Lehigh Valley could see a coronavirus vaccine in the next month

Written by on November 20, 2020

Lehigh Valley could see a coronavirus vaccine in the next month

By Jen Rehill

November 20, 2020

This July 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a vial of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, Johnson & Johnson has asked U.S. regulators to clear the world’s first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, an easier-to-use option that could boost scarce supplies. Photo | Johnson & Johnson via AP

Great news – Pennsylvania’s going to get a boost in its fight against coronavirus.

WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports on a new plan from state health officials Thursday.

Listen to the story.

A COVID vaccine could be ready to roll out shortly. 

“We could have a vaccine within the next month. However, we do not know how quickly the supply will meet the demand,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s secretary of health.

Levine says the focus is on two vaccines – one by Pfizer and one by Moderna. The first recipients will be healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers; also, people 65 and older and those in long term care. 

Phase two is for high-risk medical conditions. Phase three is everyone else.

But Levine has a warning.

“When the vaccine becomes available, it will not be a cure. Certainly not an end to the coronavirus pandemic.”

That means masks and social distancing will remain in place, possibly through the end of next year. 

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