Vaccine Updates in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania – March 24th, 2021
The Wolf administration will be increasing capacity for outdoor events and will allow restaurants to increase seating from 50% to 75% of their capacity. Gyms, casinos, and other entertainment venues can also increase their capacities to 75%. Additionally, indoor events may be held with 25% of maximum occupancy, up from 15%, outdoor events with 50% of space’s capacity, up from 20%.
Pennsylvania is currently averaging 3,271 new cases a day over the past seven days, down from peaks hit during the winter but once again rising. This is 27% higher than a week ago. Overall, 976,847 Pennsylvanians have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
PA ranks 2nd in the nation for per capita vaccinations last week. Last week, the state combined for an average of 87,800 doses, which is 9% more than the week prior. At least 3.18 million have received at least one or both COVID-19 vaccines, with 1.54 million fully vaccinated. Overall, Pennsylvania ranks 29th nationally per capita overall.
Dr. Farley has announced that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s rolling average is 403 new cases/day (29% higher than a week ago) out of an average of 6,500 daily tests. Philadelphia’s positivity rate is on average 6.5% which is four-tenths of a point higher than last week.
- Philadelphia has completed 471,000 1st dose vaccinations (with 69% going to city residents), and at least 184k full vaccinations (61% to residents).
- Philadelphia will not follow Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to significantly loosen coronavirus safety restrictions for the rest of Pennsylvania starting April 4 because COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Philly.
- On April 4th, Philly will make small changes to its restrictions such as allowing food to be served at indoor business meetings and allowing outdoor catered events to be attended by up to 250 people.
- The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is canceling roughly 30,000 appointments for the first COVID vaccine doses at the FEMA site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Farley says the appointments were made erroneously after people began sharing a link to schedule their second shot.
- For the next three weeks, the Convention center will only administer second doses. Anyone seeking the first dose will be directed to other community sites.
- The city will start giving the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson vaccine the week of April 12 to those who’ve registered on the city’s vaccine interest page.