covid-19-vaccine

Can vaccine refusers who lose their jobs still collect unemployment? Experts explain

BY: - September 15, 2021

'The Legislature must take action to protect,' this 'basic human right of deciding what goes into their body,' two GOP senators argue

In Reading, Wolf urges eligible Pennsylvanians to get vaccine to protect school-age children

BY: - September 14, 2021

“We need to do everything in our power” to keep kids in the classroom, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday, as he urged Pa. residents to help end the pandemic.

Pa. prison guards union sues to block Wolf’s vaccine policy

BY: - September 13, 2021

The union representing 11,000 Pennsylvania prison guards and other corrections staff has filed a lawsuit to block Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine policy. The policy, announced last month, required thousands of state employees working in congregate settings — such as state-run hospitals, homes for the disabled, and prisons — to get vaccinated or be tested for […]

Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. is sick and needs a doctor, says GOP Gov. candidate Nche Zama

BY: - September 3, 2021

"I realized that Pennsylvania is dying. And if Pennsylvania’s dying, it is very much in need of a cardiac surgeon for heart surgery." 

Prison guards sue, other unions bargain over Wolf’s vaccine policy for state workers

BY: - August 12, 2021

(*This story was updated at 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, 8/12/21, with additional information about PSCOA and comment from Temple University epidemiologist Krys Johnson, and at 4:05 p.m. with additional comment from PSCOA) The unions representing state workers in Pennsylvania have faced a choice in dealing with Gov. Tom Wolf’s new policy ordering tens of thousands […]

More than half of Pa. counties seeing substantial, high rates of community spread of COVID-19

BY: - August 11, 2021

COVID-19 case counts have been climbing steadily in the commonwealth since late July, following national trends. 

State hospital, prison employees must be vaccinated or face weekly COVID tests under new policy

BY: - August 10, 2021

Starting Sept. 7, if workers in these facilities do not get vaccinated, they must take weekly tests for the virus. The tests will be at no cost to the employee, and will mostly take place on site, the administration said.

Wolf vetoes bill banning Pa. primary schools, colleges from requiring COVID vaccines

BY: - July 1, 2021

The bill also would prevent any public entity from checking someone’s COVID-19 vaccination status, such as a school district requiring teachers or students to be vaccinated. Such requirements are colloquially known as “vaccine passports.”

They’re ‘unsung heroes’: Pa. officials pay tribute to farm workers who kept food on the table during pandemic

BY: - May 11, 2021

The employer-sponsored mobile vaccination site at the mushroom farm is the result of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection and Highmark Blue Shield, which aims to reach the commonwealth’s diverse and underserved populations. 

Pa. doctors could be punished for rejecting vaccine-skeptical parents under advancing House legislation

BY: - May 5, 2021

(*This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. with comment from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania) Doctors could be punished for refusing to see children whose parents reject the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccinations standards under a bill passed by a Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House panel Wednesday morning. In a party line 15-10 […]

New initiative aims to give Pennsylvanians with intellectual, development disabilities greater vaccines access

BY: - May 4, 2021

On a call with reporters Tuesday, state officials announced the partnership between Rite Aid pharmacies statewide and the Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). 

Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center provides comfort via pop-up vaccine clinics

BY: - April 28, 2021

More and more LGBT community centers are holding vaccine clinics to get shots into the arms of people in marginalized communities.