Pa. short one million COVID vaccines, none left in federal reserve

Written by on January 15, 2021

Pa. short one million COVID vaccines, none left in the federal reserve

by Jen Rehill and Jim Deegan

January 15, 2021

A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. U.K. health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

Pennsylvania is short one million COVID-19 vaccines. State health officials learned there are none left in the federal reserve. WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports, the vaccines were promised to the commonwealth by the Trump Administration.  

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The six figure allocation of doses from the federal stockpile was earmarked to ramp up vaccine distribution across the state in the coming weeks.

But a Pennsylvania health department spokesman says that won’t happen now. He confirmed to WLVR News that the U.S. Health and Human Services Department says that there’s no reserve of vaccines to send.

That leaves the state with only its limited weekly allocations. People waiting for their second shot will still get one. 

But, it will now take longer for some currently eligible people –  like essential workers – to get the vaccine.

A state health department spokesman calls the revelation “troubling/ and disappointing.”

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