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March 25, 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.

   

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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. 

      


       

Everyone 12+ is Eligible for COVID-19 Boosters

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. 

   


     

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.

     


FAQ

   

Question 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.     
       

Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.
             


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PA Dept. of Health Hotline: 1-877-724-3258  Web: PA.GOV/COVID