Pennsylvania updates COVID-19 vaccination plan

Pennsylvania updates COVID-19 vaccination plan

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania has updated its COVID-19 vaccination plan, Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine announced Friday.

The state has received 827,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinated 235,000 people, but Levine said the data is lagging and it is likely that more people have been vaccinated.

The first shipments of vaccine are being given to health care workers and people working and residing in the state’s long-term care facilities.

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In the update announced Friday, Phase 1A has been further defined to identify specific health care providers. Phase 1B is now a larger group of people that includes people who are 75 years old and older, people with significant health issues, essential workers, first responders, teachers, grocery store workers, corrections officers, postal workers, manufacturing workers, public transit employees and members of the clergy.

The update creates a Phase 1C that includes people who are age 65-74 years of age and people with high-risk conditions like cancer and COPD, heart conditions, pregnant women, bankers, elected leaders, government workers, court employees and essential workers not included in previous phases.

Phase 2 includes anyone who was not covered in previous phases and is 16 years or older. They will be vaccinated when more vaccine is available.

FDA warns against delaying, changing COVID-19 vaccine dosage schedules