Brett Sholtis, Reporter / Transforming Health

Brett Sholtis is WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, covering health policy and community health issues that affect Pennsylvanians. Brett strives to share personal stories that have a tie to broad issues and emerging trends. He seeks to give voice to diverse viewpoints, including those of people living with mental illness, disability and those living in poverty. He plays a key role in WITF’s mental health series, Through the Cracks, which reports on problem areas in mental health services and efforts to reduce stigma around those living with behavioral disorders. Previously, Brett was a business reporter at the York Daily Record, where his work included award-winning examinations of the nuclear power industry and food safety. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis

Pa. mass vaccination sites are ready to open—with or without vaccines

State officials say there’s a need to ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa. teachers to get access to Johnson & Johnson shots

Teachers will not be made eligible for Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
By Brett Sholtis

Volunteer-run website aims to help people in Pa. schedule COVID-19 vaccines

About 100 volunteers place hundreds of calls a day to vaccine providers to learn which ones are accepting appointments.
By Brett Sholtis

‘Don’t hold back any doses’: How a conference call with the Pa. Health Department led to vaccine delays

Health systems believed they were following state orders when they used vaccines that were supposed to be set aside for people awaiting their second doses.
By Brett Sholtis

COVID-19 Moderna vaccine mistake expected to delay second doses in Pa. 

About 200,000 Moderna doses allocated as second doses were given to others as first doses instead. 

By Brett Sholtis

Forced to compete for COVID-19 vaccines, some older people in Pa. are struggling to book appointments

Social media networks and online research skills give some younger people an edge, even as older people overall face higher risk of hospitalization and death.

By Brett Sholtis

Mother of Ricardo Muñoz, killed by Lancaster police, sues department

Attorneys for Lancaster resident Miguelina Peña demanded a jury trial in the Feb. 8 “complaint for damages for violation of civil rights and wrongful death.”

By Brett Sholtis

With Pennsylvania behind in vaccination rate, Pa. health department says not to compare states

Pennsylvania is allocating second doses separately, something not all states are doing.
By Brett Sholtis

Prison guards, inmates lack vaccine access as COVID-19 rages at SCI Forest

Three Pennsylvania corrections officers and six prisoners have died from the virus in the past week.

By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania lags behind some states in administering COVID-19 vaccine

Across the country, millions of doses are not accounted for.
By Brett Sholtis