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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses. The COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to Pennsylvanians in a phased approach. [Pennsylvania Department of Health Website] PA DOH.

  • To see where you qualify in each Phase, please visit the COVID Vaccine Dashboard linked here.
  • If you meet the criteria of PHASE 1A, you may contact a local provider utilizing the COVID vaccine provider map linked here.
    1. Simply go to the interactive map, enter your preferred location in the top left search area and locations providing the vaccine will have a green pin.
    2. Once you locate a provider in your area, click on the green pin and the provider information will populate.
    3. Call the facility and make arrangements to get on their vaccination schedule.
  • NOTE: If you need a letter of verification of employment to receive the vaccine, you may reach out to your recruiter of Human Resources to request your letter.

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For anyone located close to a UPMC facility in Pennsylvania, please read and follow the directions below to submit a request to be vaccinated.

Under Pennsylvania's Phase 1a, people over 65 and people age 16-64 with medical conditions that put them at risk of COVID-19 complications are eligible for the vaccine.

With limited vaccine supply, UPMC has been focused on those most severely affected by the pandemic. This includes the oldest members of our communities and people who have limited access to medical care and services. This is an important step in reducing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 and bringing the pandemic under control. We also are focused on partnering with community organizations to reach those with limited access to technology like computers, smartphones, and the internet.

UPMC continues to provide thousands of vaccines each week to frontline health care workers who are not associated with UPMC or another hospital or health system. This includes dentists, orthodontists, home health care workers, mental health professionals, and many more. And vaccines for community members are currently taking place at more than 20 UPMC clinics across the state.

Can I register to get the vaccine?

If you meet the Pennsylvania Department Health's Phase 1a criteria, you can register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from UPMC at Vaccine.UPMC.com.

After registering, we will contact you to collect important health information in preparation for your vaccine, as well as to schedule an appointment when the vaccine is available.

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When You've Been Fully Vaccinated

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine


If you've been fully vaccinated :

You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting relatives who all live together) without masks unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.


If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don't have symptoms.


To learn more about the fully vaccinated guidelines, please visit the CDC website here. 

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How to Take Off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Gear

When putting on or taking off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), it's essential to follow proper procedures. Before caring for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, make sure you have adequate training on the limitations of PPE, proper care, maintenance and disposal. 

To learn more, watch the video here and review the document below.

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Infection Risk

With the risk of COVID-19 infection, we encourage all members of our community to: 

  • Remain calm and stay informed.
  • Utilize reputable sources of information such as the CDC, the ACHD, the PDH and this web page.
  • Practice standard wellness prevention procedures shared in this informational web page.
  • If feeling sick, follow the steps as outlined below.
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Best Hygiene Practices

In response to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, employees are reminded to adhere to the following hygiene practices to maintain a clean environment:

  • Wash hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, eating, and touching surfaces in public places.
  • If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol, when coming into contact with door handles, railings or shared spaces.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth. Avoid shaking hands.
  • Wipe down areas used before and after meal prepping and eating (break rooms, office spaces, etc.).
  • Wipe down commonly used items such as cell phones, office phones, writing utensils, computer mouse and keyboard carried in and out of the home, stethoscopes, and BP cuffs, etc.
  • Sneeze/cough into elbow/arm NOT your hands.
  • Please wear a face mask as directed by the Gov. Wolf Order
  • Utilize these same precautions when at home and in your personal life as you do in the workplace.
  • Practice "Social Distancing" by staying at least 6 feet away from others. 
  • The White House Coronavirus task force recommended no gatherings of more than 10 people. 
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If an employee is sick, especially with the following symptoms, DNA asks that you remain at home until symptoms have subsided. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.


Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness. 

This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

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Symptom Checker

Use the CDC Online Tool to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care. 

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High Risk Travelers

  • Ongoing community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • All travelers should monitor their health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning from travel.
  • Travelers who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care

COVID-19 Information for Travelers Planning to Travel Outside of Pennsylvania

As of March 1, 2021 the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating To Travel is no longer in effect. Travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene.
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When to Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately: 

  • Trouble breathing 
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest 
  • New confusion or inability to arouse 
  • Bluish lips or face 

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. 

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives. 

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What To Do If You Are Sick

If an employee is sick with the symptoms listed above, they are encouraged to:

  • Self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Seek medical opinion at an Urgent Care, Emergency Room or Primary Care Physician. Please call ahead to explain your symptoms. (PLEASE call ahead before going to an office).
  • Receive medical documentation that they are cleared to return to work.
  • Healthcare employees are expected to follow the appropriate Call Off procedures including notifying their branch/recruiter and providing documentation for absences.
  • Call 1-877-PA- HEALTH (1-877-724-3258), or your local Department of Health, for consultation, support services and guidance.
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Return To Work Guidelines

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If COVID-19 spreads to one of our home health communities, a plan has been created and instructions will follow.
Until then, we encourage all employees to follow the above guidelines and practice effective hygiene techniques.


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