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Vaccinate NEPA: Vaccine Phase 1C opens in Pennsylvania, making local restaurant workers eligible

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EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — More Pennsylvanians are eligible for the COVID vaccine this week.

Monday, Pennsylvania officially moved to phase 1C. The Pennsylvania Department of Health also announced made a big announcement regarding everyone else.

A big announcement. All Pennsylvanians 16 and older will be able to schedule an appointment starting Tuesday. Let’s first talk about the essential workers in phase 1C who have been waiting for their turn to make an appointment and finally made it to that mark Monday.

“Everyday it changes,” The Avenue owner Dave Krappa said.

Essential workers in Pennsylvania’s phase 1C became eligible Monday to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

That includes restaurant workers like those at The Avenue in Wyoming which has stayed open throughout the pandemic.

“We changed our model for a while. We did takeout only, now we’re at 75 percent capacity, but we need to get back to 100 percent,” Krappa said.

Meanwhile the Department of Health announced Monday they are accelerating their plan to vaccinate all Pennsylvanians.

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

Governor Wolf stating quote: “We need to maintain acceleration of the vaccine rollout, especially as case counts and hospitalization rates have increased.”

Essential workers like one bank teller in Plains who is aware of the latest spike in cases. She got one of two doses already, which makes her feel a little more comfortable back at work.

“Yeah a little, takes the ease off because like I said it’s still rising,” Lorraine Griffiths of Universal Services said.

Monday Choice One Community Credit Union reopened in-person banking, the same day bank tellers became eligible to be vaccinated in phase 1C.

“To have our staff as well as members being vaccinated saves on that concern of people getting sick from so we were happy that we are at this stage now, ” Choice One Community Credit Union president & CEO Tom Smith said.

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

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