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February 25, 2022 - Harrisburg, PA

Department of Health Provides COVID-19 Update, Highlights PA's Transition Toward Endemic

Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter provided an update on the commonwealth's response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19.

"Pennsylvania continues to address the evolving challenges created by the global COVID-19 pandemic," Klinepeter said during a news conference today. "Over the past year, tens of millions of vaccinations and booster doses were administered to save lives and mitigate the spread of disease. COVID-19 isn't going away. But Pennsylvania is well-positioned with the tools, knowledge, and resources to prioritize prevention in everyday life and manage outbreaks when they occur."

As of this week, Pennsylvania vaccine providers have administered 22,030,656 COVID-19 vaccines according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 76 percent of people ages 18 and older are fully vaccinated; and 95 percent of residents ages 18 and older received at least one vaccination.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20567_DOH_CovidUpdate_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter speaks during a press conference, which provided an update on the commonwealths response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted preparations being made to continue protecting public health, as the commonwealth transitions toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, inside the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg on Friday, February 25, 2022. Moving forward does not mean ignoring COVID-19, Klinepeter said. We have the knowledge and tools needed to make smart decisions guided by public health research to keep ourselves and our communities safer. Our strategy includes a continued focus on prevention while being nimble enough to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape.