Pa. Department of Health to lift statewide mask order next month

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(WKBN) – Pennsylvania’s mask order will be lifted by June 28, Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam announced Thursday during a press conference.

Beam said the order will be lifted by then or when 70% of adults get their second dose of the vaccine, whichever comes first.

“Yesterday we hit a milestone with 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of vaccine,” she said. “That’s a strong indicator that we are on track to get at least that many getting both doses by the end of June.”

To date, 52.7% of the 18 and older population are fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, 97.7% of Pennsylvanians over 65 have received at least one dose of vaccine.

All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. People can find vaccination locations near them using Vaccines.gov, also known as Vaccine Finder.

Individuals also can text their zip code to GETVAX (438829) for English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish and receive three possible vaccination sites in their area.

Once the statewide masking order is lifted, Pennsylvania will continue to follow the CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

The CDC requires individuals to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations.

In addition, all individuals should still follow guidance at workplaces, local businesses, long-term care facilities, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

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