Pa. vaccine providers ready to administer COVID boosters, Beam says | Wednesday Morning Coffee

The Department of Health reported that 97 percent of COVID-19-related deaths were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people

September 22, 2021 6:30 am

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When the OK comes down from the federal government, state health officials said Tuesday that Pennsylvania vaccine providers are ready to begin administering COVID-19 booster shots.

“Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it,” acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to deliberate COVID-19 boosters and provide guidance for their administration following the meeting.

“Vaccine providers — especially pharmacies — have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Beam said in a statement.

Speaking to reporters from Hershey Pharmacy in Dauphin County Tuesday, Beam confirmed that she signed an order requiring vaccine providers to work with local Areas on Aging and Medical Assistance Managed Care Organizations to get booster shots to eligible individuals. The order also requires providers to offer online and other scheduling assistance opportunities.

Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson (Commonwealth Media Services photo).

There are currently more than 2,000 vaccine providers across the state with COVID-19 vaccine inventory, the Department of Health confirmed.

Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health  reported that 97 percent of COVID-19-related deaths and 95 percent of reported hospitalizations due to COVID-19 were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people.

“The data is abundantly clear that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing hospitalization and death,” acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said Tuesday. “We continue to urge every eligible person to get the vaccine, not only for themselves, but to protect their family and loved ones, especially kids under 12 who are too young to get the vaccine, which is in plentiful supply across the state.”

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.