HARRISBURG, Pa. On a day the state hits a new daily record of 2,900 coronavirus infections. Pennsylvania Health Minister Dr. Rachel Levine said the state plans to deliver three phases when a vaccine is approved by FDA .
“The general population will be phase 3. Stage 1 is the health workers and staff in many different facilities and the most vulnerable populations. Stage 2 is the most vulnerable groups. love more, “she said.
Dr. Levine said there is no timetable, as the state has to wait for the federal government to approve it.
She says six are under study and believes a vaccine from Pfizer could be the lead.
“When people get vaccinated, they still have to wear masks, still have to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer,”; she said.
And the social distance. Dr. Levine said a vaccine may not prevent a person from getting COVID-19, but it reduces their chances and will make the virus less severe if acquired.
She says vaccinations won’t be required but millions will need them before she tells people to stop wearing masks.
“We do not know the proportion of people who need to be vaccinated against the virus in order to reduce the spread in the community so that the population is immune,” Levine said. We learn through practice as with measles.
She also said the state has no plans to revert to the red, yellow or green shutdown or close schools.