Allentown health official pleads with people to get vaccinated

Written by on July 27, 2021

Allentown health official pleads with people to get vaccinated

By Brittany Sweeney
July 27, 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)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Public health officials are watching the spread of the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant closely.  Roughly 56% of eligible residents in Lehigh County are vaccinated according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Vicky Kistler, director of Health for the Allentown Health Bureau, is pleading with people to get vaccinated and worries about reaching those who are not vaccinated. 

“We’ve gone from having hundreds of people in a line to having a handful of people at a time. So it’s very concerning and although we’ve done a great job here in Lehigh County, with getting as many people vaccinated as we can, we have a long way to go,” Kistler said.

The data shows that unvaccinated people are at high risk of getting COVID-19 while vaccinated people are at low risk and even if they do get the virus, people who are fully vaccinated get relatively mild cases compared with serious illness for those who are not vaccinated. 

Kistler is also stressing the importance of getting both shots in the Pfizer and Moderna two-dose series, even if the second shot is outside the recommended time frame.

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