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70% of Workers Vaccinated

Mark Norman, Chief Operating Officer for Penn Highlands, said 70% of their staff has already received their vaccinations.

“We have conducted approximately 10,000 first and second dose vaccinations across the region and are expecting to conduct another 2,000 this week,” said Norman.

With the recent additions to the Phase 1A group, Norman said they are in the process of vaccinating the 75 and older age group because they’re the most vulnerable.

“We are estimating that they’re are approximately 100,000 people in these groups across the Penn Highlands primary service area,” he said.

As of yesterday, officials said they’re down to 39 positive patients across the health system.

Though this decrease is good, they said we’re not out of the woods yet.

“It’s too early in the vaccination process to say that the recent decline is cause of vaccine itself,” said Dr. Shaun Sheehan, Director of Emergency Medical Services.

With new COVID-19 variants appearing across the country, Dr. Sheehan said this vaccine is critical.

Though the mutation of viruses isn’t unusual, he said the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine is proven to be 95% effective in the battle against COVID-19.

“Even if it’s not as of effective against this newer strain it’s still going to be very effective, nobody knows for sure yet but that’s the current thinking” he said.

With a limited supply of vaccines, officials ask the public to be patient during this time.

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