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September 21, 2021 - Hershey, PA

Pennsylvania Ready to Provide COVID-19 Booster Shots Upon CDC Authorization

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam today signed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance.

"Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it," Beam said during a news conference at the Hershey Pharmacy. "Vaccine providers - especially pharmacies - have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible."

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to discuss boosters on Sept. 22 and 23 and is expected to make recommendations and provide guidance to vaccine providers following the meeting.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A bowl filled with empty vaccine vials is pictured inside Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Chuck Kray, pharmacist and owner of Hershey Pharmacy, speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. Denise A. Johnson, MD., acting Physician General of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. Karen L. Krok, MD., vice chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. Karen L. Krok, MD, vice chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19144_DOH_BoosterShots_NK_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. Denise A. Johnson, MD., acting Physician General of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, speaks during a press conference, which discussed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal guidance, in Hershey Pharmacy in Hershey on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Pennsylvania is well prepared to start providing vaccine booster shots just as soon as the CDC provides the approval and guidelines on who can get it, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. Vaccine providers  especially pharmacies  have already done a tremendous job administering more than 12 million vaccines across the state. Now they are ready to get booster shots to people as quickly and efficiently as possible.