Gov. Wolf receives his first dose of the Moderna vaccine

Written by on April 20, 2021

Gov. Wolf receives his first dose of the Moderna vaccine 

By Sam Dunklau / WITF

April 20, 2021

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Family First Health Care Medical Director Dr. Asceline S. Go in York on April 19, 2021. Photo | Commonwealth Media Services

Gov. Tom Wolf received his first COVID-19 vaccination shot on April 19. He attended a clinic in York County to receive his first Moderna dose.

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Camera shutters erupted as Wolf became one of the last governors in the nation to receive a jab in the arm.

The White House says all states were to open vaccine eligibility to all adults this week.

Pennsylvania did so early last week, but for months has only been vaccinating people over 65, those with certain health problems, and essential workers most at-risk of catching the coronavirus.

Wolf says he waited because he just didn’t check any of those boxes.

“I wanted to wait in line, and so we opened everything up on Tuesday, I guess, so I made my appointment and this was the appointment,” Wolf says. 

A reporter asked how he was feeling. 

“Great!” Wolf says.

The commonwealth is now ramping up targeted public service ads to tackle vaccine hesitancy, Wolf says, something that’s starting to worry health workers and leaders.

Concern over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has already led some to cancel their appointments at the same York City clinic where Wolf received his shot.

Pennsylvania has fully vaccinated nearly three million people so far.

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