COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE TO ALL PERSONS AGES 16 AND OVER
Everyone 16 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination in Pennsylvania and many states! Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Click here to see more information from the CDC.
What Phase Do I Fall Into?
PHASE 1A [Current Phase]
Phase 1A is the first vaccine distribution step. The vaccine is currently being distributed to:
- Long-term care facility residents
- Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
- Emergency medical service personnel
- Nursing assistants
- Dental hygienists
- 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:
- 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 < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 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
All individuals not previously covered who are 16 and older and do not have a contraindication to the vaccine (note that at this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech product is approved for those age 16 and 17)
Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Ready?
Two major pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna, have released data with reports of efficacy over 94%. Emergency Authorization has been granted and both of the vaccines have been given to over 2 million Americans so far in the country.
Will Our Office Get the Vaccine?
At this time, we do not have any information regarding the availability of the vaccine to offices, clinics, city health departments, etc… It is too soon to know when they will be widely available to the general public.
Do We Have a Preferred List?
We have not decided to create a wait list for the vaccine as we still have very little information on how it will be distributed, if at all, to medical offices in 2021. The vaccines need to be stored in extremely low temperatures in special refrigerators that poses a very difficult logistic to many offices, including pharmacies.
How Much Will it Cost?
At this time, we do not have information regarding insurance coverage, cost, or out-of-pocket expenses.