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CDC now ranks Pennsylvania second in nation as vaccine roll out speeds up

After being ranked 30th in the nation for vaccine distribution, the Pennsylvania Health Department said the roll out of vaccines is increasing and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now moved the state to no. 2 in the nation for the number of vaccines administered in the last seven days.

The ranking is based on number of doses per 100,000 residents.

Starting the week of March 22, a focused network of 200-300 providers can expect to see more first doses of vaccine arriving and will be assured of a steady supply for the next several weeks, said acting Health Secretary Alison Beam.

“Right now, Pennsylvania’s dedicated vaccine providers are making significant progress getting vaccine into the arms of residents in every corner of the state,” she said. “As Pennsylvania’s vaccination rates continue to accelerate, we will continue to adapt our strategy to ensure every Pennsylvanian who wants the vaccine, can access the vaccine.”

Beam thanked the state’s healthcare providers “We want to thank all of our providers “who have offered tremendous support” getting vaccine out. Having a focused network of providers – including hospitals, local health departments and pharmacies, the state is able to get more vaccines out, insuring that they will have adequate supply to fulfil scheduled appointments.

She said the state will also be adding to its transparency of vaccine distribution.

Open Data will offer four new pieces of data, in addition to information on COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations:

  •  Providers who are receiving first dose allocations of vaccine in a given week.
  •  Providers who are receiving second dose allocations in a given week.
  •  Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership provider locations and those providers receiving vaccine allocations in a given week.
  •  Clinics scheduled at long-term care facilities through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership in a given week.

“Eventually as the supply of vaccine catches up to demand, we will expand the network and all of those trusted local providers will receive vaccine to help reaching even more Pennsylvanians.” Beam said.

Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at swescoe@bridgetowermedia.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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