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Lackawanna County residents having trouble finding available vaccines

LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — If you live in Lackawanna County and are having trouble getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you're not alone.

"As soon as I heard Dr. Fauci say that the vaccine was safe, I thought, 'I wanna get it,'" Patricia Dunleavy of Scranton said.

Dunleavy got her COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday at Geisinger Pittston because she was having a hard time finding one in Lackawanna County.

Digital Exclusive: Pittston Saint Patrick's Parade cancelled

PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Committee of the Pittston City Saint Patrick's Parade has announced the cancellation of this year's event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We're devastated but we know it's the safest thing to do and we have been making some plans that we can do safely to commemorate our eighth annual parade which would have been on March 6 of this year," Sarah Donahue, Co-Chair of the Pittston City Saint Patrick's Parade Committee said.

Donahue says the decision comes as an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of parade-goers.

Healthbeat: Infectious disease doctor discusses COVID-19 variant

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — With far more people waiting to be vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to those who have already received the shot, the concern to stop the spread has only increased as more variants emerge.

The first case of a mutated version of COVID-19 was reported in Pennsylvania this month. 

Scientists estimate a new variant of the COVID strain could be twice as contagious. Variants of the virus can raise some serious questions like what is the difference in the virus, how did it mutate, and what precautions should be taken? 

Biden signs 10 virus orders, requires masks to travel

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — As the U.S. enters what Joe Biden has warned may be the "toughest and deadliest period of the virus," the president introduced a new national COVID-19 strategy Thursday.

Biden also signed 10 pandemic-related executive orders. The 10 orders are aimed at jump-starting his national COVID-19 strategy to increase vaccinations and testing and lay the groundwork for reopening schools and businesses.

Weis Markets pharmacies to provide COVID-19 vaccines

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Weis Markets began distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Thursday at its in-store pharmacies.

"I have multiple, multiple illnesses and I was thrilled to get it," said Connie Cobosco, vaccine recipient.

Cobosco told Eyewitness News she was happy to come to the Nanticoke store to get the vaccine and the process was simple.

"Very easy. You walk in, you fill out your paperwork and you get your shot and you're in and out of here in 20 minutes."

Louis Csongeto also waited for his vaccine with no hassle.

Guthrie opening COVID vaccine clinic for residents 65+ in Sayre

SAYRE, Pa. (WETM) – Guthrie announced Thursday that a public COVID-19 vaccine clinic for residents 65 and older will be open at the former K-Mart building on Elmira Street in Sayre.

Due to a limited supply of vaccine, only residents age 65 or older can schedule an appointment to get the vaccine at this time. Clinic eligibility in the future will be expanded upon receiving additional shipments of the vaccine.   

Clinic hours of operation for this wave of vaccination will be as follows:  

·         Friday, January 22: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.   

I-Team: Major changes in PA vaccine rollout plan

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)— The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced major changes today in its vaccination rollout plan.

Changes that many people say should have been made weeks ago.

The I-Team has been contacted by dozens of people in the last several weeks asking why older residents and those with preexisting conditions were not closer to the front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. Today they were moved up in that line.

Healthbeat: Effects of extra screen time during pandemic

KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A major fallout of the pandemic for children and teenagers is spending less time socializing in person, and more time on smartphones, computers and other screens. While that screen time has become a major virtual lifeline, it brings with it some serious concerns.

A recent study shows children’s screen time has increased 50% since the pandemic started. But the screen concerns extend well beyond how much time kids are on their digital devices.

LIVE NOW: Deputy Secretary of Health Cindy Findley to discuss changes to the COVID-19 vaccine plan in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -- Department of Health Deputy Secretary of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and head of the COVID-19 vaccine task force, Cindy Findley will hold a press conference Tuesday to announce the expansion of vaccine distribution and changes to the COVID-19 vaccine plan.

Findley is the acting replacement for former PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who on Tuesday was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden as the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Day of service: Friends of the Poor arrange for residents to receive vaccine

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — As part of their National Day of Service, Friends of the Poor helped vaccinate hundreds of low-income elderlies who live in at Adams High Rise in Scranton. Residents were given the opportunity to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

"I was a little apprehensive at first but I feel grateful for the opportunity," said Keith Ranson, resident.

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