State health officials said Monday that the quicker rollout was enabled by “ongoing appointment availability” in many parts of the state. Gov. Tom Wolf says the accelerated timetable is necessary to keep up with increase coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations.
Workers in transportation and logistics, construction, public health, public safety, finance, legal services, media and several other industries in Phase 1C of the state’s vaccine rollout became eligible to sign up for the vaccine.
Older people tend to have less robust immune responses to some vaccines. To better understand the COVID vaccine’s efficacy within this group, UPMC says it collected blood samples from 70 long-term care residents a few weeks after they were vaccinated.
It’s a “historic and profound” opportunity to build a stronger framework of services surrounding vulnerable people who need considerable ongoing assistance, says Ai-jen Poo, director of Caring Across Generations.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Health said any provider having trouble filling vaccine appointments should contact the state ahead of a clinic for help getting connected with an eligible Pennsylvanian.