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January 7, 2022

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 12+ is Eligible for COVID-19 Boosters

There are booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Everyone 12 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:

  • 5 months or longer since you received your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • 6 months or longer since you received your second dose of the 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 12-17, you are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot if it has been 5 months or longer since you received your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 12- and 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. 

   


       

Get Testing if You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested for the virus – especially if you have been in contact with someone who has been infected. For those who are fully vaccinated, the CDC guidance only recommends you get tested if you’ve had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19. 
   
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. 
   
For more about COVID-19 symptoms and to find testing sites near you, visit PA.GOV/COVID.
   
Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19. Everyone 5 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania. 

     


   

Stopping the Spread of Omicron

The Omicron variant now accounts for 95 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.

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

   


             

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. 

            


       

FAQ

   

Questions 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

  

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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