Local officials blast Wolf Admin. over ‘shortchanging’ SE counties on COVID-19 vaccine

A Sunday meeting between local elected officials and officials from the state Department of Health (DOH) did little to convince officials from Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks county that DOH has not shortchanged the region when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine — and that the state will continue to shortchange the counties surrounding Philadelphia. The meeting — with county commissioners,...

Elected officials reach out to schedule vaccine appointments

Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline (right) making phone calls to county residents to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments, Saturday. Also pictured are (background left to right) State Sen. Carolyn Comitta (D-19), and State Rep. Dan Williams (D-74. WEST CHESTER — All three Chester County Commissioners, and a number of state elected officials joined Chester County Health Department staff...

Don’t retire, ReFire: The value of perserverance

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times In this last year, we all have had to dig deep and plug along an unknown, winding road with no apparent end in sight. Now that the end is in sight, we are still dealing with the slow process of getting to the finish line, almost feeling like we’re walking in quicksand, as we attempt to set up an appoint to be vaccinated! We’re tired. The problem with...

Wolf loosens some COVID restrictions; Congress members call for better Pa. vaccine roll out

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Gov. Tom Wolf announced some loosening of COVID-19 restrictions Monday — as members of Congress from the Philadelphia suburbs, including U.S. Chrissy Houlahan, called for Wolf to fix the state’s vaccine program. This all happened as the new weekly state COVID numbers showed another modest decline — and a similar drop in Chester County from the...

County officials push state on vaccine numbers, explain guidance for schools reopening

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Chester County Commissioners’ chair Marian Moskowitz updates the public on the current status of COVID-19 vaccine in the county, Thursday. WESTTOWN — The leaders of Chester County’s government expressed frustration at low supplies of COVID-19 vaccine — and pledged to keep pushing state officials to boost supplies locally, specifically...

VA holds on the spot enrollment event, March 6

CALN — The Coatesville VA Medical Center will host a health care enrollment event for Veterans on Saturday March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Veterans have the opportunity to enroll for health care on-the-spot through VA and are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD-214 if available. Veterans may: –  Enroll on-the-spot for VA health care –  Schedule a Primary Care Appointment – ...

WCU clinic demonstrates potential model for large county vaccine events

Chester County residents in Phase 1A received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Saturday, at the large-scale clinic established through a partnership between Chester County Hospital and the Chester County Health Department. WEST CHESTER — Two of Chester County’s leading COVID-19 vaccine providers came together on Saturday for a one-day clinic that vaccinated close to 1,500 individuals...

A tale of two political parties

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa With apologies to Charles Dickens, it is a tale of two political parties. In one party, a long-serving U.S. Senator is under attack for voting his conscience — the party rejecting the idea that said senator can hold a former President responsible for sparking an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The local county committee draws up a resolution condemning...

County Health, Chester Co. Hospital partner for one-day vaccine clinic to help appointment backlog

The vaccine clinic site at West Chester University WEST CHESTER — Two of Chester County’s leading COVID-19 vaccine providers have come together to create a one-day mass vaccination clinic this Saturday, Feb. 20, for 1,500 individuals in Phase 1A who live and work in Chester County. The clinic is by appointment only, and the Chester County Health Department has contacted individuals who are...

Taming the robber barons of the Internet: Facebook and Google

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Let’s take a week off from politics and talk about….The Internet! (foreboding music plays). Well, actually not the whole Internet (do not ask me about being a cat on Zoom, I have no clue — I consider Zoom to be an insecure platform and only use it very reluctantly to watch county commission meetings), just Facebook and Google, who are the two...