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December 10, 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 16+ is Eligible for COVID-19 Boosters

There are booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Everyone 16 years old or older is strongly encouraged to get a booster shot. 
  
If you are age 18 or older, you are 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

Eligible individuals 18 years and older may choose which vaccine they 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.
  
If you are age 16-17, you are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot if it has been 6 months or longer since you received your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 16- and 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. 

 

   


       

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.


       


    

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. 

   


             

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

   


       

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.
   
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

  

I hear a lot of people survive COVID-19. Why should I get the vaccine?

   

COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to family, friends, and others around you.

   

We are becoming more aware that many people may be affected by post-COVID conditions – a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems that occur more than four weeks after being first infected by the virus.

   

Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions including “long COVID” and multiorgan effects (including impacts to heart, lung, kidney, skin, and brain functions).

   

You can have post-COVID issues even if you had mild or no symptoms from your initial infection. Getting a vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting sick with COVID-19 and avoiding both the initial illness and potential post-COVID conditions.
     

Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.
             


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