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.
Pennsylvania’s four phase COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Together, with the federal government, Pennsylvania is working on getting vaccines to those who are most at risk of catching COVID and who may experience complications.
The PA Department of Health continually updates our interim vaccination plan as new guidance is issued by the CDC, new vaccines are approved, and distribution improves – so check back often for updates and share what you learn with your families, friends, and community.
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 the PA Department of Health has pulled together valuable information about all the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines. On their Vaccine Safety webpage, you’ll find details about:
- FDA-approved vaccines and the findings of their clinical trials
- the newest vaccines undergoing clinical trials
- 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.
When to Get Your Vaccine
Under each phase of our plan, new groups of Pennsylvanians will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you need help determining if you can get a vaccine under our current phase, use our Your Turn Eligibility Tool to find out. If you are eligible, the tool will direct you to information on vaccine providers near you. If it isn’t your turn yet, you can sign up to get updates by email or by text message.
For the latest details on eligibility during the different phases of Pennsylvania’s vaccination plan, please visit the PA Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated
When you are eligible for a vaccine, go to the PA Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Map to find a location near you and schedule an appointment. Philadelphia County residents should visit the City of Philadelphia COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage for their separate vaccine rollout plan.
Our vaccine supplies are currently limited. We are working with the federal government to increase availability. We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we work to improve distribution and supplies.
It’s a big task, but we will deliver a vaccine to every Pennsylvanian who wants it.
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.