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Pennsylvania health official on COVID-19 vaccine: More is coming, but it is going to take some time – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

Pennsylvania health officials said Wednesday that the state’s weekly allotment of COVID-19 vaccine doses is rising to more than 175,000.That supply is still not enough to vaccinate everyone in the first phase of the rollout.”More is coming, but it is going to take some time,” COVID-19 press secretary Barry Ciccocioppo said.Ciccocioppo said the limited supply means it can be challenging for eligible residents to find a provider to immunize them.Many seniors have told WGAL the state’s website to find providers can be difficult to use. People may also spend hours on the phone contacting providers, only to find out they can’t make an appointment.”I understand the frustration that you have older people competing with younger people,” Ciccocioppo said.Ciccocioppo said many nonprofits are working with seniors to help schedule appointments.The state may soon offer more help.”We’re working with the Department of Aging to try to level that playing field, so to speak,” Ciccocioppo said.

Pennsylvania health officials said Wednesday that the state’s weekly allotment of COVID-19 vaccine doses is rising to more than 175,000.

That supply is still not enough to vaccinate everyone in the first phase of the rollout.

“More is coming, but it is going to take some time,” COVID-19 press secretary Barry Ciccocioppo said.

Ciccocioppo said the limited supply means it can be challenging for eligible residents to find a provider to immunize them.

Many seniors have told WGAL the state’s website to find providers can be difficult to use. People may also spend hours on the phone contacting providers, only to find out they can’t make an appointment.

“I understand the frustration that you have older people competing with younger people,” Ciccocioppo said.

Ciccocioppo said many nonprofits are working with seniors to help schedule appointments.

The state may soon offer more help.

“We’re working with the Department of Aging to try to level that playing field, so to speak,” Ciccocioppo said.

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