I write about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted life in the Philly region and whatever else gets newsy.

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As Pa. expands vaccine eligibility to phase 1B, frontline workers compete for coveted appointments

Gov. Wolf estimates that every Pennsylvanian who wants a shot will have gotten at least a first dose by the second week of May.

Philly to open vaccine eligibility to all adults April 19; COVID-19 cases rising in Pa.; North Philly FEMA site opens Friday

Philadelphia's timeline matches Pennsylvania's plans, as well as President Joe Biden’s push for all states to open eligibility by that date.

Pa. is finally expanding vaccine eligibility. But perceptions of a rocky rollout linger.

Miscommunication and mixed messages from the people charged with overseeing the distribution have prompted widespread frustration. “We have a system that looks broken to people," said one lawmaker.

Daily case counts have doubled in Philly in past month; many city vaccines have gone to non-residents; Delaware expanding vaccine eligibility to all adults

To prevent deaths, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said he is instructing vaccine providers to prioritize people 65 and older in giving out shots.

Second FEMA vaccine site to open in Philly; Chesco launches new vaccine registration system; CDC director warns of ‘impending doom’ as COVID-19 numbers rise

COVID-19 cases are up 10% nationally over the past week. Infections and hospitalizations are on the rise in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

COVID-19 cases surging in Pa. and N.J. as variants spread; Biden sets goal of 200 million vaccinations by end of April

Pennsylvania reported more than 4,000 cases for the first time in a month, the most infections in a single day since the beginning of February.

Despite discontent in Harrisburg, Wolf says Pa. vaccine rollout is going well

“There really shouldn’t be much of an incentive to go anywhere else” outside the state to get vaccinated, the governor said.

New Jersey’s vaccine rollout is mostly working. In Pennsylvania, it’s more complicated.

New Jersey is regularly ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. in efficiently getting shots into arms. But Pennsylvania has consistently ranked in the bottom half.

Pa. House passes bill to let Philly suburbs run their own mass vaccine clinics, a bipartisan rebuke of the state’s rollout

The bill now goes to the Senate. It is unclear if Gov. Tom Wolf would sign it if it reached his desk, or if the House had enough votes to override his veto.