Pennsylvania hospitals vaccinate more than 1,200 front line health care workers

Written by on December 18, 2020

Pennsylvania hospitals vaccinate more than 1,200 front line health care workers

By Hayden Mitman

December 18, 2020

Photo | Rick Wilson/AP Photo

Vaccine deliveries have landed in Pennsylvania and across the country – but the state’s top health official says the process of inoculating the population is just beginning.

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As healthcare workers begin administering the coronavirus vaccine, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine says that all hospitals on the initial state list will have the vaccine by the end of the day today. 

“16 hospitals have received the vaccine, and have begun administering the vaccine to health care workers. 1,205 doses of the vaccine have been delivered today and so far, we’ve had no reports of adverse side effects.” 

Levine says things moved smoothly over the last three days as deliveries rolled out – and Wednesday’s snowstorm did not cause delays.

Healthcare workers will be the first to receive the vaccine, but, in the coming weeks, the next phases will prioritize  residents of long term care facilities and first responders. However, the general public, she said, might not receive the vaccine until late spring. 

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