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Vaccinate NEPA: Pennsylvanians in Phase 1C now eligible, including bank tellers

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A big announcement Monday regarding who can get the COVID vaccine in Pennsylvania.

All residents 16 and older are eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday. It’s certainly felt like a long time coming but Pennsylvania has pushed up it’s edibility for all adult residents to Tuesday. That’s nearly a week earlier than originally planned.

“Starting tomorrow, all Pennsylvanians ages 16 and older will be eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment,” Acting Secretary of Health Allison Beam said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Monday they are accelerating their plan to vaccinate all Pennsylvanians to match the president’s.

Governor Wolf stating quote: “Just as President Biden has brought forward universal adult access to vaccines from May 1 to April 19, we are moving Pennsylvania’s timeline of universal adult access to April 13.”

Eyewitness News stopped by The Avenue in Wyoming Monday morning where customers are glad to hear more and more people can get the shot.

“It’s good for everybody you know and more peace of mind of getting out and all that stuff, it’s a good thing,” customer Joe Emerick said.

Dave Krappa owner of The Avenue, says as the vaccine eligibility opens up he sees people are already more optimistic.

“You can see the attitude starting to change with our customers is a little bit better. They’re smiling more, our staff is smiling more, it’s a victory every week,” Krappa said.

“You take it one day at a time,” Wilkes-Barre resident Judy Gelsleichter said.

Eyewitness News found Gelsleichter at Choice One Credit Union in Wilkes-Barre who’s on top of the latest news from the state health department. She tells us how she feels about the news.

“Very good, in fact I told my son today, you call one of the places and go and get it,” Gelsleichter said.

“I just can’t wait to get back to normal,” Emerick said.

But this Vietnam War veteran and his support dog Lilly tell us it just doesn’t feel like it just yet.

“Not like this, not when you have to wear a mask. It’s all a reminder,” Emerick said.

New today all Pennsylvanians 16 and older will be able to schedule an appointment starting tomorrow.

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