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Last Updated: 8/2/2021 at 7:53am
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.
PA Updated Mask Guidance - June 28, 2021
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Visit VaccineFinder.org to find out where to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in PA. For more information call (877) 724-3258 or (877) PA-HEALTH.
All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19 as seen in clinical trial settings. Research provides growing evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines offer similar protection in real world conditions. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic and helps protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and might also help protect people around them. Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective. Experts continue to monitor and evaluate how often this occurs, how severe their illness is, and how likely a vaccinated person is to spread COVID-19 to others.
We are in Phase 2 of Pennsylvania's vaccine rollout. All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit VaccineFinder.org to find vaccination providers near you.
To learn information as it becomes available, visit the PA DOH vaccination information page or CDC vaccination page.
Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection.
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses who had no evidence of being previously infected.
- Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine: On April 23, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Health notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers that the pause in administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine has been lifted. Trials reported overall effectiveness of 66% (72% in the US) in preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.
Does the COVID-19 vaccine require two doses?
- Pifizer-BioTech and Moderna require you 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. The second dose is the same dosage as the first, and it must be from the same manufacturer.
- Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) require 1 shot to be given.
Can I stop masking and physical distancing if I get vaccinated? If you are fully vaccinated you can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.
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 ≥12years
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥18 years
- Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥18 years
The CDC recommends people who have already had COVID-19 still get vaccinated. That's because the vaccine could create a bigger immune response, which better prepares the body to fight off the coronavirus in the future. Plus, the threat of a severe COVID-19 infection outweighs any benefits of natural immunity.
Vaccines will help us fight COVID-19; however, it is still important to be S.M.A.R.T.!
Pennsylvanians should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance and policies. In addition, all individuals should still follow guidance at workplaces, local businesses, long-term and residential care facilities, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
This site is a resource of information about COVID-19 and updates throughout the Pocono Mountains