COVID vaccination administration dropped 19% in Schuylkill County last week.
And the number of shots delivered into local arms has dropped for the last two weeks, suggesting we may have passed the peak of Phase 1A of the state’s botched distribution plan.
COVID Vaccine Rate Slows by 19% in Schuylkill County
According to information released by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, a total of 5,880 COVID vaccine doses were given to Schuylkill County residents in the week ending March 27. That’s down considerably (more than 19%) from the 7,280 administered the previous week. And that total was down slightly from the peak number of vaccine jabs of 7,465 two weeks ago.
Phase 1A of Pennsylvania’s underwhelming vaccine distribution plan calls for giving COVID shots to those 65 years and older and a number of people with certain medical conditions.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has not indicated when the state will shift to another phase of the vaccine distribution plan, nor has he said what goals need to be reached in order to move to the next phase.
Wolf’s been busy over the last week patting himself on the back over some statistics he cites that paints Pennsylvania’s vaccine distribution plan in a rare positive light. To date, Pennsylvania has lagged behind nearly every other state in percentage of vaccines administered vs. received.
According to data collected by Coal Region Canary, more than 16,000 Schuylkill County residents have gotten their full COVID vaccine. And about 28,000 have gotten a partial vaccine dosage, amounting to about 15.5% of the adult Schuylkill County population – those over the age of 16 (about 75% of 141,000) – having received their COVID vaccine shots. That’s only one-half percent higher than last week.
(Editor’s Note: COVID vaccine data routinely corrects over time. The numbers reflected in the chart above are likely to change slightly in the coming days and weeks but, historically, haven’t changed enough to alter the message of this article.)
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