More Than 17,000 Vaccine Doses Administered To Health Care Workers At Hospitals In State – CBS Kitchener

HARRISBURG, PA (CBS / AP) – More than 17,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been given to health workers in hospitals in Pennsylvania, the Minister of Health said Monday, as the hospitals continue to be burdened with coronavirus patient exposure and a second vaccine are from Moderna is expected to arrive this week. Minister of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said 87 hospitals have received doses of Pfizer’s first vaccine so far, with an additional 30,000 doses expected to arrive this week.

“Since the first doses of the vaccines arrived in Pennsylvania a week ago, 17,700 healthcare workers have received their first dose. The first 87 hospitals to receive vaccines are still working to immunize health workers, but it will take time, ”said Dr. Levine.

In addition, hospitals across the state are set to receive 198,000 doses of the newly approved Moderna vaccine as of this week, Levine said.

As part of a federal partnership, CVS and Walgreen’s will provide local vaccination services to residents and qualified care workers across the state next week, Levine said. These facilities will receive the Pfizer vaccine, she said.

Meanwhile, Levine said that even people receiving the vaccine should continue to make efforts to contain the spread of the virus, including wearing a mask and socially distancing protocols.

Governor Tom Wolf has imposed a number of shutdowns through Jan. 4, including youth sports and other after-school activities, gyms, theaters and casinos, and indoor dining within restaurants amid rising infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths. The shutdown orders have led to lawsuits, and a growing list of companies pledge to defy orders and stay open.

The daily number of positive cases has declined since Wolf put restrictions on Dec. 12, although hospital stays have continued to increase.

Pennsylvania reported more than 7,700 new cases of COVID-19 and 57 new deaths on Monday.

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