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Pa DOH and COVID-19 Vaccine

As of right now the Department of Health isn’t too sure how they’ll distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. Officials say they’d prefer to see the vaccine pass stage 3 trials before administering it.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a COVID-19 vaccine could be available earlier than expected if ongoing clinical trials produce overwhelmingly positive results.

But according to Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, she’d prefer to see the vaccine pass stage 3 trials.]

“In a discussion with other state health leaders we feel better if a vaccine has completed it’s stage 3 trials, is that a completes all testing for safety and effectiveness,” she said.

As of right now Dr. Levine said she doesn’t know how the state will distribute or administer the vaccine.

“We have regular discussions with the CDC in terms of how the vaccine rolls out, what is the logistics of how a vaccine rolls out,” she said.

Some factors she said will play a part, is if the vaccine has to be frozen or whether the vaccine will be distributed to pharmacies.

She said it’s hard to speculate weeks out without having a vaccine that’s completed all of its trials.

“There are vaccines that have to be kept frozen, there are others that have to be kept cold and not frozen, there are others that don’t distribution will be different for all three,” Dr. Levine said.

She also said vaccines that require various doses will play a factor.

At this time, Dr. Levine said they don’t know if this vaccine will be like the flu vaccine, providing a certain amount of protection.

She said they are partnering with state agencies on a vaccine distribution plan.

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