30,000 Pennsylvanians have died from COVID-19, health department says

HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than 30,000 Pennsylvanians have died from COVID-19, according to the Pennsylvania Health Department.

Since vaccines have been available, 97-percent of COVID-19 related deaths have been among people who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated at all.

The state also has just under 1.5-million cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic last year.

An FDA advisory panel meets Thursday and Friday to consider whether to approve booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. A final decision would come from the CDC and likely wouldn’t happen for at least another week.