STATEMENT: PAMED Applauds Department of Health’s First Step to Vaccinate Independent Physicians

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2020

The following is a statement from PAMED Board Chair Edward P. Balaban, DO

Dec. 30, 2020 – Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced today an order that directs hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and pharmacies to designate 10 percent of their COVID-19 vaccines for physicians and other health care workers in practices not affiliated with large systems. This plan will take effect on Jan. 6, 2021.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) applauds the Pa. Department of Health (DOH) for taking a great first step toward getting our physicians who are not affiliated with larger systems vaccinated. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with DOH on solutions to the challenges COVID-19 continues to present to our physicians, their practices, and our communities.

Non-affiliated health care workers wishing to be vaccinated are encouraged to reference the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hospital Decision Tool for Phase 1A on page 60 of the plan to determine who may be vaccinated during this phase.

The Secretary’s order does not affect the work being done by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health. Physicians in Philadelphia can learn more at

PAMED’s Coronavirus Resource Center can be accessed at


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