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All COVID vaccines are FREE for everyone living in the U.S. & do not require ID.
VACCINE POP-UP CLINICS:
Sept. 25, 12-3 pm, Montoursville Fall Festival, Indian Park, Montoursville, PA
Mobile vaccination clinics at your organization, workplace, or faith community site can be set up with River Valley Health & Dental and RiteAid.
Walk-in Vaccinations are available at River Valley Health and Dental Center and Rite Aid, Wegmans, and CVS pharmacies. Discount coupons given at Rite Aid & CVS.
Transportation: Free, Pre-scheduled Transportation to COVID vaccine appointments is available from River Valley Transit, Lyft. and Uber. STEP and Rabbittransit are providing free transportation to COVID vaccination appointments for people ages 60+ and for everyone on Medical Assistance.
PRESIDENT BIDEN’S COVID-19 ACTION PLAN:
President Biden announced a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to combat COVID-19 on Sept. 9. Get the details here.
LOCAL COVID UPDATE:
Lycoming County is reporting high (red) community levels of COVID-19 transmission. Rising cases include children and adolescents. None of the three hospitals in Lycoming County, has a pediatric ICU (so no pediatric mechanical ventilation will be possible locally), and only UPMC/Williamsport has a small inpatient pediatrics unit where children and adolescents can be treated. Youngsters requiring critical care will need to be transferred elsewhere.
Pennsylvania Mask Mandate for Schools and Day Care Centers: Pennsylvania requires masks to be worn by everyone over age 2 in all public, private, and brick and mortar charter schools as well as in licensed child care centers.
School Recommendations: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that everyone over age 2 wear masks this fall in schools, even if they have been vaccinated. C.D.C. officials also recommended universal masking for teachers, staff, students and visitors in schools, regardless of vaccination status and community transmission of the virus. Exceptions may be made for those with medical or developmental conditions that complicate mask wearing.
CDC Guidelines: The CDC. now recommends that vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public settings in communities with substantial and high transmission of the virus. Lycoming County and Clinton County are officially red – high transmission – and cases are rising in both counties. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated are encouraged to always wear a mask in indoor public places and crowded outdoor settings. Vaccinated Americans who are in contact with young children, older adults, or otherwise vulnerable people should wear masks. All persons are expected to wear masks inside local medical offices, hospitals, and nursing facilities. Masks must be worn in public transportation, airports, and bus terminals, as well as inside shelters, treatment facilities, and prisons.
The F.D.A. granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for people 16 and older. The Pfizer vaccine continues to be recommended for children 12-15 with FDA emergency approval. The CDC and PA DOH recommend that COVID-19 vaccine providers vaccinate anyone ages 12 and up. Pennsylvanians aged 16 and over are eligible to be vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), the two leading organizations representing specialists in obstetric care, recommend that all pregnant individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC recommends a third COVID-19 vaccine dose at least 28 days after their second Pfizer or Moderna dose for Americans who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
People are considered “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 2 weeks after a single-dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
COVID VARIANT UPDATE:
The Delta variant now accounts for 98.8% of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. It is twice as infectious as previous strains and is spreading fastest in counties with low vaccination rates. 97% of people hospitalized and 99% of people dying are unvaccinated. The good news for the fully vaccinated is that the current vaccines hold up well against this variant. Infections in vaccinated Americans are rare, compared with those in unvaccinated people, but when they occur, vaccinated people may spread the virus just as easily. The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause Ebola, the common cold, seasonal flu and smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox. Symptoms for the vaccinated are generally mild. Initial symptoms of the Delta variant are similar to those of a bad cold, with a runny nose, sneezing, headache and a sore throat. If you are experiencing cold-like symptoms, get tested. RiteAid and River Valley Health & Dental provide free testing locally. The more the virus spreads, the more it mutates, and even more dangerous variants can emerge. Help stop the spread of Delta and other variants by getting vaccinated.
Explanation of Updated Mask Guidance
Information for every county in the U.S. may be found on the CDC’s COVID-19 virus tracker website.