COVID-19 Vaccine

What We Know About a Vaccine

Kennie’s Pharmacy has been carefully following the development and rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has reviewed the available research data and believe the approved vaccines are safe and effective.

Pennsylvania Covid-19 Vaccine Phased Rollout

Phase one (limited supply) includes vaccinating individuals in 3 sub-tiers (1A, 1B, 1C) as determined by the PA Department of Health:

1A (Current vaccination phase) – Long-term care facility residents

  • Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
    • Emergency medical service personnel
    • Nurses
    • Nursing assistants
    • Physicians
    • Dentists
    • Dental hygienists
    • Chiropractors
    • Therapists
    • Phlebotomists
    • Pharmacists
    • Technicians
    • Pharmacy technicians
    • Health professions students and trainees
    • Direct support professionals
    • Clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities
    • Contractual HCP not directly employed by the health care facility
    • Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients
  • Persons ages 65 and older
  • Persons aged 16-64 with high risk conditions causing increased risk for severe disease:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD
    • Down Syndrome
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
    • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
    • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

1B – People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as LTCF and persons receiving home and community-based services:

  • First responders
  • Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
  • Food and agricultural workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Education workers
  • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
  • Public transit workers
  • Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs

1C – Essential workers in these sectors:

  • Transportation and logistics
  • Water and wastewater
  • Food service
  • Housing construction
  • Finance, including bank tellers
  • Information technology
  • Communications
  • Energy, including nuclear reactors
  • Legal services
  • Federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff
  • Media
  • Public safety
  • Public health workers

Phase two (full population supply) includes providing access to a safe and effective vaccine for the entire population.

For more information about the PA vaccination plan, phases and availability please refer to the PA department of Health website at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

Vaccine Safety

The vaccine has been through a rigorous process before being approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is confidence within the medical community that an effective vaccine will help slow the spread and aide us all in turning the corner in this pandemic.

For a deeper dive on vaccine information, we recommend reading the information provided by Johns Hopkins University and Medical at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/vaccines

Availability

As vaccine becomes available, we will open appointment slots on our website. Please check back regularly for more information.