Speeding Up Shots – Any Adult Can Schedule a COVID Vaccination Starting Tuesday
Open eligibility for the shots comes a week ahead of the previous schedule set by the Wolf Administration.
Beginning Tuesday, any Pennsylvanian 16 and older wishing to schedule an appointment for the COVID vaccination may do so. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday morning that open enrollment, originally set to begin April 19, is being moved up.
“We need to maintain acceleration of the vaccine rollout, especially as case counts and hospitalization rates have increased,” Wolf says in a statement. “Therefore, just as President Biden has brought forward universal adult access to vaccines from May 1 to April 19, we are moving Pennsylvania’s timeline of universal adult access to April 13.”
To date, Pennsylvania providers have administered more than 6 million vaccines and the state is ranked among the top 20 states for first-dose vaccinations. More than 2.4 million Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated.
“Everyone needs and should be afforded the opportunity to access the vaccine as soon as possible,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “And, this change provides earlier access for many, including college students increasing the likelihood of completion of two-dose regimens prior to leaving campus for the summer. It also means simpler, streamlined operations for vaccine providers that no longer need to check eligibility of people making appointments.”