant is highly transmissible and dangerous to the unvaccinated, many of whom are children too young to receive the vaccine. 
 
The number one goal is to keep kids in school and keep them safe. As case counts rise, consistent masking guidance is an important way to ensure students can stay in their classrooms this school year. 

  


    

Protect Yourself Against Variants by Getting Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are still the best way to protect against the virus – including against 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. 

  


    

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:

   

•    Luzerne County Fair, Sept. 9 from 6 PM to 9 PM, Sept. 11 from 2 PM to 6 PM, and Sept. 12 from 2 PM to 5 PM
•    Albion Area Fair (Erie County), Sept. 18 from 1 PM to 3 PM

•    New Holland Fair (Lancaster County), Sept. 29 from 12 PM to 5 PM, Sept. 30 & Oct . 1 from 12 PM to 6 PM, and Oct. 2 from 11 AM to 1 PM

    

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.
                      


    

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

  

Should my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?

   

The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against the virus.  Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your child from getting sick with COVID-19. All three authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Currently, children 12 years and older can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Your child will need a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks after their first shot. 

   
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

   

Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.
             


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