When the covid-19 vaccine became available, people were clamoring for a chance to get it, and the problem was that there was not enough available. Now, the state is stocked with vaccine, but many people don’t seem to want it. Governor Tom Wolf says the pause in distributing the Johnson & Johnson has created questions, but acknowledges that for some time, the state has known that there will be “hesitancy” among some to get the shot. A Muhlenberg College poll this week found that 46 percent of unvaccinated state residents still plan to get the vaccine as soon as it’s available to them, but 31 percent do not plan to ever get it. The state on Tuesday made the vaccine available to all residents over the age of 16.
As of Friday, 24,044 of Indiana County’s residents were either fully or partially vaccinated. The Indiana Regional Medical Center had administered 20,929 of those shots. To make an appointment for your vaccine, visit irmc.org, or call 724-357-7075 and press option #8.
The Purchase Line School District yesterday reported another confirmed case of coronavirus in a student at the elementary school. Others who were exposed to the student are being notified and quarantined. Classes at the school will continue as usual for now.