By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – A new tool from the state Health Department aims to help Pennsylvanians figure out if it’s their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine.READ MORE: Drivers Feeling The Pain At The Pumps As Gas Prices Continue To Rise Across Pittsburgh Area
The state launched “Your Turn” on Tuesday.
The tool is meant for Pennsylvanians younger than 65 since all people 65 and older are currently eligible. When it’s your turn, the state will direct you on how to find a vaccine provider. If it’s not your turn yet, you can put in your contact information to get updates about vaccine distribution.
It does not register you to receive a vaccine and it does not guarantee you’ll get a vaccination appointment.READ MORE: Allegheny Co. Council To Vote On Paid Sick Leave Bill
During a press conference announcing the tool, Department of Health Senior Advisor Lindsey Mauldin defended the decision to not have a centralized registration like other states, saying the problem right now is supply.
The state is currently in Phase 1A of its vaccination plan, which includes long-term care facility residents and health care personnel, people 65 and older and those 16-64 with high-risk conditions.
In Westmoreland County, vaccine distribution has been slow going — it’s simply not available. With 10 approved providers and locally organized clinics, a little more than 20,000 people have gotten the first shot and almost 10,000 have gotten the second.
Fayette County is also starting to get its residents vaccinated. It set up a new, free registry to help people get the COVID-19 vaccine.MORE NEWS: 'Good Eat$ Downtown' Campaign Begins, Aimed At Bringing Business Back To Downtown Restaurants