COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Currently individuals in Phase 1A can schedule appointments to get vaccinated. However, the number of manufactured vaccines falls short of those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. There have been numerous problems with the PA Department of Health’s roll-out of the vaccine. We understand that people are concerned and frustrated with the lack of appointments that are available and the lack of information being shared. We continue to voice these concerns to the Department of Health and urge them to share information and streamline the process for getting vaccinated.

Phase 1A is the First Vaccine Distribution Step

To see if you qualify as part of Phase 1A, take this quiz: https://www.pa.gov/guides/get-vaccinated/#Step1ChecktoSeeifYoureEligible.

In Phase 1A the vaccine is currently being distributed to:

  • 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
  • Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions:
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • 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 < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Additional Phases

To view a list of who qualifies under the additional vaccination phases (Phase 1B, Phase 1C & Phase 2), visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Vaccine.aspx#

Vaccination is not Mandated, but Strongly Encouraged

The COVID-19 Vaccine is not mandated for residents, however, employers and businesses could impose requirements for those choosing not to be vaccinated if it causes safety issues. Everyone, including health care workers, are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated by federal and state public health officials. Federal ADA and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rights allow for medical and religious exemptions from vaccination in Section K of the federal EEO laws.

Scheduling A Vaccine Appointment

  • To schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine, you must contact the provider directly. A list of providers can be found here:  https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Vaccine.aspx
  • If you receive services from your local County Area Agency on Aging, please be sure to contact that office for assistance in scheduling a vaccine.  https://www.aging.pa.gov/local-resources/Pages/AAA.aspx
  • Mass vaccination sites may be established, but further details of dates and locations will only be shared once required vaccine quantities are in supply. 
  • County governments (usually their Emergency Management Agency) are working to secure vaccines and new locations will be announced over time.

Check your local County Websites for more information:

For specific questions pertaining to the COVID-19 Vaccine, call the PA Health Hotline at: 1-877-724-3258 

Other useful resources:

You may also wish to contact your local hospital, health system or County Emergency Management Agency to volunteer should a mass vaccination site be opened.