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Last Updated: 3/1/2021 at 11:44pm
The Pocono Mountains has been working collectively to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 over the last several months, much like everyone else.
Vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses. Find vaccine information and resource pages on health-related issues due to COVID-19 and information on your regular care.
Your community will thank you. SIGN UP TO GET THE SHOT! GET IN THE QUEUE!
Find out if it is YOUR TURN to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in PA. If it is your turn, you will be directed on how to find a vaccine provider near you. For more information call (877) 724-3258 or (877) PA-HEALTH.
Vaccines are an important tool in the prevention of spread of diseases like COVID-19. Vaccines work with your immune system, so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like mask-wearing and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.
Both the PA DOH and CDC have outlined three phases as to how the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered.
Exact time frames for patients and the general public to receive the vaccine have not been determined. To learn information as it becomes available, visit the PA DOH vaccination information page or CDC vaccination page.
Both vaccines were found to be >95% effective in preventing COVID infection.
The vaccines were well-tolerated and the rate of adverse effects was low. There were no safety concerns after an average of 2 months of patient monitoring. Many people do not experience any side effects of vaccination.
- The most common reactions were injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, and joint pains. This is a sign that the vaccine is working and that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do.
- There were no serious neurological adverse effects.
- There are no concerns with any negative effect of the vaccine on male or female fertility.
Does the COVID-19 vaccine require two doses? Yes, you need to have two doses of the same vaccine, given between 21 and 28 days apart. The full two doses need to be administered for the best chance of effectiveness.
Is the second dose the same dosage as the first? Yes, the second dose is the same dosage as the first, and it must be from the same manufacturer.
Can I stop masking and physical distancing if I get vaccinated? You should continue taking precautionary measures like masking, social distancing and handwashing.
Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults. Vaccine manufacturers expect to start pediatric clinical trials soon. Recommendation for use of the vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 as follows:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥16 years
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥18 years
Yes, you should still get the vaccine. It is estimated that antibodies from natural COVID infection last at least 90 days. While studies of duration of immunity from the vaccine are still in the works, there is early evidence that antibodies from the vaccine remain for at least 3 months, and likely longer. While there is no harm in receiving the vaccine at any time after your recovery from COVID, we favor deferring vaccination for 90 days from the time of infection. This gives you the best chance to maximize your period of immunity.
Vaccines will help us fight COVID-19; however, it is still important to be S.M.A.R.T.!
Masks are mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania. Please continue to practice social distancing. This site is a resource of information about COVID-19 and updates throughout the Pocono Mountains