COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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Shipments of the COVID-19 vaccines are arriving in Butler County!  
This is very welcomed news and an opportunity for 
residents of Butler County to go on the offense against COVID-19! 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) in coordination with the 
Center of Disease Control (CDC) urges EVERYONE to receive the vaccine, 
but ask to patiently wait their turn so that those most at risk and in need can get it.
Below you will find frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you and your family be better informed about the vaccine and to make informed decisions what it comes time for you to be vaccinated.
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  1. Are the Vaccines SAFE?
  2. Will the Vaccine make Me Sick?
  3. Does the Vaccine give you COVID?
  4. Do I need the vaccine if I already had COVID?
  5. Who should get the Vaccine?
  6. Am I Eligible Yet?

In the United States, COVID vaccines are currently being approved under emergency use authorizations (EUA) from the FDA before they can be distributed. The EUA is supported by a Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) declaration that circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To gain EUA approval, the vaccine manufacturers must present data from clinical trials showing that the vaccine is effective and safe based on all data collected to date.

The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine on December 11, 2020, and the Moderna vaccine on December 18, 2020. The data from the clinical trials for these two vaccines support their safety.

Since its release in England, Canada and here in the US, the Pfizer vaccine has already been given to tens of thousands of individuals and that experience so far confirms the safety. There are robust plans in place to continue to monitor safety as those vaccines are rolled out across the world.

  1. How's the Vaccine Distributed?
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  3. Who is in Phase 1A?
  4. Who is Phase 1B?
  5. Who is in Phase 1C?
  6. Who is in Phase 2?

The Health Department will follow the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health phases for vaccine distribution. A full description of each phase and a list of those included in each phase can be found in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan which can be found on the state's COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.

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WHERE CAN I FIND A VACCINE PROVIDER TO GET VACCINATED? And, Where in Butler County?

Currently, in Butler County, the vaccination is available only through Butler Health System and UPMC Cranberry. These are facilities who have the ability to meet the storage requirements of the vaccine. You cannot walk in to receive a vaccination, YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT no matter where you go.  The PADOH has asked all Pennsylvanians to practice patience and to receive the vaccine in the county in which they reside. This is a massive and complex operation which requires patience on our part. Those who want a vaccine will be able to get a vaccine, but it will take months not weeks to complete the distribution process.

 As additional vaccine is approved for distribution by other pharmaceutical companies, availability will expand to additional providers. According to the Department of Health, they have a partnership with both Topco (Giant Eagle pharmacies) and RiteAid in Pennsylvania who will be the next providers to come online with vaccine.  Again, when it is available.

To learn more about Butler Health System's vaccination plan, testing information and scheduling, please click here.

To learn more about UPMC Cranberry's vaccination plan, testing information and scheduling, please click here.

For a comprehensive state, updated list click on the coronavirus picture on the left, to view the PADOH map and find a place to schedule your vaccine. Please use the information the provider has listed for connecting with them.