Sask. Health Authority urging Phase 1 vaccine patients to make registrations soon

Brenda Watkins
March 19, 2021

"With 3.2 million doses administered as of March 9, 2021, the 3,396 unusable doses reported by state providers make up about 0.1% of the doses administered - less than the CDC expectation of 5% of unusable doses", Alicia Shoults, an Ohio Department of Health spokesperson, said in an email.

Geisinger's COVID-19 vaccine program - one of the largest in the state to date - announced Thursday that it is now opening a waiting list for those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the state's Phase 1A groups.

In the interim, state health agencies are much more inclined to tout how fast they've administered the shots while keeping mum on the number of doses that end up in the trash. Last week, IN was fifth from the bottom for doses delivered per 100,000 residents. The government will seek to secure five to 10 million doses, the vaccine task force said earlier this week. "Our goal is to get more shots in arms and in, so we're eager for the vaccine supply to increase substantially".

"Although Africa received vaccines late and in limited quantities, a lot of ground has been covered in a short space of time". Once that happens, eligibility should open up for everyone in the state at that time, she continued. Philadelphia has recorded the most, at 3,220, followed by Allegheny (1,774), Montgomery (1,585), DE (1,268) and Bucks (1,160), according to the state health department.

"Things are working extremely well", Health Minister Paul Merriman said during the announcement on Thursday. "We are now able to begin providing the vaccine to more groups".

Michiganders are also starting to travel more, nearing levels not seen since before the pandemic, Morse said - a claim backed by data from the Bureau of Transportation. And full days, when roughly 1,000 people might get a vaccine, they see around 30 no-shows, he said. Around 870,000 people across IN are now fully vaccinated, which represents almost 20% of the state's population. Those vaccination rates drop to 63% for those aged 60 to 69, and 43% for Hoosiers between the ages of 50 and 59. Eligible users can find nearby vaccination centres from the search bar in Apple Maps or can ask Siri "Where can I get a COVID vaccination?"

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Biden has said that there will be enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May. The president said it's not a time for Americans to let their guard down regarding the virus.

Separate from the drive thru, the SHA has also expanded the minimum age to book a vaccine appointment.

Matt Hancock told broadcasters on Tuesday: "The Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is safe, we know that over 10 million people have had it in this country, and that's what the British regulator says but also the World Health Organisation and even the European regulator".

"As of last night, almost 50 percent of all residents aged 80-or-over have now received their first dose", said Ford.

The total number of community members who have lost their lives to this deadly virus is 107.

Pennsylvania reported 37 additional deaths, raising its total to 24,689.

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