As we enter into Phase 2 of the Pennsylvania statewide vaccinations, it has recently been announced by Gov. Tom Wolf and the state health department that as of April 13, 2021, all PA residents 16 and above are eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment.
The decision to move the original eligibility date up from April 19 relied heavily on the amount of cases that have increased and with the majority of Pittsburgh bars, restaurants, and clubs reopening at 75% capacity (as of April 5), it’s important that the speed of the vaccine rollout is maintained.
Pittsburgh residents have the option to choose from several vaccination clinics throughout the city offering the Pfizer-BioNTech and/or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The most common vaccine being offered is the Pfizer-BioNTech, given in two doses 21 days apart, and had a 95% effective rate during clinical trials. The easiest way to find a vaccine near you is to use the Pennsylvania Vaccine Provider Map on the PA Department of Health website or call the Health Hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).
After receiving the vaccine the CDC encourages everyone to continue to wear masks, wash their hands, and avoid small and intimate or large gatherings where social distancing is not possible.
For more information regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine and how to prevent Covid from spreading even after vaccination visit health.pa.gov.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.