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February 17, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

Department of Health and Legislative Joint Task Force Take Action to Ensure Pennsylvanians Get Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose.

Acknowledging communications shortcomings and the need for more frequent outreach to providers, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam outlined plans moving forward.

"As the Department of Health continues to review and improve the complex processes necessary to get COVID-19 vaccine from the manufacturers into the arms of Pennsylvanians as quickly as possible, we discovered some providers inadvertently administered the Moderna vaccine shipped to them intended as second doses, as first doses," Acting Secretary Beam said. "We are taking immediate action to remedy the situation and are committed to ensuring that second doses are available.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_09.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_12.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_13.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_14.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18537_doh_covid_dz_15.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at the press conference.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the newly formed joint task force with the legislature today reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvanians will have access to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the CDC-recommended timeframe of up to 42 days after the first dose. Harrisburg, PA  February 17, 2021