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December 24, 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

   

Stopping the Spread of Omicron

The Omicron variant now accounts for nearly 75 percent of COVID-19 cases in the United States. The important thing is that we have more tools to slow the spread of COVID-19 than we did at this time last year. 
   
We know layered prevention strategies can slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. To protect yourself and others, remember to:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Get boosted.
  • Wear masks in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Consider taking a COVID-19 at-home-test prior to gathering with others over the holidays.

Please encourage your friends and family to adopt these prevention and safety measures too. United, we have the power to finish this. 

   


             

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. 

   


       

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.
   
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

  

What do I need to bring to my booster shot vaccination 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 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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