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Secretary of Agriculture Encourages Rural Pennsylvanians to Take Advantage of Vaccine Clinics at Agricultural Fairs and Events

08/19/2021

Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today encouraged rural Pennsylvanians to take advantage of the multitude of free COVID-19 vaccine clinics taking place at Pennsylvania's upcoming agricultural fairs and events.

"The joy of attending your local county fair is incomparable. Enjoying the tastes of local food provided by area farmers, hands-on opportunities for kids to grow their interest and skills in agriculture, and the truest sense of community," said Redding. "The future of fairs, agriculture, and food security all rely on the decisions we make today. Decisions to take responsibility through dedication to ag education, steps to make business and transition plans for your farm, and stepping up for the COVID-19 vaccine for the health of your family and community.

"Keep Pennsylvania moving forward and agriculture reliable by taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine clinics available at county fairs. It's a quick shot for you, but a big shot for your community."

COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect against the virus, including new variants. Data shows that vaccines provide protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death.

The following agricultural fairs and events are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the next week:

Community vaccine events, like those being offered at Pennsylvania's county fairs, are critical to reaching the public and offering protection to all Pennsylvanians. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health urges Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing masks when required by law, rule and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. Pennsylvanians in counties with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19 should wear a mask indoors in public situations.

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians: 

  • All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
  • A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.
  • Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.
  • The Unite Against COVID Weekly Update is a round-up of news you can use and answers to your most pressing vaccine questions – delivered directly to your inbox every week.
  • Frequently asked questions can be found here.

MEDIA CONTACTS:    

Shannon Powers, Agriculture, shpowers@pa.gov

Mark O'Neill, Health, ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov

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