STATEMENT: PAMED Continues to Advocate for Prioritization of All Frontline Health Workers for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2021

The following is a statement from PAMED President Michael DellaVecchia, MD, PhD, FACS, FICS, FCPP

Jan. 19, 2021 – Today the Pa. Department of Health (DOH) announced an expansion of its COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan to align with new federal guidance. The plan now considers persons that are 65 and older and individuals with certain high- risk conditions to fall within the 1a vaccine category. You can view the plan on PAMED’s Coronavirus webpage – - under the Vaccine Planning tab.

While the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) applauds DOH for expansion of 1a of its vaccination plan to include our most vulnerable citizens, we remain highly concerned that a number of health care workers not connected to large systems remain unvaccinated, unnecessarily putting our frontline workers and their families at risk while asking them to take care of our most critical patients.

PAMED will continue to work with DOH and health care systems to ensure all frontline workers are appropriately prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine.


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