Allegheny County’s new vaccine registration system opens

By: Teghan Simonton

The Allegheny County Health Department’s new vaccine registration system, designed to make registering for an appointment easier, is officially open to the public.

The department announced the new system was on the way last week and began a “soft launch” earlier this week. Individuals seeking a vaccine appointment through the county site can now register online at vax4.alleghenycounty.us.

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Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Preparing National Guard to Assist with Vaccination Efforts

Press Release

Governor Wolf signed House Bill 326, which permits the Pennsylvania National Guard (PANG), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to develop plans for the establishment and operation of regional sites for community distribution and administration of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies, and vaccines for a virus, including COVID-19. The bill also requires a report on the Administration’s plans to incorporate the National Guard into its overall vaccination strategy while taking into account vaccine availability and other vital ongoing missions.

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Could teachers become a higher priority on Pa.’s list for COVID-19 vaccinations?

By: Jan Murphy

Pressure has been building for teachers and other school employees to jump to the front of the line in Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution to allow a return to in-person classes.

The authorization of the Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine could be their ticket to do just that.

On Monday, a state Department of Education official said updated information about vaccine distribution to educators is forthcoming. A state Department of Health spokeswoman elaborated on that point, saying specific details are hoped to be announced later this week.

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Covid vaccine will not end pandemic, UPMC doctors say

By: Tom Davidson

A safe, effective vaccine for covid-19 will not be the end of the coronavirus pandemic, UPMC doctors said Thursday.

The disease is “incredibly dynamic,” said Dr. Oscar Marroquin, UPMC chief health care data and analytics officer. The ways people respond to the virus and how doctors treat it keep changing.

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