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April 22, 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 

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 Pizer-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- and 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster
  
The CDC recommends a second booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines for those over 50. It also applies for younger people who are immunocompromised. 

      

The latest booster recommendations are found on the CDC’s website.
   


       

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 the CDC's Vaccine FAQs.
             


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