Major setback causes the number of Pennsylvania residents vaccinated against COVID-19 to drop by a million overnight

Pennsylvania said on Wednesday that 68.8% of adult residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — far less than the 73.7% cited Tuesday and figures reported in press releases for weeks.

A press release offered little explanation, other than that on Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “started correcting their data to match Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 vaccine data, and we expect the CDC to go through a similar process with others.” states across the country. ”

In human terms, it equates to 1,076,911 adult Pennsylvanians who were believed to have been fully vaccinated on Tuesday and who, it turns out, are not, according to data from health department spokeswoman Maggi Barton.

The number refers to persons of 18 years or older.

Barton, reached by email late in the afternoon on Wednesday, said the change was a result of removing duplicate vaccination records and correcting data related to the first, second and booster dose.

She declined to talk about the public health implications.

“We continue to encourage Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated and we are encouraged that the seven-day average for daily vaccinations in Pennsylvania is over 50,000,” Barton wrote.

dr. John Goldman, a UPMC infectious disease specialist, said the revision is “one million less” [fully vaccinated] people than we would like.”

“This kind of confirms what we already knew — there are too many people who haven’t been vaccinated,” he said. “There are still plenty of unvaccinated adults that the virus can still spread easily.”

With the two most widely used vaccines in Pennsylvania, two doses are needed to achieve complete protection. It is now recommended that people who have received both doses receive a booster dose after six months.

The state’s health department also reported 7,569 new COVID-19 infections in its daily update Wednesday, continuing an upward trend just as the holiday season begins and cold weather keeps people indoors where the virus spreads more easily.

Pennsylvania hospitals took care of 3,386 COVID-19 patients early Wednesday, another increase.

The health department reported 98 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s pandemic toll to 33,101.

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