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November 19, 2021

All Pennsylvanians 5 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

   

Everyone 18+ is Eligible for COVID-19 Boosters

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines booster shots are now FDA-authorized and CDC-approved for everyone 18 and older. That means eligibility for boosters has expanded to include all adults. 


Everyone age 18+ is eligible for a booster shot if it has been:

  • 6 months or longer since you received your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine 
  • 2 months or longer since you received your Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

    
You may choose which vaccine to receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

   


       

What to Bring to Your Booster Appointment

At your first vaccination appointment, you should have received a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Bring this vaccination card to your booster shot vaccination appointment.

   
If you lost or did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot to find out how you can get a card. You can also contact the PA Department of Health to request your immunization records

   


       

COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Kids 5 to 11

The free COVID-19 vaccine is FDA-authorized and CDC-recommended for kids 5 to 11. It’s as safe as other childhood vaccines.  Call your pediatrician if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

   
Pennsylvania vaccine providers, including pediatricians, primary care physicians, family doctors, pharmacies, large retailers, federally qualified health centers and grocery stores, are able to schedule appointments and administer the vaccine immediately according to CDC guidance. Many vaccine pre-orders have already been delivered with more expected in the coming days and weeks.

   
Vaccines are the best way to protect your child from the worst effects of COVID-19. Give your child the power to learn, play, and be a kid. 

       


    

Make Time for Your Flu Shot

The flu and COVID-19 are expected to circulate at the same time this season. That makes getting a flu vaccine more important than ever. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October.
   
Although the flu vaccine will not prevent COVID-19, it will decrease the risk of you and your family getting sick and needing flu-related medical care. You can receive the flu vaccine at the same time as all other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the flu vaccine at the PA Department of Health’s website.

     


FAQ

   

Question of the Week

  

Should my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?

      

The CDC recommends everyone 5 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 5 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 clinical trials and studies in young children and 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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