Shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Awaited Locally

HARRISBURG PA – Shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have begun arriving in Pennsylvania, and can be expected to be deployed within days at local hospitals, state 26th District state Rep. Tim Hennessey reported late Tuesday (Dec. 15, 2020) afternoon. About 97,500 doses are being shipped by Monday (Dec. 21) to 87 hospitals statewide, including Pottstown and Brandywine hospitals, he said.

“The vaccine will be available in phases, beginning with critical populations such as health care workers (a total of 111,150 doses in the state vaccine distribution plan), EMS first responders, and residents and staff in congregate care settings,” Hennessey added. The state Department of Health “anticipates more vaccine being available in the near future to allow all health care, emergency personnel and critical populations” to get it.

Philadelphia County will receive its own allotment of 13,650 doses. In the Pittsburgh area, Monongahela Valley Hospital and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh received the vaccine Monday.

Hennessey, who represents a portion of Pottstown borough, all of North Coventry Township, and several other Chester County municipalities, declared himself satisfied so far with the vaccine roll-out.

“Like so many others, I am anxious for life to get back to normal for residents and businesses. We need to put this pandemic behind us. In the meantime, it is important to continue adhering to CDC health and safety protocols, including hand washing, wearing masks and social distancing. This is no time to let our guard down,” he urged.

Photo of Rep. Hennessey from his office
Vaccine bottle mock-up photo (it does not picture the actual vaccine) by Daniel Schludi via Unsplash, used under license