The newly-released Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine dashboard, which reports the number of vaccinations administered by county, shows that only 336 people have been vaccinated in Adams since the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine almost three weeks ago.
The Department of Health reported last week that 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine had been delivered to Gettysburg Wellspan Hospital but a Wellspan spokesperson did not explain why the vaccines had not been used, saying “employed, contracted and independent providers, clinical and ancillary support staff actively working in the areas who may come in direct contact with COVID-19 patients in either inpatient or outpatient settings have been invited to sign up to get vaccinated and that number varies from hospital to hospital depending on the size of the facility. The vaccine distribution sites remain open and actively distributing vaccine to eligible health care workers as they schedule their appointments.”
Also suggesting we may be in for a long wait, there is no indication of when more vaccines will arrive in the county or who is going to get them when they do.
According to information given to the state by the federal vaccine program Operation Warp Speed, 126 long-term Care Facilities across the commonwealth are scheduled to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but no timeline has been reported.
Secretary of Health Rachel Levine announced today a new program that requires vaccine providers, such as hospitals and pharmacies, to designate at least 10 percent of their vaccine shipments for non-affiliated health care providers to ensure there is supply available.