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COVID-19 Vaccines, Testing & Help For Those In Need

Navigating all of the information around COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Thanks to a grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Adagio Health is working to make it a little easier for the communities we serve.

The Department of Health has announced a new vaccine schedule in PA.

Beginning March 31, people in these categories are eligible to receive a vaccine:
  • Law enforcement, which includes police, sheriffs and deputies, constables, corrections officers and staff, as well as probation and parole staff.
  • Firefighters, including career and volunteer firefighters.
  • Grocery Store workers, including all workers in supermarkets and grocery stores.
  • Food and Agriculture workers, including all food processing company employees, including meat, poultry, and dairy processing, fresh fruit and vegetable packing operations, food manufacturing, all farmworkers, farm operators, and farm managers, including at urban agriculture operations. 
April 5, all residents in Phase 1B will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.
April 12, all residents in Phase 1C will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.
April 19, all residents will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.

“It is important to remember that eligibility does not guarantee an immediate vaccination appointment,” says Acting Health Secretary, Alison Beam. “Vaccine providers are ready and eager to get a shot in the arm of every person who wants one while we continue to aggressively advocate for more vaccine.”
 
According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
  • The CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.
  • Getting the vaccine will help keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • The CDC, FDA, and other federal partners will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines as they continue to become more broadly used in the population.
  • Results from monitoring efforts are reassuring. Some people have no side effects. Many people have reported mild side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. These reactions are common and typically short-lived.  
Find more information about COVID-19 vaccines on the PA Department of Health’s website.

There are three different COVID-19 vaccines available right now in the US. Please remember that the best vaccine for you is the one that is available to you! For more information, click here.


COVID-19 remains extremely contagious.  It is important to continue wearing masks in public as the vaccine is rolled out.  The CDC will continue to issue guidance around masks and safety over the next several months.  If you think you might have COVID-19, you can find more information about getting tested for the virus here:

Resources & Assistance

Need help right away? 
Contact PA’s Crisis Text line by texting “PA” to 741741.
BigBurgh.com  – A free site maintained by the City of Pittsburgh where users can find resources, hotlines, live help, and more.
Aunt Bertha – Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.

Food Assistance
Adagio Health WIC – Women, Infants, and Children
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Feeding Pennsylvania Food Bank Locator
Just Harvest
Pittsburgh, PA Food Pantry List

Housing Assistance
Allegheny County Housing Services
PA Emergency Rental Assistance Program
PA Housing Search
Fair Housing Partnership
Action Housing Inc.
Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh

Income Assistance
PA COMPASS – Various health and human service benefits
Benefit Finder
PA Cash Assistance
Find Your County Assistance Office
Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

Medical Assistance
Adagio Health Locations – Reproductive care, birth control, preventative health services, cancer screening, and more at no cost to you!
PA COMPASS – Various health and human service benefits
CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) – For kids and teens
Pennie Health Coverage Marketplace

Mental Health Resources
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Substance Use Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Resolve Crisis Services (Allegheny County): 1-888-796-8226
Stress & Coping

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Newborns, and COVID-19 Resources
Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns
Pregnant People and Increased Risk for COVID-19
Pregnancy and COVID-19

Translated Resources (languages other than English)
CDC Resources: 64 Language Options
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: 23 Language Options

Additional COVID-19 Resources
Your Guide to Masks
When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
People at Increased Risk – Includes people who use drugs or have Substance Use Disorder, racial and ethnic minority groups, people experiencing homelessness, people living with disabilities, and more.
Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
 
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness, potentially leading to hospitalization or even death.
 
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.
 
Seek emergency care immediately if you experience worsening symptoms and warning signs such as: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or disorientation, inability to wake or stay awake, and pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
 
If you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important that you stay home and isolate yourself from others in order to avoid spreading the virus. Even if you don’t feel sick, you can still be very contagious and spread the virus to others. You can also get a COVID-19 test to verify if you are currently infected with the virus – see the below resources section about testing for more information.
 
You can help slow the spread of COVID-19! Take these important steps to do your part to control the virus:
  • Wear a mask – Any time you leave your house, be sure to wear a mask that covers both your nose and your mouth.
  • Maintain social distance – stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone outside of your household, even when masked or outdoors.
  • Wash your hands often and properly – with soap at warm water for at lest 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine if and when you are able to!

Health Disparities & COVID-19

According to the CDC, “long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.” Factors such as discrimination, income inequality, disproportionate occupations in essential work, and access to healthcare ultimately lead to increased risk of illness, including COVID-19. These barriers must be addressed in order to allow every individual a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible!

Though we are far from achieving health equity, there are things we can do and resources that we can utilize in order to protect ourselves and support one another, leading to improvements in our communities. 



All information on this page has been gathered from reputable, factual sources including: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and The PA Department of Health (PA DOH).