County: high vaccination rates have COVID case numbers falling

Chester County Health Officials announced Thursday that 83 percent of all eligible Chester County residents (age 12 and above) are partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Taking it one step further, of those age 18 and over (which follows the Governor’s benchmark), 92 percent are partially or fully vaccinated.  According to county health officials, these figures indicate that Chester...

Extreme Pa. GOP mapping its own demise

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa You’ve probably heard about the old story about the dog who finally caught the car — and didn’t know what to do with it. In Pennsylvania, of late, assume legislative Republicans are the dog grabbing the rear bumper, but one who doesn’t see the reverse lights suddenly turn on. They’ve already moved to take emergency declaration power away...

Survey: Chester County residents ready to return to activities, but carefully

With the lifting of many PA COVID-19 restrictions taking place next week, the results of the Restore Chester County survey reveal that vaccination status, safety measures and social distancing will continue to play a major role in individuals’ confidence to take part in community events and activities, and to return to restaurant dining. Outdoor v. indoor preference The preference for outdoor...

Vaccinated? CDC, Pa. Health says it’s OK to take off mask in most situations

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Vector color chalk drawn illustration of medical mask on black chalkboard background. With COVID-19 cases dropping nationally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Thursday afternoon that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks, indoors or outdoors, or observe social distancing, although masks will be required on public...

County starts COVID vaccinations for kids as young as 12 today

Following the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommendation of the Pfizer vaccine for those ages 12-15,  Chester County Health Department officials will offer the Pfizer vaccine at its walk-in or drive-thru clinic locations, with or without an appointment, from Thursday morning, May 13. From Thursday, May 13, the Pfizer vaccine will be available without the need for...

Chesco health partnering with EMS to deliver vaccines at home

Kerri Barrett, Good Fellowship Ambulance Paramedic, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to an at-home individual. WEST CHESTER — As part of its effort to ensure every eligible Chester County resident who chooses to have a COVID-19 vaccine is able to receive one, the Chester County Health Department has partnered with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies to schedule at-home vaccine appointments...

Chester County opens walk-in sites for COVID vaccine

Chester County Health Department officials announced a number of COVID-19 vaccine clinics now offer walk-in vaccinations.   County health officials encourage everyone who is eligible, but has not yet received the vaccine, to take advantage of this free, convenient option. From Friday, May 7, the Health Department’s walk-in vaccine clinic at the Exton Square Mall (former Sears store) will offer...

Wolf to lift most COVID restrictions May 31; mask mandate to continue until 70% get 1st vaccine

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The battle against COVID-19 has been a long — and difficult  — one, but it appears rising vaccination rates and dropping infection and death rates will allow the commonwealth to end most of its pandemic-related restrictions at the end of this month, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday, while also setting a vaccination goal to end the state’s...

A tale of two countries tells us the vaccine works; get your shot if you haven’t yet

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It’s May and flowers (and pollen, achoo) are blooming everywhere in Chester County. You know what else is blooming: optimism that the worst of the COVID-19 is over in our area and we are working our way past this pandemic. If you want a shot, you pretty much can walk up in a number of locations and get one. About 65% of the adult population of the...

Chesco announces two more COVID vaccination sites: Exton Mall, Longwood Gardens

WEST CHESTER — Chester County residents can now get their COVID-19 vaccine in two, new unique ways: via a drive-thru clinic or — at the mall, as the county makes a push to get more people inoculated. There seems to be a clear indication that the vaccine is having a local impact: 60% of county residents have had at least one shot to date and new infections and hospitalizations are beginning...