Coronavirus update: CHOP to mandate vaccines for all employees

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Pa. to launch text campaign with hopes of getting more residents fully vaccinated

Starting next week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will begin texting thousands of residents to remind them they are still one shot away from being fully vaccinated.

During a virtual news conference on Thursday, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said more than 250,000 residents will receive the reminder as part of the campaign, which is targeting people who have let at least two months pass since getting their first shot of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

“While the recommendation is to get the second dose within 42 days for best results, it is never too late to get your second dose. You do not have to start over,” said Beam.

The text campaign comes as positive coronavirus cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 are on the rise in Pennsylvania. On Thursday, the state reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 and more than 400 hospitalizations.

Beam said the “significant majority” — well over 90% — of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19 are preventable at this point.

“And so, while we will closely monitor breakthrough cases to understand what we can do, the greatest protection folks have against getting ill from COVID-19, being hospitalized, or death, is really getting vaccinated,” she said.

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