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​COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Commonwealth Employees

As a commonwealth employee, you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and how to get it. Pennsylvania is in a phased roll-out plan for the COVID-19 vaccine as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You should determine your eligibility for the current phase and make a plan that best suits your situation. Please refer to the Department of Health's website for general COVID-19 vaccine information and FAQs.

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When can I get the vaccine?

​Will the vaccine be offered at my worksite?

​The eligibility quiz on and the vaccine provider map on the DOH website do not work for me. Are they broken?

​Will my agency require me to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

​Do I need to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it covered under my health benefits?

​Do I have to use leave to get the vaccine at an offsite location?

​My vaccine provider is requesting proof of my job, what should I do?

​Will I be required to return to my worksite from telework because I got the COVID-19 vaccine?

​My workplace is offering vaccines on site. What if I am not scheduled to work on the day that on-site vaccinations are offered?

​Should I keep working or return to work if I experience side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

If I have a reaction to the vaccine or develop side effects, what type of leave can I use?

​Can I stop other preventive measures at work, such as social distancing and wearing masks, after I get both doses of the vaccine?

​If I receive both doses of the vaccine and identified as a close contact of a positive case, must I still quarantine? (Updated 2/12/21)

​If I have been vaccinated, do I still need to quarantine after traveling outside PA? (updated 2/16/21)