More than 400,000 vaccine doses shipped to Pa. after delays

Written by on February 24, 2021

More than 400,000 vaccine doses shipped to Pa. after delays

By  Brett Sholtis / Transforming Health / WITF

February 24 2021

Photo |AP /Gene J. Puskar

A massive shipment of COVID-19 vaccines this week is helping to get Pennsylvania back on track following last week’s delays. 

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The state said last week that a miscommunication between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and COVID-19 vaccine providers would cause delays for some people who have appointments to get the vaccine. 

Then snow storms hit much of the U.S. causing more delays. 

But Lindsey Maulden, a senior advisor at the Health Department, says this week the state is seeing more than 225,000 vaccines allocated as first doses.

“That is the highest single-week allotment of doses Pennsylvania has seen so far. It is an increase of 42,000 doses,” Mauldin says. 

More than 400,000 doses total are being shipped to the Commonwealth this week, Maulden says.

Gov. Tom Wolf says with the state’s plan and the influx of vaccines, people in need of their second doses are still on track to get them within the six-week window recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The snowstorms throughout different parts of the country did delay by a couple of days, but I think they figure by Friday they should be all caught up just with this week’s allocation, then we should be all back to normal,” Wolf says. 

Wolf also says more than 315,000 doses of vaccine have been administered at Pennsylvania long-term care facilities through a partnership with pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens.  

Vaccine allocations for nursing homes are separate from those accessible to others. More than 12,000 nursing home residents in PA have died from COVID-19, more than half of all deaths from the virus in the Commonwealth. 

Residents and staff at more than 600 nursing homes across Pennsylvania have been fully vaccinated, Wolf says. 

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