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DOH Update Vaccine Plan

The Pennsylvania Department of Health updated the commonwealth’s vaccination plan Tuesday to include people who are 65 and older, and those ages 16-64 with certain underlying medical conditions.

“Pennsylvania is expanding our vaccination efforts to start including anyone over 65 and people ages 16-64 with serious medical conditions that make them more at risk for severe illness due to COVID-19,” said Cindy Findley, Department of Health’s Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and leader of the state’s Vaccine Task Force.

As for those in the 16-64 group, officials say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines this group as people who have conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cancer, sickle cell disease and chronic kidney disease.

They say pregnant women are also included in the group.

Officials note that even though they are increasing the number of those eligible to receive the vaccine at this time, the number of doses that Pennsylvania is receiving from the federal government is not increasing.

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