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As Legislators and Front-Line Workers Receive Vaccines, Adams County Residents Wait Their Turns

As of today only 975 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Adams County and these are being administered to employees at Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital.

These doses are all of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and no shipments of the Moderna vaccine have yet been received. The Pfizer vaccine was approved for distribution by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 11 and the Moderna vaccine was approved on Dec. 18.

Officials have not said when more vaccines are expected to arrive.

Federal legislators have been among the first in line to receive vaccines.

After receiving his vaccine, U.S. Senator Bob Casey said the following:

“Our Nation now has a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19. This morning, I received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. I will receive my second dose in approximately three weeks. I encourage all Americans, in consultation with their doctor, to get the vaccine when it becomes available to them.”

Rep. John Joyce (PA-13) received the first does of his Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 11, saying:

“As a doctor, I want to lead by example. All Americans can be confident in the COVID-19 vaccine’s safety and its lifesaving potential. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective – and it’s also the key to defeating the virus, rebuilding the economy, and saving lives.

It is not known if Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey or any state legislators have received vaccines.

Meanwhile the number of cases in Adams County continues to climb with still another surge expected after the holiday season.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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