PA launches new tool to determine vaccine eligibility; Allegheny County reports another 35 COVID-19 deaths

by PublicSource Reporters

The Pennsylvania Department of Health launched a new tool called Your Turn to help better communicate to Pennsylvanians when it is their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said the tool is primarily for those younger than the age of 65 who are unsure of when they are eligible to get the vaccine. 

“When it is your turn,” Beam said, “we will direct you on how to find a vaccine provider. If it is not your turn yet, you will be able to enter contact information to receive updates about vaccine distribution in Pennsylvania and for us to let you know when it is your turn to get vaccinated.”

This tool will replace the current eligibility quiz on the state website. People can also call 877-PA-HEALTH to speak with a representative and determine their eligibility.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 3,378 new COVID-19 cases and 125 new deaths from the virus Wednesday, bringing the new statewide pandemic totals to 880,291 cases and 22,745 deaths. 

There are also currently 2,890 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, about 20% of whom are in intensive care units. 

Nursing and personal care home residents and staff represent about 8.8% of the state’s total cases and approximately 52.3% of the state’s total deaths. 

Through Tuesday, 1,084,502 people have been vaccinated in Pennsylvania, about 31 percent of whom have received both vaccine doses. 

By the end of the week, 2,439,550 vaccine doses will have been received by providers in Pennsylvania. 

The Allegheny County Health Department confirmed 239 new COVID-19 cases and 35 new deaths from the virus Wednesday. 

Image courtesy of Allegheny Health Network

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