ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are scheduled to reach at hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey this week.
“There’s a mild on the finish of the tunnel however it’s going to take time,” Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Well being Secretary, mentioned.
Levine, on Thursday, highlighted Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan.
“The Pfizer could be first administered to hospitals reminiscent of Geisinger Well being System and Penn State Well being System the place they are going to be immunizing their healthcare staff,” Levine mentioned.
On Sunday morning, Pfizer shipped the primary 184,000 vials of the vaccine to all 50 states.
In our space, a physician with Lehigh Valley Well being Community says they count on to obtain its first cargo someday Tuesday.
In an announcement Sunday afternoon, St. Luke’s College Well being System mentioned it is ready to obtain it “someday this week.”
“We additionally anticipate that the Pfizer vaccine may even be distributed by way of our pharmacy companions at CVS and Walgreens and nursing houses and different long-term care services by way of the tip of December after which into January.”
The Commonwealth has a three-phase distribution plan.
Healthcare staff and long-term care services are in section one.
Crucial populations not vaccinated in section one, together with those that have restricted entry to care, and people who contribute to society’s core features, like farmers or lecturers, are in section two.
The final inhabitants is in section three.
“I believe by April/May everyone could have entry to one in all these vaccines,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy mentioned.
Murphy, showing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, mentioned the primary doses within the Backyard State can be administered Tuesday at a hospital in Newark.
“The primary batch is 76,000 break up the bulk in the direction of healthcare staff, however an excellent slug in the direction of our long-term care residents and workers,” Murphy mentioned.
Murphy says the state continues to be working by way of its plan to find out who will get the vaccine after crucial staff and people high-risk teams are vaccinated.
“1B is a a lot bigger group; each one in all them a worthy inhabitants of attending to early,” Murphy mentioned.
LVHN says it’s within the means of scheduling workers to obtain the vaccine throughout its 5 hospitals.