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October 1, 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

   

Grants for COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is offering grants of up to $100,000 through the new COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program (VOGP) to assist grassroots organizations across the commonwealth in their efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccination in vaccine-hesitant populations. Eligible organizations – including nonprofits, childcare, and educational institutions – can apply for VOGP now through November 1, 2021.

     


      

Vax Facts: Community Conversations about COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines are new, so it’s normal to have questions about them. Access to reliable, trusted sources can help you make the best decision for you and your family. 

   
That’s why on Oct. 12 at 12 PM, the PA Commission for Latino Affairs is honored to convene a panel of leaders from the Latin American community and Pennsylvania-based medical professionals to answer questions related to the vaccines, information privacy, and safety concerns. 

   
The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Natalia Ortiz, Temple University Hospital/Lewis-Katz Temple School of Medicine. 

   
Have questions? We have answers! Submit questions in advance to VaxFacts@pa.gov

   
Recordings of our previous Vax Facts Events are available:
July 13 Vax Facts for the Asian Pacific American Community 
June 17 Vax Facts Teen Edition
June 10 Vax Facts on Afternoon Tea on LGBTQ Health
June 3 Vax Facts on Privacy & Safety for the Latinx Community
May 27 Vax Facts on Fertility & Reproductive Health
May 13 Vax Facts for Parents & Guardians

  


    

Remember to Get Vaccinated Even if You Already Had COVID

You should get a vaccine even if you already had COVID-19 and got better.  We don’t know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without getting sick. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. 

   
Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

  


    

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:

   

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

•    Bloomsburg Fair (Columbia County), Oct . 1 from 9:30 AM to 3 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.
                      


    

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.
 

  


FAQ

   

Question of the Week

  

Who is eligible for a booster shot? 

      

A booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for certain adults who were fully vaccinated by Pfizer at least six months ago, including:   

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster of the Pfizer vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risks.

       

Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.
             


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