Smart Talk: Prioritizing vaccine distribution

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy in mid-September. Once the Food and Drug Administration approves the emergency use authorizations for the vaccines entering that phase of their trial, then the distribution phase of thstrategy will begin.  

In anticipation of this, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released the state’s distribution plan which is organized in three phases. The expectation is that in phase one there will be limited supply of the vaccine, so the state has prioritized who should receive it first.  

Zach Shamberg is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and he appears on Smart Talk Monday to offer perspective on vaccinating long-term care workers and residents in nursing homes, assisted living and personal care homes.  

Pennsylvania has now confirmed the General Election results, officially securing the state’s 20 electoral votes for President-Elect Joe Biden  

This election was certainly one for the record books, given the uncertainties of the global pandemic and nation-wide use of mail-in ballots. Pennsylvania counties can now take a moment consider how lessons from this election can improve future elections 

Lisa Schaefer is the Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and she, along with Forrest Lehman, Director of Elections and Registration, Lycoming County, join Smart Talk to discuss how counties can partner and develop meaningful improvements for future elections.  



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