COVID-19 Vaccination Information
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the coronavirus and vaccination efforts, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website.
Why Get Vaccinated?
Pennsylvania Department of Health Vaccination Phases
***As of May 12, 12 to 16-year-olds are approved to get the Pfizer vaccine***
- Long-term care facility residents
- Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
- Emergency medical service personnel, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Physicians, Dentists, Dental hygienists, Chiropractors, Therapists, Phlebotomists, Pharmacists, Technicians, Pharmacy technicians, Health professions students and trainees, Direct support professionals, Clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities, Contractual HCP not directly employed by the health care facility
- Persons not directly involved in patient care, but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients
- Persons ages 65 and older
- Police Officers
- Grocery Store Workers
- Food and Agriculture Workers
- Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Obesity (body mass index(BMI) of 30/kg/m2 or higher but less than 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI equal or greater than 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and community-based services
- First responders
- Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
- Food and agricultural workers
- U.S. Postal Service Workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Grocery store workers
- Education workers
- Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
- Public transit workers
- Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs
- Essential workers in these sectors:
- Transportation and logistics
- Water and wastewater
- Food service
- Housing construction
- Finance, including bank tellers
- Information technology
- Energy, including nuclear reactors
- Legal services
- Federal, state, county, and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials, and members of the judiciary and their staff
- Public Safety
- Public health workers
For those with limited access to online services or technology, or need assistance in registering, please call 1-844-UPMCVAC (1-844-876-2822) between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM, seven days a week. This line receives a high call volume, so please use the online registration if you can.
Phase 2 (Current Phase)
All individuals not previously covered who are 16 or older and do not have a contradiction to the vaccine. (Note that at this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech is approved for those age 16 and 17
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Vaccine Providers (Current as of 6/8/2021)
Cumberland County Vaccination Site
The Cumberland County Vaccination Site will close on Friday, June 11.
Cumberland County has opened a vaccine site at 1180 Walnut Bottom Road. Visit www.qcpharmacy.com to schedule an appointment.
As of March 31, residents can also schedule an appointment by phone for the Cumberland County site by calling 717-918-9880.
UPMC is scheduling vaccination appointments. Please register by visiting the UPMC website: vaccine.upmc.com.
Penn State Health
Penn State Health has launched its public vaccination process. Anyone who meets the Department of Health's eligibility criteria can register for appointments. The Cumberland County vaccination site is located at Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, 431 North 21st Street, Camp Hill.
To register, visit their website at https://www.pennstatehealth.org/coronavirus/vaccine. Those without internet access can call 1-844-774-8883. If you register thorough the Penn State site but are unable to schedule an appointment, they will use the contact e-mail you provide to notify you when new appointments are available.
CVS is currently offering vaccines at a few locations in Pennsylvania, including Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Enola, Chambersburg, and York. Check availability by visiting https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine.
As more establishments begin offering the vaccine, we will share that information here. You can also view vaccine providers around the state by visiting: https://www.pa.gov/guides/get-vaccinated/.
VaccineFinder helps individuals find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
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Why Get Vaccinated?
Dr. Stephanie Waters of Carlisle Pediatrics recently spoke to members of Carlisle Bridge Builders about the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to discussing the science of the vaccine, she addressed prevalent concerns from communities of color about the vaccine's development and efficacy. While the vaccine is not mandatory, Dr. Waters states that the more people who receive it, the more the cases of COVID will decrease and the sooner things may return to normal.
Vaccines are free, but providers may charge a fee for giving it to you. In most cases, that will be covered by insurance or through a government fund. Until more people have received the vaccine, we need to keep wearing masks, staying six feet apart and avoiding crowds, and keeping our hands washed.
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Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
The CDC has released the following recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Individuals are considered fully for COVID-19 two weeks past their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks past having received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).
The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings.
Fully vaccinated people can:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
- Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
- Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
- Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
- Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
- Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Follow guidance issued by individual employers
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations