As part of the state’s accelerated phased rollout plan starting today law enforcement, firefighters, grocery store workers, food & agriculture workers are eligible to receive vaccine.
On April 5th, all residents in Phase 1B will be eligible to receive the vaccine then on April 12th all residents in Phase 1C will be eligible to receive their vaccine.
On April 19th, all Pennsylvanians regardless of their phase designation can receive the vaccine.
The Secretary of Health saying that the recent approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is allowing the state to get through these phases.
“So we have really been able to be in a different playing field than we were in January when we talked about Phase 1A and really growing it at that point. The supply projections and especially with the increased approval of the Johnson vaccine have allowed us to more quickly accelerate what really was our planned progression for many of these phases,” said Allison Beam, Secretary of Health.
Penn Highlands Healthcare is moving forward on the state’s vaccine rollout plan.
“Our weekly doses average between 4-6,000 doses across the Penn Highlands network so as long as we are able to continue to get the product in our strategy will be to continue the same amount of vaccines getting in arms,” said Megan Bussard, Ast. Vice President of Physician Network/COVID-19 Vaccine Coordinator for Penn Highlands.
Bussard said typically they schedule vaccine appointments a week ahead of time but as they continue to receive that set amount of the Pfizer vaccines, clinics can be scheduled further out.
She said they’ll start calling individuals who are on the Phase 1B/1C waiting list for their next clinic on April 5th, then future appointments for clinics will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
“We have been extremely fortunate to get over 56,000 doses in arms at this point and we’re just excited to continue on and immunize everyone that wants a vaccine at this point,” said Bussard.
Conemaugh Medical Center is also making arrangements for these plans.
They released this statement that said, “The state’s updated guidelines for vaccine distribution are a positive development in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Contingent upon allocation and availability of the vaccine, we are prepared and ready to vaccinate as many members of our community as possible. Next week, we will begin facilitating vaccinations at our East Hills Outpatient Center.”
Mt. Nittany Health officials said they have over 5,000 future vaccine appointments schedules and they’re eager to vaccinate those who would like a vaccine.