23% of Schuylkill County Immunized – Phase 1B of Vaccine Plan Starts Today
About 23% of Schuylkill County residents have now gotten their full COVID vaccine dosage. And all Pennsylvanians in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccine rollout plan can now start getting their shots.
According to data from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, the number of Schuylkill County residents who got COVID vaccine doses once again dropped week over week. Over a 7-day period ending April 3, the day before Easter, 6,082 doses were administered. That number is likely to be corrected upward in the coming days and weeks, but as of now, it’s slightly lower than the previous 7 days (6,224 doses) and down considerably from the weekly high of 7,559 doses given out from March 7-13.
23% of Schuylkill County Fully Vaccinated Against COVID
Slightly more than 24,000 Schuylkill County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A total of 41,542 people locally have gotten at least 1 dose. That’s equal to about 39% of the total population approved to get a vaccine (over the age of 16). We estimate that about 75% of Schuylkill County’s population of 141,000 is approved to receive a COVID vaccine.
Here’s a chart we’re maintaining showing the weekly vaccine administration locally:
These weekly numbers locally should go up, at least temporarily, as a new group of residents is now eligible to get their shots.
All Pennsylvanians in Phase 1B Now Eligible for COVID Vaccine
Starting today, April 5, all Pennsylvanians in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccine rollout plan can make appointments for and get their shots.
According to the Dept. of Health’s latest guidance, this is who can now start getting their shots, being in Phase 1B:
- People in congregate settings (not in a long-term care facility)
- People getting home or community-based service
- First responders
- Corrections officers
- People in congregate settings not covered in Phase 1A
- Food and agricultural workers
- US Postal Service workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Grocery store workers
- Education workers
- Essential support staff at houses of worship
- Public transit workers
- People caring for children or adults in day care or adult day programs
It’s expected that Pennsylvania will move to Phase 1C of the vaccine rollout plan on April 12, when even more residents will be eligible to get their COVID shots. On April 19, the state is expected to open vaccine eligibility to all adults.
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