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Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

Last updated: May 13, 2021

Pennsylvanians age 12 and over are now eligible for the COVID vaccine and more and more Pennsylvanians are getting vaccinated every day.

Here are resources to help individuals, families, and businesses follow safety guidance and get vaccinated.

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Get Vaccinated

Pennsylvanians age 12 and over are now eligible for the COVID vaccine. Adolescents ages 12-15 can receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Find a Vaccine

Use the vaccine provider map to find a place to schedule your vaccine.

If you received the Moderna or Pfizer COVID vaccines, don’t forget to go back for your second dose. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are fully protected after one dose.

Track Pennsylvania’s Progress

Check out the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard to track the progress of vaccine distribution in Pennsylvania.

Why Vaccines?

Vaccines are safe and are the best way to protect yourself and those around you from serious illnesses.

The COVID-19 vaccine can keep you from getting COVID-19, and may even lessen symptoms if you do contract the virus.

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.

What If I’ve Already Had COVID?

Because experts don’t know how long immunity lasts after someone get sick with COVID-19, a vaccine would still offer important protection to Pennsylvanians who have already had COVID.

How Much Do Vaccines Cost?

Vaccine doses purchased with American dollars will be provided by the federal government at no cost.

Learn More

Get the latest vaccine updates and answers to frequently asked questions from the Department of Health. If you have questions about the vaccination process in Pennsylvania, please call the Pennsylvania Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Check out the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Dashboard to see up-to-date data on case counts and demographics, hospital preparedness, and testing.

COVID Mitigation in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is uniting against COVID. Here are the mitigation measures in place to keep people safe:

Business, Work, School, Child Care, and Congregate Settings
  • Child care safety guidance in place
  • Congregate care restrictions in place
  • Prison and hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities
  • Schools subject to CDC and commonwealth guidance
  • Telework is strongly encouraged
  • Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements
  • Businesses must follow CDC guidance on face coverings
  • All in-person businesses may operate at 75% occupancy
  • Indoor dining at restaurants open at 50% (75% for self-certified restaurants)
Social Restrictions
  • Gathering limits in place:
    • Indoor events: 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size and only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement
    • Outdoor events: 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size and only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement
  • Follow CDC guidance on face coverings

Local Guidelines

The Wolf Administration supports local officials who choose to maintain additional restrictions. The following counties are under additional local guidelines:

Upcoming Changes to Mitigation

Effective May 17, 2021, maximum capacity limits for events and gatherings will be increased to 50% for indoor and 75% for outdoor.

Effective May 31, 2021, we are lifting COVID mitigation orders. The masking order will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated.

These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from ​continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.

The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures. More information about this announcement.

COVID Mitigation Orders

Get Help

Unemployment Compensation

If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UC) or Workers’ Compensation (WC) benefits.

Check out the guide to unemployment benefits to learn more.

Other Financial Help

Credit Cards

If you have seen a reduction in pay due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make your credit card or loan payments, contact your lender right away. Regulatory agencies have encouraged financial institutions to work with customers impacted by the coronavirus. For guidance, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or contact a credit counselor near you.

Mortgage, Rent, and Utilities

If you can’t cover your mortgage payment or rent, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Do not wait until you’re behind on payments. Some lenders may work out an agreement with you to waive late fees, set up a repayment plan or offer loan forbearance.

If you are at risk for eviction or loss of utility service help is now available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Pennsylvanians can submit applications online at

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Chairman has also put protections in place for low-income Pennsylvanians. Learn more about these protections.

Home heating help is available through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Learn more and apply for the program.

Food Assistance

Pennsylvanians out of work and without pay, or with significantly reduced hours as a result of COVID-19, are eligible to receive state and federally sourced foods from Pennsylvania’s food banks and pantries. Find a pantry near you, then give them a call to make arrangements.

There are many other food assistance resources available. Find a comprehensive list on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website.

Mental Health Resources

It’s normal to feel stress around COVID-19. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not an indication of weakness.

Use the Mental Health Resources guide to find more help and information available to Pennsylvanians

More Resources for Pennsylvanians

Resources for Businesses

Businesses play a critical role in protecting your workers, customers, suppliers, and the general public.

All businesses with in-person operations should follow building and business safety guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines may change over time, so be sure to check back for updates. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations still apply.

COVID-19 Guidance for all Businesses

All businesses are required to review and comply with the COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses. This guide includes the basics our businesses and workers need to safely get back to work. As you reopen, you will need to follow all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Please print, sign, and post the COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses  sign (updated 6/26/20) near all public entrances and in worker common areas. Signs should be easy to spot. Two sizes are available for download — use whichever size that works best for your printer.

Legal-sized paper (8.5×14 inches and only uses one piece of paper)

Letter-sized paper (8.5×11 inches and uses two pieces of paper)

Restaurant Self-Certification

Self-certification is an optional program by which you can reassure your employees and customers that you are adhering to all appropriate guidance.

It’s free to join the program and enrollment is voluntary. Participating restaurants will receive a listing on the searchable public Open & Certified PA Business Directory.

The self-certification form is available here.

For questions about the Open and Certified Pennsylvania program, read the Frequently Asked Questions or email

Resources and Loans

To help navigate through the potential financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Pennsylvania businesses,  the state and federal government are offering loans to help offset the revenue lost.

Check the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website for the most up-to-date information on resources and loans for businesses.

More Resources for Businesses

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