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Prioritizing smokers for the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania: The Officials

Prioritizing smokers for the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania: The Officials

Pennsylvania health officials moved this week to prioritize smokers in Covid-19 Vaccine.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Stage 1A Vaccine Distribution Plan – Current phase of mandate – now includes “people between the ages of 16 and 64 with high risk medical conditions” with smoking included.

According to the state’s vaccine rollout plan, smokers in Pennsylvania are prioritized higher than education workers, first responders, and postal service workers, among other groups.

“Pennsylvania chose to follow [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] Recommendations and the inclusion of smoking in the list of medical conditions that expose individuals to greater risk, “a spokesman for the Ministry of Health He told the local news station WTAE-4 The current situation.

New Jersey is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine to smokers, but teachers and other essential workers have kept waiting

In fact, the country’s expansion to include those suffering from underlying conditions – including smoking – corresponds to CDC directing For those considered to be at increased risk of contracting serious illness from COVID-19.

However, not all residents are pleased with the move – a Pennsylvania woman told WTAE-4 she was “stunned” by the news.

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Inclusion of smokers in Phase 1A follows A. A similar move outside New JerseyHealth officials have opened the distribution of the Coronavirus vaccine to include residents aged 65 or over and those aged 16 or over who have at least one chronic medical condition, which the state also said includes smoking.

Mississippi has also prioritized smokers Its first phase to distribute the Coronavirus vaccine.

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Alex Heine of Fox News contributed to this report.