Vaccine Information and Resources
At-Home Covid Tests Now Available for Free
Testing is an important tool to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that Americans use at-home tests if they begin to have symptoms, at least five days after coming into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are gathering indoors with a group of people who are at risk of severe disease or unvaccinated. To help ensure Americans have tests on hand if a need arises, the Biden Administration has purchased one billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to mail for free directly to American households; a half billion became available on Jan. 18. Orders can be placed here: https://www.covidtests.gov
Omicron and Boosters
The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. The PA Chamber continues to urge business owners to get vaccinated and to encourage their employees to do the same.
The PA Chamber continues to promote the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination communities statewide. We’re doing this by:
Vaccine Approval for Children
All Pennsylvanians age 5 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Nov. 2, 2021, with parental consent, children ages 5 through 11 may now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more from the PA Department of Health about the pediatric vaccine.
Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all individuals 18 years or older who have already received the vaccine. The CDC has also approved the “mix and matching” of vaccine boosters. Eligible individuals can choose between the three FDA-approved versions (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen), regardless of which vaccine they originally received.
As of Dec. 10, 2021, the CDC has also expanded COVID-19 booster recommendations to 16- and 17-year-olds.
Learn more about booster shots on the CDC website.
Where can I get boosted? Click here for a list of sites or TEXT your ZIP code to 43882.
Already vaccinated but need a copy of your immunization card?
Complete an authorization of record release from the PA Department of Health.
Be aware of scams.
The federal government is providing vaccines free of charge to everyone 5 years and older living in the U.S., regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.
Travel Requirements from the CDC
Traveling internationally? Starting Dec. 6, 2021, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.
According to CDC guidelines, do NOT travel if…
- You have been exposed to COVID-19, unless you are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
- You are sick.
- You tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t ended isolation (even if you are fully vaccinated).
- You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. If your test comes back positive while you are at your destination, you will need to isolate and postpone your return until it’s safe for you to end isolation. Your travel companions may need to self-quarantine.
Stay up-to-date on travel requirements on the CDC website.
The Rally for Recovery Commitment – Take the Pledge!
America’s business community plays a critical role in combating the pandemic. Join the U.S. Chamber’s “Rally for Recovery” commitment as we collectively work to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.