Vaccine Information and Resources
Updated Guidelines on Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
On Sept. 21, Acting Secretary of the PA Department of Health Alison Beam signed an order that would allow vaccine providers to administer COVID-19 booster shots in Pennsylvania when the CDC authorizes it. The order specifies that vaccination providers must provide online scheduling for vaccinations, offer same-day appointments, and work with Area Agencies on Aging and Medical Assistance Managed Care Organizations to help eligible adults that cannot leave their homes. During a news conference, Beam stated, “Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing booster shots as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it.” The order is available here.
As of August 2021, the Delta variant has led to another wave of COVID-19 cases throughout the nation. While Pennsylvania ranks among the top 10 states in terms of first doses administered, the Wolf administration is doubling down on efforts to get more Pennsylvanians to complete their vaccine series and help prevent the spread of the virus. The PA Chamber is also urging business owners to get vaccinated and to encourage the people in their workplaces and communities to do the same. An updated vaccination guide is available here.
The new guidance is also requiring Commonwealth employees in state health care facilities and high-risk congregate care facilities to either be fully vaccinated by September 7, 2021, or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Additionally, by September 7, all new external hires in these facilities must be vaccinated before September 7 before commencing employment.
The end of PA’s economic crisis will only come at the end of our public health crisis. That’s why the PA Chamber is working to promote the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination across Pennsylvania communities. We’re doing this by:
- Countering myths with facts
- Educating populations who are experiencing vaccine skepticism
- Promoting vaccines among employers and workers
It’s been our honor throughout this pandemic to provide the most updated and fact-based information from trusted sources including the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Chamber, the state Department of Health and more. The PA Chamber continues to provide the same level of high quality information regarding the distribution of vaccines as we work together to build healthier communities and a stronger economy.
Already Received Your Vaccine?
Thank you for doing your part to help build safer, healthier communities! Please visit the CDC website for the latest guidelines for those who have already been vaccinated.
A Breakdown of PA’s Vaccine Distribution Plan
Phase 1A was updated on March 31, 2021 to include law enforcement officers and staff, as well as probation and parole staff; firefighters; grocery store workers; and food and agriculture workers.
This vaccine phase also comprises healthcare workers, that include, but are not limited to: emergency medical service personnel, nurses, nursing assistants, physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, technicians, chiropractors, therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, 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, and other persons when working in health care settings, such as regulatory staff who perform on-site assessments in hospitals and 1A long-term care facilities, long-term care ombudsmen, Older Adult Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services staff that are required to do on-site assessments in hospitals and 1A long-term care facilities, and volunteer personnel not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients. Phase 1A also includes anyone over age 65 and people ages 16-64 with serious medical conditions that make them more at risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 – including people who have conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cancer, sickle cell disease and chronic kidney disease. Pregnant women are also included in this group.
- People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and community-based services
- Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Manufacturing 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: At this time only the Pfizer-BioNTech product is approved for those age 16 and 17.)
Resources for Employers
Join the U.S. Chamber’s “Rally for Recovery” commitment as we collectively work to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic!
The long-term economic recovery for Pennsylvania and the nation depends on safe and innovative strategies to deploy the life-saving COVID-19 vaccines broadly, and employers must play a pivotal role in this effort. In partnership with government and public health agencies, employers can provide a key source of support when it comes to community access and engagement, addressing vaccine acceptance and other key factors for adoption.
The U.S. Chamber has developed a digital resource center for job creators to aid in our collective goal of widespread distribution of the COVID vaccines. On this site, employers can find helpful information on:
- Developing a Vaccine Strategy
- Communicating About Vaccines
- Vaccine Safety & Efficacy Information
- Worksite Clinic Resources
The distribution of COVID vaccines is a critical component to putting the pandemic in our collective review mirror and beginning the process of economic recovery.