(WKBN) – The number of people now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Pennsylvania grew significantly.
Now, those in Phase 1A has grown to include anyone over the age of 65, as well as those between 16 and 64 years old who have serious underlying health issues.
“The CDC has defined this group as people who have conditions like COPD, cancer, sickle cell disease and chronic kidney disease. Pregnant women also included in this group,” said Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Cindy Findley,
Prior to the expansion, Phase 1A had been limited to those working in hospitals, first responders and people living and working in nursing homes.
“There are more than 3 million Pennsylvanians that are now in Phase 1A or our vaccine plan. We must have patience as the amount of vaccine available in Pennsylvania and the nation remains limited,” Findley said.
Sharon Regional Medical Center is one location administering the vaccine. An appointment can be made at the hospital by calling 724-983-7251.
Appointments are limited due to social-distancing capacity and vaccine allocation by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Sharon Regional stresses that its supply of the vaccine is limited.
- Sharon Regional is now preparing to vaccinate the 1A expanded group (as vaccine allotments are authorized by the PA DOH).
- 1A expanded group includes:
- Residents of Pennsylvania over the age of 65
- Residents of Pennsylvania 16-64 with serious medical conditions that make them more at risk for severe illness.
- Take the quiz on the PA DOH website before calling to check your eligibility: https://www.pa.gov/guides/get-vaccinated/#Step1ChecktoSeeifYoureEligible.
A full list of vaccine phases, as well as a map to find where you can get vaccinated, can be found here.