It’s been a month in Operation Warp Speed, and not as many people have received their planned vaccinations. But there has been great progress.
“There are currently nearly 38 million doses of the vaccine, including about the first 25 million doses for the state to order against, with more available this week,” said Alex Hazard, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.
He said that by the next week, 95 percent of health care facilities will receive their first vaccine.
There will be changes to who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. Federal officials want everyone 65 and older and adults with the serious condition to be the next priority for the vaccine.
“State restrictions on properties have hindered the speed and ability to access the administration,”; Azar said.
“Ultimately, we want everyone who needs the vaccine to be vaccinated, and we will continue to do so,” Pennsylvania Health Minister Rachel Levine said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Pennsylvania health officials say they are looking at new recommendations from the federal government and are happy that all vaccines will be released. But for planning purposes, additional communication is needed.
“We wanted to know how many vaccines we would have to go to a specific hospital, and the more details we had, the better we could prepare the vaccine,” Levine said.
The federal government also wants more places where people can get vaccinated.
Pennsylvania health officials said they hope to have plans to implement federal recommendations within next week.