HARRISBURG – Just a few days after President Joe Biden announced 90% of adults would be vaccine eligible by April 19, Pennsylvania is following suit.
Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam and members of the Legislative Task Force made that announcement during a news conference Wednesday – announced a newly accelerated strategy, “When we asked, providers representing every region at that time, said they had available appointments starting next week. Anecdotally, we are hearing from providers across the state, including densely populated regions, that they are ready to move to the next phase of eligibility.”
Pennsylvania will begin this new rollout starting today (Wednesday) with workers in the targeted industries Governor Tom Wolf and the Task Force announced March 12: Law enforcement, firefighters, grocery store workers, and food and agriculture workers.
“Using the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine that will be shipped directly to retail pharmacy partners and our provider network, we will be working to make sure each of these groups can start scheduling vaccination appointments starting today. This means they can get vaccinated close to home, in the communities were the live and work,” she said.
All residents in Phase 1B can then start scheduling appointments starting this Monday, April 5, followed Phase 1C residents April 12, and all residents April 19. Much more eligibility information is posted below:
Pennsylvania will begin the following accelerated phased rollout:
- March 31 workers in the four targeted industries that Gov. Wolf and the Task Force announced on March 12:
- Law enforcement, which includes police, sheriffs and deputies, constables, corrections officers and staff, as well as probation and parole staff.
- Firefighters, including career and volunteer firefighters.
- Grocery Store workers, including all workers in supermarkets and grocery stores.
- Food and Agriculture workers, including all food processing company employees, including meat, poultry, and dairy processing, fresh fruit and vegetable packing operations, food manufacturing, all farmworkers, farm operators, and farm managers, including at urban agriculture operations.
- April 5 all residents in Phase 1B will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.
- April 12 all residents in Phase 1C will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.
- April 19, all residents will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.
Residents should continue to use the Department of Health’s Vaccine Provider Map to find a vaccine provider nearest them. The department will continue to update the map as the federal government increases the number of pharmacy chains receiving vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership.
People without internet access can contact the Health Hotline by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).