COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Opens Tuesday To All Pennsylvanians 16+

A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine dose. Photo via Bucks County.

The Wolf Administration is again shifting its date to open vaccine eligibility to all Pennsylvanians ages 16 and older. And it’s Tuesday, April 13.

Governor Tom Wolf announced the new date late Monday morning. This gives Pennsylvanians a one day heads up. It also allows people in Phase 1C just one day to schedule an appointment before the proverbial floodgates open.

“We need to maintain acceleration of the vaccine rollout, especially as case counts and hospitalization rates have increased,” said Wolf. “Therefore, just as President Biden has brought forward universal adult access to vaccines from May 1 to April 19, we are moving Pennsylvania’s timeline of universal adult access to April 13.”

The state Department of Health says nearly 39 percent of all Pennsylvanians have already received a first dose of a vaccine. More than 6.4 million shots have gone into arms.

This change in timeline is the second in two weeks. At the end of March, the Wolf Administration announced all Pennsylvanians would be eligible starting April 19.

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam noted the new date will streamline the process for booking appointments. Vaccine providers will no longer need to check if a person is eligible.

“Everyone needs and should be afforded the opportunity to access the vaccine as soon as possible,” said Beam. “And, this change provides earlier access for many, including college students increasing the likelihood of completion of two-dose regimens prior to leaving campus for the summer.”

Pennsylvanians must still make an appointment before they can get the vaccine.

The Bucks County government has closed its pre-registration waitlists. Instead, all residents can use the Track My Vaccine website.