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 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 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- to17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
Order Your Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.
Stopping the Spread 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:
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.
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.
COVID-19 Vaccines 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.
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.
Questions of the Week
If we need a booster shot, are the vaccines working?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection over time against mild and moderate disease, especially among certain populations.
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.