PSAB Applauds Updated Vaccination Plan and Prioritization Phase for Local GovernmentsJanuary 8th, 2021
The Commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan was designed to be fluid and flexible to meet guidance and recommendations from the federal government. Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced the fourth version of the plan, detailing the updates and how the state is working to ensure safe, swift implementation. The new Phase 1C includes local, federal, state, and county government officials.
The state’s vaccination plan follows the blueprint set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. The plan is an interim one that is being continuously updated to reflect the latest recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and other guidance available and feedback received.
"The PA State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) applauds the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for updating the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan," said PSAB Executive Director Chris Cap. “PSAB is grateful for the decision to prioritize local governments in the updated vaccination distribution plans. Our statewide borough officials have been remarkably resilient throughout these unprecedented times.”
A Phase 1C has been created to include adults aged 65-74, adults 18-64 with a serious underlying condition that puts them at increased risk if they contract COVID-19, and essential workers in critical industries not covered under 1B. Per ACIP guidance, these industries include, but are not limited to, water and wastewater, finance, information technology, energy, food service, and federal/state/county/local government.
As with Phase 1B, CDC defines essential workers as those “who perform duties across critical infrastructure sectors and maintain the services and functions that U.S. residents depend on daily and likely at highest risk for work-related exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because their work-related duties must be performed on-site and involve being in close proximity (<6 feet) to the public or to coworkers”.
“PSAB has consistently advocated that borough officials across this Commonwealth, have been heroic in serving their communities throughout this pandemic," Cap added.
The complete plan can be found here.
The revised plan as posted on the department’s website includes a feedback form for all interested parties to provide input to be considered by the Department of Health. This form helps to fulfill the administration’s goal of promoting transparency and making this dynamic process as inclusive as possible.