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October 8, 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.




CDC Urges Pregnant People to Get Vaccinated

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant people, those who are pregnant now or may become pregnant in the future, or who are currently breastfeeding. This CDC guidance aligns with recommendations from professional medical organizations serving people who are pregnant, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine

If you are pregnant and have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can contact MotherToBaby. Experts are available to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat. The free and confidential service is available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (local time). To reach MotherToBaby, call 1-866-626-6847 or chat live or send an email to MotherToBaby.



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

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.



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.




Question of the Week


If I am pregnant, should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?


Yes. The CDC is urging pregnant people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines are also recommended for those who are breastfeeding, trying to become pregnant now, or who may become pregnant in the future. There is no increased risk of miscarriage or effects on fertility among those who have gotten the vaccine. 

Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.

Pregnant people and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. 


Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.

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