|1. Allegheny Co. expands COVID vaccine eligibility to residents 50-64 with underlying health conditions
Last week, the Allegheny County Health Department announced changes to its vaccination site priorities that would expand eligibility to more residents.
Effective March 19, individuals 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions will qualify to receive the vaccine at certain points of dispensing, county Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen said during a briefing.
Qualifying conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down syndrome, heart conditions (not high blood pressure), sickle cell disease, being immunocompromised, and type 2 diabetes. It also extends to those who are smoking, pregnant, or qualify as obese according to the body mass index.
The expansion is in addition to the 65 and older individuals who have been eligible for the vaccine under Pennsylvania’s Phase 1A of the rollout.