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All Pennsylvania Adults To Be COVID-19 Vaccine-Eligible Starting April 13

Pennsylvania has once again expanded its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility requirements as statewide vaccination efforts ramp up.

This time, Governor Tom Wolf announced all Pennsylvania adults aged 16 and up, including Penn State students, will be eligible to book vaccine appointments starting Tuesday, April 13.

“We need to maintain acceleration of the vaccine rollout, especially as case counts and hospitalization rates have increased,” Wolf said in a statement. “Therefore, just as President Biden has brought forward universal adult access to vaccines from May 1 to April 19, we are moving Pennsylvania’s timeline of universal adult access to April 13.”

Pennsylvania was originally prepared to expand eligibility to all adults on Monday, April 19.

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said expanded eligibility should increase the likelihood that college students can complete their two-dose regimens before leaving campus and traveling home for the summer. She also said the expansion should streamline appointment processes now that medical eligibility is essentially a non-factor.

To date, Pennsylvania has administered more than 6 million vaccines to residents. According to Department of Health data, 33,596 Centre County residents are fully vaccinated, while 19,227 have received one dose.

COVID-19 vaccine efforts have recently made their way onto Penn State’s campus. The Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency recently launched a new state-run vaccine clinic at the Bryce Jordan Center that began offering shots on Friday, April 9.

The BJC clinic is currently equipped to administer 600 Johnson & Johnson vaccines each day but plans on expanding capacity even more soon.

You can make an appointment for the BJC’s clinic by visiting PEMA’s website or calling 1-(844)-545-3450.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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