Pennsylvania dropping vaccine provider map in favor of feds’ map

Pennsylvania

The new map allows people to search for COVID-19 vaccine by brand name and see which providers have vaccine in stock

Granby kindergarten school teacher Christina Kibby receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Credit: AP Jessica Hill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania is doing away with its own map of vaccine providers and says people looking for a COVID-19 shot should go to the federal government’s provider map.

The state health department said Friday it will use vaccines.gov as its mapping source effective immediately.

That map allows people to search for COVID-19 vaccine by brand name and see which providers have vaccine in stock. Information from the site also shows up in Apple Maps and Google Maps.

“Our goal is to make it quick and easy for people to get vaccinated and to help overcome any hesitancy,” said Alison Beam, Pennsylvania Department of Health acting secretary. “We know that some people may be looking for a certain brand of vaccine or want to know which locations have vaccine in stock. This transition provides the best information to Pennsylvanians who want to get vaccinated as we work to reach at least 70% of adults vaccinated.”

The map was developed by Boston Children’s Hospital, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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