Pa.’s acting physician general weighs in on the current state of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment

Written by on June 16, 2021

Pa.’s acting physician general weighs in on the current state of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment

By Brittany Sweeney

June 16, 2021

Photo by Steven Cornfield on Unsplash

Pennsylvania’s acting physician general is urging people to continue to get vaccinated even as more than 70% of the eligible population has received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 shot.

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Dr. Denise Johnson joined doctors from UPMC in Pittsburgh on June 15 to talk about where the state stands in the fight against coronavirus.

“We continue to have cases that are in the hospital. We still have people that are sick, so we want to make sure that we decrease the virus that’s circulating and continue to vaccinate until we can end COVID-19,” Johnson says. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is collecting race and ethnicity data to make sure it is getting vaccines to people in an equitable way, she says.

“We know that there are some areas where the vaccination rates are lower than that overall Pennsylvania number and we know that there are communities that have more difficult access to vaccines,” Johnson says.

Doctors also discussed the successes of the COVID-19 treatment using monoclonal antibodies which is available through medical providers across the state.

But Johnson says the best way to protect yourself and those who are vulnerable is to get vaccinated.

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