Pa., Chesco pause use of J&J COVID vaccine

Following a recommendation from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both the state of Pennsylvania and Chester County announced Tuesday that their respective health departments would pause vaccinations using the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, pending a study of a rare but dangerous blood clotting issue that may be related to the...

Wolf: Starting tomorrow (April 13) all 16+ eligible for COVID vaccine in Pa.

Pennsylvania will beat by nearly a week a federal mandate to open vaccines to all over age 16, by doing so tomorrow April 13, Gov, Tom Wolf said Monday. “We need to maintain acceleration of the vaccine rollout, especially as case counts and hospitalization rates have increased,” Wolf said in a statement. “Therefore, just as President (Joe) Biden has brought forward universal adult access to...

Get over it: COVID passports are going to happen

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa On this Easter Sunday — one that feels a whole lot different than the one a year ago — there is both hope and fear. We’re close. More than a third of the adult population of Pennsylvania, as of Saturday, has had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, with thousands more happening daily. Just short of 2 million have had both shots. Supply, while...

State to open vaccine appointments to all by April 19

Updates to add comment from Chester County Commissioners, 4:30 pm If you’ve been waiting for your chance at the COVID-19 vaccine, every resident of the state over age 16 will be eligible to schedule an appointment, but residents in the southeastern portion of the state may still find it tough to get an available appointment, as supply in the commonwealth still trails supply. The move speeds up...

Chesco Health launches new vaccine reg. system; everyone in 1A eligible for appointments

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Health Department has launched a new vaccine registration system for its COVID-19 vaccine program. The new system helps everyone who has already registered with the county health department to easily book a vaccine appointment, and ensures appointments are allocated specifically to the individuals who are being contacted. An email sent this morning to all Phase 1A...

Coatesville VA offering COVID vaccine to all enrolled veterans

Debora Brooks-Wilson receives her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at Coatesville VA Medical Center on March 25, 2021 after receiving a text message last week offering her the opportunity to schedule an appointment. CALN — Coatesville VA Medical Center (VAMC) began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all enrolled Veterans on Thursday. The decision to open vaccinations to all enrolled Veterans...

Wolf, DOH rightly under fire for botched, unfair vaccine rollout

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Depending on who you talk to, Pennsylvania’s vaccine program is either going swimmingly, or it is a bungled mess, with lower than the national average per capita of vaccine in arms, while the state Department of Health (DOH) is intentionally shortchanging the collar counties — the same counties that did the best job in containing the COVID-19 virus...

Coatesville VA lowers eligibility for COVID vaccine to age 55

Gary Giorno, a Vietnam era Veteran, receives his second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Coatesville VA Medical Center vaccination clinic on March 12, 2021. Giorno shared his thoughts about the process during his observation period before checking out. CALN — Coatesville VA Medical Center (VAMC) began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans age 55 and over on Monday. The decision to...

Answering questions about vaccines: in short, they work and they’re safe

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Here we are closing in on a year of life altered by the pandemic.  As a practicing dentist I have fielded my share of questions from all points of view. I want to share my perspective on where we are what lies ahead. There are lots of questions about vaccines. Yes, they work. The job of the vaccine is to keep people out of the hospital and protect...

Local officials blast Wolf Admin. over ‘shortchanging’ SE counties on COVID-19 vaccine

A Sunday meeting between local elected officials and officials from the state Department of Health (DOH) did little to convince officials from Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks county that DOH has not shortchanged the region when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine — and that the state will continue to shortchange the counties surrounding Philadelphia. The meeting — with county commissioners, county...