To date, only 975 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Adams County for delivery to Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital staff.
These doses are only Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and no shipments of Moderna vaccine have been received. The Pfizer vaccine was approved for distribution by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 11, and the Moderna vaccine was approved on December 18.
Officials haven't said when more vaccines are expected.
The federal legislature was one of the first to receive vaccines.
After receiving his vaccine, U.S. Senator Bob Casey said the following:
“Our nation now has a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19. This morning I received the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. I'll be getting my second dose in about three weeks. I encourage all Americans, in consultation with their doctor, to receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them. "
Rep. John Joyce (PA-13) received the first doses of his Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on December 11, saying:
“As a doctor, I want to lead by example. All Americans can count on the COVID-19 vaccine for safety and its life-saving potential. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective – and it's also key to fighting the virus, rebuilding the economy, and saving lives.
It is unknown if Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey or a state legislature received vaccines.
Meanwhile, the number of cases in Adams County continues to rise, with a further increase expected after the holiday season.
Charles Stangor is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gettysburg News.