In Pennsylvania, we are committed to giving a vaccine to every resident who wants one. While we ramp up our distribution efforts, we encourage all Pennsylvanians to have patience and to learn more about how to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the vaccine.
All Pennsylvania Adults are Eligible for the Vaccine
All Pennsylvanians 12 years and older are eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. To find a vaccine provider near you, go to the CDC’s Vaccine Finder Webpage to schedule your appointment. Philadelphia County residents should visit the City of Philadelphia COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage for their separate vaccine rollout plan.
In addition, individuals can text their zip code to GETVAX (438829) for English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish and receive three possible vaccination sites in their area, with phone numbers to call for an appointment.
It’s a big task, but we will deliver a vaccine to every Pennsylvanian who wants it.
COVID-19 Booster Shots
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For those who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals 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 now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
Your health is important. And we know you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and whether they are safe for you and your family. That’s why we have pulled together valuable information about the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines. On our Vaccine Safety & Effectiveness webpage, you’ll find details about:
- FDA-approved vaccines
- potential side effects
- and vaccine safety monitoring
For more details about all the steps that go into making sure vaccines are safe – including details about how clinical trials work – check out the CDC’s overview about Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines.
Be sure to stay in the know with all of the frequently asked questions surrounding vaccines by visiting our Get Answers to Your Questions webpage.
Host a Vaccine Clinic
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and they are our best chance to beat the virus. Every person who chooses to get vaccinated brings us a step closer to moving past the pandemic. If you are a community group, faith-based organization, school, state agency, or other group who is interested in organizing a vaccine clinic in your community, fill out the PA Department of Health Vaccination Clinic Partnership Form for an opportunity to be paired with a vaccine provider.
Clinic hosts are expected to help mobilize their community, advertise the event, and ensure there is enough interest to hold a clinic. Check out our Community Resources, including posters, fill-in flyers, social media posts, etc. to help you promote the clinic. You have the power to finish this. Together, we can defeat COVID.
Stay up-to-date with our educational events about vaccines, mobile vaccination tour stops, and local community vaccine clinics happening near you. Visit our Events webpage to learn more.
Stop the Spread
While the vaccine is the best way to protect you from COVID-19, it isn’t a cure for the virus. We must stay vigilant. Please continue to wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, download and use the COVID Alert PA app, and answer the call from contact tracers.
For more information about what you can do to continue to protect yourself, your family, business, neighbors, and community check out the information under our Stop the Spread webpage.
Have a Question?
If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or call the PA Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258.