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Pennsylvanians in Phase 1B now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

On April 12, Pennsylvania will move to Phase 1C, and beginning April 19, all residents will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — Editor's note: The above video is from April 5.

Beginning on April 5, Pennsylvania officially moved to Phase 1B of the state's vaccination plan.

That means that those in the following group are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment:

  • People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and community-based services
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Manufacturing workers  
  • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship 
  • Public transit workers
  • Education workers

On April 12, Pennsylvania will officially move to Phase 1C before moving to open scheduling for all on April 19.

You can read the full release from the Governor's Office here:

Starting today Pennsylvanians in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment to become protected against the virus. Phase 1B eligible Pennsylvanians include:

  • People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and community-based services
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Manufacturing workers  
  • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship 
  • Public transit workers
  • Education workers

Teachers and school staff for pre-K through 12 were vaccinated under a special initiative that concluded April 2 and that resulted in more than 112,500 vaccinations. Vaccinations continue for child care workers who are also part of that special initiative. All other education workers, including those in higher education, are now eligible for vaccination as part of 1B.  Last week, Acting Secretary Alison Beam also announced that targeted frontline industries were eligible March 31.

“Our revised vaccination eligibility plan means more Pennsylvanians now have access to the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine as vaccine supply increases and providers and counties establish easier access to appointments,” Gov. Wolf said.

The remainder of the accelerated plan includes eligibility as follows:

  • 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.

Pennsylvania’s vaccination plan can be found here.

Those eligible for an appointment can access the provider map available here. People without internet access can contact the Health Hotline by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

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