covid-19-vaccine

Wolf vetoes bill banning Pa. primary schools, colleges from requiring COVID vaccines

BY: - July 1, 2021

The bill also would prevent any public entity from checking someone’s COVID-19 vaccination status, such as a school district requiring teachers or students to be vaccinated. Such requirements are colloquially known as “vaccine passports.”

They’re ‘unsung heroes’: Pa. officials pay tribute to farm workers who kept food on the table during pandemic

BY: - May 11, 2021

The employer-sponsored mobile vaccination site at the mushroom farm is the result of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection and Highmark Blue Shield, which aims to reach the commonwealth’s diverse and underserved populations. 

Pa. doctors could be punished for rejecting vaccine-skeptical parents under advancing House legislation

BY: - May 5, 2021

(*This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. with comment from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania) Doctors could be punished for refusing to see children whose parents reject the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccinations standards under a bill passed by a Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House panel Wednesday morning. In a party line 15-10 […]

New initiative aims to give Pennsylvanians with intellectual, development disabilities greater vaccines access

BY: - May 4, 2021

On a call with reporters Tuesday, state officials announced the partnership between Rite Aid pharmacies statewide and the Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). 

Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center provides comfort via pop-up vaccine clinics

BY: - April 28, 2021

More and more LGBT community centers are holding vaccine clinics to get shots into the arms of people in marginalized communities.

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. 

Amended health order aims to get vaccines to homebound Pennsylvanians

BY: - April 26, 2021

During an appearance in Reading on Monday morning, Wolf, joined by administration officials and local lawmakers, said the administration had amended its vaccine administration order to allow vaccine providers to partner with local entities to administer vaccines statewide.

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.

Uber, PayPal, other big companies offer vaccine transportation help

BY: - April 15, 2021

The Vaccine Access Fund will be managed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national nonprofit community development organization.

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 […]

Pa. COVID-19 testing down even as cases increase, state health officials say

BY: - April 6, 2021

In a briefing with reporters, Department of Health Senior Advisor on COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin confirmed that the department has continued to record an uptick in COVID-19 cases across Pennsylvania. 

Mass clinics and mobile vaccine sites: How Pa. plans to vaccinate school employees against COVID-19

BY: - March 5, 2021

Mass vaccination clinics dedicated solely to Pennsylvania’s school employees should be fully operational starting March 10, with many on track to administer 500 to 1,000 vaccines each day, Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday.