Yesterday the commonwealth announced the fourth revision of their COVID-19 vaccination plan.
The first shipments of vaccine to Pennsylvania are being given to health care workers, and through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership with information, people working and residing in the state’s long-term care facilities have also begun to receive the vaccine.
“Vaccinations are an important tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have done a lot of hard work to facilitate a smooth, strategic vaccine rollout,” Gov. Wolf said. “But most of the vaccine distribution process is controlled by the federal government and unfortunately, that
means there are a lot of unknowns.”
There are approximately 1 million healthcare personnel and long term care facility staff and residents that are prioritized in Phase 1A.
Another phase was announced in vaccine distribution that includes frontline essentials workers that can’t work remotely such as Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue Personnel, National Guard responders that were not vaccinated in 1A, Correctional Officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings, USPS Workers, Education Staff (primarily teachers and support staff), Grocery Store Workers, and Individuals caring for children or adults in Early Childhood and Adult Day Programs.
Phase 1C includes people at high risk for severe diseases such as people aged 65-74, people aged 16-64 with any conditions linked here, and people in an immunocompromised state. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one currently approved for people aged 16-17.
Phase 1C also includes Transportation and logistics Water and Wastewater, Food Service, Housing Construction, Finance, including bank tellers, Information technology, Communications, Energy, including Nuclear Reactors, Legal Services, Federal, state, county, and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff, Media, Public Safety, Public Health Workers.
The general population ages 16 years and older will be able to get vaccinated in phase 2 which Dr. Rachel Levine predicts could begin by late spring or early summer.