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PA COVID-19 vaccine UPDATE

Presented by Tri-County Insider

Harrisburg, PA – The PA Department Of Health says now there have been more than 9.1 million vaccinations given so far in Pennsylvania, but there is still a long way to go before the goal of 70 percent of Pennsylvanian adults become fully vaccinated.

51.9 percent of the entire PA population have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, within that number, 44.1 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

That means that, while many people have chosen to become vaccinated, the rate of vaccination has slowed down… not because of lack of vaccine doses but because of vaccine hesitancy.


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 8, there were 2,610 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,172,288.

There are 2,012 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 436 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is starting to come down, after peaking at 2,661 patients which is slightly below what it was at the height of the spring 2020 peak of 2,751 patients on May 3, 2020. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 30 – May 6 stood at 6.6%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 7, there were 38 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,532 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine was first allocated to Pennsylvania the week of March 1. On Friday, April 23, the CDC and FDA notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers that the pause in administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine has been lifted. Following the announcement, Pennsylvania resumed Janssen vaccinations. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.

Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties:

  • According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 8, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 51.9% of its entire population, and the state ranks 10th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
  • According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 8, 44.1% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
  • According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 8, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

  • Vaccine providers have administered 9,129,089 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, May 8.
  • 3,830,103 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 76,707 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,784,775 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 5,614,878 people have received at least their first dose.
  • This week, a total of 8,938,480 doses will have been allocated through May 8:
    • 323,520 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 288,320 second doses will have been allocated this week.
  • To date, we have administered 9,129,089 doses total through May 8:
    • First/single doses:  5,614,878 administered
    • Second doses:  3,514,211 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Fully vaccinated people are permitted to participate in some activities without a mask based on CDC guidance. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 156,528 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 639 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 4,457,559 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,200 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,946 cases among employees, for a total of 86,146 at 1,589 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,184 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS is not exactly the same as the COVID-19 related deaths reported by the death registry. The number of deaths among nursing and personal care home residents and employees is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data, as this information is not available in the death registry data.

Approximately 28,009 of our total cases are among health care workers.


Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, May 7:


The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians:


The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated with one of the three safe and effective vaccines available to provide the best layer of protection.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing. Fully vaccinated people are allowed to participate in some activities without a mask.
  • Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa”.

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