On track to achieve vaccine benchmark, Pa. plans to lift mask mandate by June 28

BY: - May 27, 2021

Statewide data show that nearly 98 percent of senior citizens and 70 percent of adults have received at least one dose.

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Despite update to CDC masking rule, Pa. businesses, schools can require masks

BY: - May 17, 2021

The reminder, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, says that while fully vaccinated individuals are free to go maskless most of the time, they must wear a face covering if a business, school or other organization in the commonwealth requires it. 

Fully vaxxed Pennsylvanians can go mask-free, state health officials confirm

BY: - May 13, 2021

The announcement comes just hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on mask wearing.

With an eye toward improving vaccine equity, Pa. Health Dept. rolls out expanded vaccine demographic data

BY: - April 27, 2021

The update, announced last week, follows the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s push to make the commonwealth’s vaccination efforts more equitable. Acting state Health Secretary Alison Beam said it will help the department monitor the progress of “equitable distribution” across the commonwealth. 

Pa. extends Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause after Pa. woman, five others experience blood clots

BY: - April 15, 2021

The halt was first announced Tuesday, after federal health officials recommended states stop administering the vaccine until the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration could review six reports of blood clots in vaccine recipients, all of whom identified as women.

Pa. joins national pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

BY: and - April 13, 2021

(*This story was updated at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/13/21 with new information from the Department of Health.)  Matching a federal order that came down Tuesday, Pennsylvania has paused the use of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccination until at least April 20, pending a review by the Food and Drug Administration. Federal regulators recommended […]

All Pennsylvanians eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 13

BY: - April 12, 2021

The announcement that COVID-19 vaccines would be available to the general public beginning April 13 is about a week ahead of the timetable issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on March 31. 

Pa. to open COVID-19 vaccinations to all by April 19

BY: - March 31, 2021

Those who are immediately eligible to begin receiving vaccines are law enforcement officials, firefighters, agriculture and food workers and grocery stores workers, none of whom can work remotely. 

Here’s what you need to know about Pa.’s shortage of Moderna vaccines

BY: - February 17, 2021

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said that vaccine providers have been inadvertently administering first-dose Moderna injections that were supposed to be set aside as second doses. 

Eyeing efficiency, Pa. announces change in the way it distributes COVID-19 vaccines to providers

BY: - February 12, 2021

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said that the state’s plan to temporarily winnow down its vast provider network to just 200 or 300 locations will “progressively come into effect” starting next week. 

Top Wolf aide named to replace Levine at state Health Dept.

BY: - January 22, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf has tapped a top staffer to replace Dr. Rachel Levine as the new head of the state Department of Health. Alison Beam, currently a deputy chief of staff to Wolf, will take over as acting Secretary of Health, pending confirmation by the state Senate. Beam will have to quickly step into Levine’s […]