EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — As the Pennsylvania government races to meet demand for COVID-19 vaccines, a phased rollout plan is in effect.
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Currently, the commonwealth is providing both, the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines which have been approved for emergency use in the United States. Each vaccine requires two doses, spread three to four weeks apart. The doses are currently being shipped to hospitals across the state which then provide the vaccinations following the phased approach.
An interim plan published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health breaks down the rollout into three phases, beginning with Phase 1A which focuses on vaccinating those most vulnerable to the virus and ending with Phase 3 when supply of the vaccine would meet demand enough to provide it to the general public. Currently, the plan in affect is the fifth iteration as the state had gone through several changes concerning the logistics of vaccine rollout.
During Phase 1A, the Department of Health is prioritizing long term care facilities and those that work inside of them. Recently, those with life threatening conditions were added to Phase 1A. During Phase 1B, the vaccine will be available to a broader range of first reponders and critical personnel including teachers and police. Phase 1C includes more essential workers and elected officials.
Phase 2 of the rollout is when the vaccine will become available to everyone and likely accessible at a pharmacy.
Vaccination rollout also depends on county. See the chart below to check the number of vaccinations in each area.
Phase 1A (Current)
Long-term care facility residents
Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients
Persons ages 65 and older
- Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
- Emergency medical service personnel
- Nursing assistants
- Dental hygienists
- Pharmacy technicians
- Health professions students and trainees
- Direct support professionals
- Clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities
- Contractual HCP not directly employed by the health care facility
- Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and community-based services
- First responders
- Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
- Food and agricultural workers
- Manufacturing workers
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Grocery store workers
- Education workers
- Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
- Public transit workers
- Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs
Essential workers in these sectors:
- Transportation and logistics
- Water and wastewater
- Food service
- Housing construction
- Finance, including bank tellers
- Information technology
- Energy, including nuclear reactors
- Legal services
- Federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff
- Public safety
- Public health workers