Vicky Kistler

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Between masking and vaccines, conditions are ripe for a dramatic jump in new cases.

Officials with the Allentown Health Bureau say vaccine appointments are filling up as quickly as they become available. But what happens when someone cancels? Or worse, just doesn’t show up.

The Allentown Health Bureau has administered more than 15,000 vaccines so far, and thousands more are scheduled this week. But there is still concern communities of color are on the fence about getting the shot.

Pennsylvania is lagging in its COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Of more than 827,000 doses received, only about a third have been administered as of Monday.

More than half the Commonwealth’s counties were moved to the high level of COVID alert – known as substantial spread. Local health experts say they are quote “praying” hospitalizations don’t rise to the levels seen in the spring.


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