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The FDA expands vaccine eligibility to kids, but uncertainty remains

Also on the program: Counties grapple with a decline in community emergency services

School nurse administering a vaccine to a masked student.


School nurse administering a vaccine to a masked student.

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Airdate: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and trials are underway to gauge their safety on kids as young as six.

As schools wrap up for the summer break planning will begin for the next school year, as most, if not all schools, go back to in-person learning.

With rapidly changing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding vaccines and masking, it is no wonder that parents have questions about the best course of action for their families.

Dr. Jessica Ericson, MD, is a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist at Penn State Children’s Hospital and she appears on Smart Talk Tuesday to answer questions about the COVID vaccine and keeping kids safe.

Counties grapple with a decline in community emergency services

County commissioners in Pennsylvania are calling the lack of emergency medical services a crisis situation. They hope that by banding together to draw attention to the problem they might find solutions.

One solution includes a regional approach to deliver services and identifying a sustainable funding source. Emergency Medical Services Week in Pennsylvania highlights the need for partnerships and appearing on Smart Talk Tuesday to offer details are Lisa Schaefer, Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and Kevin Boozel, President of CCAP and a Butler County Commissioner.

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

On a tour of the energy facilities in Salem Township, Forbes Road Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Rosatti stops at a Mariner East 2 construction site. The Slickville Volunteer Fire Department would have jurisdiction over an incident here, but the Forbes Road department — just six miles south — would provide mutual aid, Rosatti said.

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