‘The stakes are high’: Pa. health officials urge COVID-19 vaccines among new, expecting parents

BY: - January 11, 2022

Pregnant people who contract the coronavirus are at higher risk for having severe COVID-19, as well as for having a preterm birth.

Pa. Health Department reports a ‘steep increase’ in COVID-19 cases

BY: - January 4, 2022

Pennsylvania’s daily average coronavirus case number for the last week was 18,344 — an 8,367 increase since the state Department of Health weekly COVID-19 update.

Inching toward normalcy, experts urge families to schedule COVID-19 pediatric vaccinations

BY: - November 4, 2021

The vaccine for kids ages 5 through 11 contains one-third the amount of active ingredient compared to the dose for those 12 and older.

Health Department says nursing homes need 80 percent of staff vaccinated — or increase testing

BY: - August 12, 2021

All Pennsylvania skilled nursing facilities should have at least 80 percent of staff vaccinated for the coronavirus by Oct. 1, the state Department of Health announced Thursday.

GOP bill stripping powers from Secretary of Health, banning public vaccine checks advances through Pa. House

BY: - June 23, 2021

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf had already said he does not plan to implement restrictions on accessing government buildings or resources based on vaccination status — proposals colloquially called “vaccine passports.” 

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 […]

Pa. joins national pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

BY: and - April 13, 2021

(*This story was updated at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/13/21 with new information from the Department of Health.)  Matching a federal order that came down Tuesday, Pennsylvania has paused the use of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccination until at least April 20, pending a review by the Food and Drug Administration. Federal regulators recommended […]