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Help Stop the Spread

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Plan To Get Vaccinated

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility
Step 2: Check for a provider near you with vaccine supply
Step 3: Call to set up your appointment
Step 4: Can’t forget your second dose!

Step 1: Confirm Your Eligibility
There is extremely limited vaccine supply across the United States. As a result, Pennsylvania must roll the vaccine out in phases — starting with those most at-risk of catching COVID and experiencing complications.

Use the vaccine eligibility quiz to determine if you are eligible to receive the vaccine and get more information about when and how to schedule your appointment.

Step 2: Check for a Provider Near You with Vaccine
Use the vaccine provider map to locate a provider near you who has the vaccine.

Step 3: Call to Set Up Your Appointment
Call or email the provider of your choice to set up your appointment.

Step 4: Can’t Forget Your Second Dose!
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are given in two doses, given a couple of weeks to a month apart. Your provider will give you a card to keep track of both of your vaccine doses. If you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will be protected with just one dose.

Wear A Mask 

In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when outside of the home. Additionally, if you have people over who do not live with you, you must wear a mask.

Members of the public should wear cloth or fabric masks and save surgical masks and N95 respirators for health care workers and first responders. Remember this saying: "My mask protects you, your mask protects me." 

How To Make a Homemade Mask

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric (100% cotton is most effective)
  • Fabric Ties
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or a needle and thread


  • Measure and cut two pieces of fabric in a rectangle pattern to fit snugly around the face (size
    12 inches by 6 inches is standard for adults).
  • Tightly sew both layers together on all edges.
  • Cut fabric ties to fit around the ears.
  • Sew the ties to the insides of the mask on the smaller edge, repeat on both sides.
  • Resew the sides to ensure a tight seal between both pieces of fabric and the earpiece.

Unable to sew? Follow these simple instructions for a no-sew mask.

Help spread the message on social media by downloading and sharing these What Type of Mask do I Need? and How to Make a Homemade Mask graphics. Learn more about universal masking

Find out more about the difference between homemade masks and masks for health care professionals.

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Download COVID Alert PA

Download COVID Alert PA to your smartphone and opt-in to receive alerts if you have had a potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Getting timely alerts can help you get advice on how to help yourself and protect others as well as determine when to get testing. It can help reduce your risk of unknowingly spreading the virus to your friends, family, and larger community.

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Practice Healthy Habits

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take in staying healthy. When you wash, make sure you: 

    1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. 
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. 
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice. 
    4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. 
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. 

If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. 

Keep Your Physical Distance

It's important to keep a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Don't Touch Your Face

Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Clean Surfaces

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces  — especially when someone is ill.