Commissioners’ Weekly Update highlights COVID-19 Spike and Vaccine

The Berks County Commissioners hosted their Weekly Media and Public Update on Wednesday focusing on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, specifically here in Berks County.

The Commissioners were joined by doctors from local healthcare providers to discuss their current capabilities, plans for wider distribution and some of the challenges they are facing as we continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Included in the hour long discussion was Dr. Debra Powell – Section Chief for Infectious Diseases and Medical Director for Infection Prevention at Tower Health/Reading Hospital. Dr. Jeffrey Held – Vice President, Medical Affairs for Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Held is PSH St Joseph’s clinical liaison with the County Commission and the Berks County community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Mary Kelleher – Chief Medical Officer, Berks Community Health Center.

The panel addressed the approval of vaccines for COVID-19, an overview of what the medical facilities are offering for vaccine distribution and an estimate of how many people have been vaccinated to date.

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