CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise

BY: - May 24, 2022

In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines. 

Pa. Health Dept.: Three-day total of 14K new COVID-19 cases; More than 2.6K hospitalized

BY: - November 15, 2021

As of Monday, the statewide positivity rate was 10.3 percent, and 73.2 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older were fully vaccinated.

Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters now available in Pa., Health Dept. says

BY: and - October 22, 2021

The news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters earlier this week. 

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5K COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized

BY: - October 6, 2021

As of Wednesday, there were 2,891 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health data. Of that number, 675 patients with COVID-19 are in the intensive care unit.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 4,939 new COVID cases; 2,386 hospitalized

BY: - September 21, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,939 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.38 million cases of the virus. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, increasing from 2,337 on Monday to 2,386 on Tuesday, according to state data.   Of those hospitalized with the virus, 602 are […]

Pa. Health Dept: More than 12,686 new COVID cases; 2,337 hospitalized

BY: - September 20, 2021

The new cases bring the statewide total to more than 1.38 million cases, according to state health data. 

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot campaign as soon as Monday, and the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee’s decision threw up a roadblock for that goal.

Can vaccine refusers who lose their jobs still collect unemployment? Experts explain

BY: - September 15, 2021

'The Legislature must take action to protect,' this 'basic human right of deciding what goes into their body,' two GOP senators argue

In Reading, Wolf urges eligible Pennsylvanians to get vaccine to protect school-age children

BY: - September 14, 2021

“We need to do everything in our power” to keep kids in the classroom, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday, as he urged Pa. residents to help end the pandemic.

Pa. prison guards union sues to block Wolf’s vaccine policy

BY: - September 13, 2021

The union representing 11,000 Pennsylvania prison guards and other corrections staff has filed a lawsuit to block Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine policy. The policy, announced last month, required thousands of state employees working in congregate settings — such as state-run hospitals, homes for the disabled, and prisons — to get vaccinated or be tested for […]

Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. is sick and needs a doctor, says GOP Gov. candidate Nche Zama

BY: - September 3, 2021

"I realized that Pennsylvania is dying. And if Pennsylvania’s dying, it is very much in need of a cardiac surgeon for heart surgery." 

Prison guards sue, other unions bargain over Wolf’s vaccine policy for state workers

BY: - August 12, 2021

(*This story was updated at 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, 8/12/21, with additional information about PSCOA and comment from Temple University epidemiologist Krys Johnson, and at 4:05 p.m. with additional comment from PSCOA) The unions representing state workers in Pennsylvania have faced a choice in dealing with Gov. Tom Wolf’s new policy ordering tens of thousands […]