70% of Pennsylvanians have now had at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine

PITTSBURGH — On the North Shore, it’s beginning to look like 2019, before we became familiar with the term “pandemic.”

“We’re really glad things are opening up We weren’t excited about the way it was closed down anyway. It’s much better,” James O’Brien who lives in Observatory Hill said.

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After months of struggling with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the inability to keep up with demand, Pennsylvania is now one of only a dozen states to reach 70% of adults with at least one dose. As of Wednesday, more than 56% of adults were fully vaccinated according to the Department of Health.

“It’s actually ahead of what we predicted in the early days when the vaccine was so hard to come by,” said Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher, vice chair of Allegheny Health Network’s Primary Care Institute.

She said she’s happy with the progress the state has made over the last few months. AHN is still seeing severe COVID-19 cases among people who are not fully vaccinated and the push to get shots into arms must continue.

“I think the specter of variants that aren’t fully captured by current vaccines are always on the horizon, which is why I think it’s important we don’t give up our current enthusiasm and work to continue to vaccinate people,” said Crawford-Faucher.

The only statewide restriction in the state right now is the mask requirement for people who are not fully vaccinated. That will be lifted on June 28 or when 70% of adults are fully vaccinated.