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Lehigh Valley Health Network reschedules more COVID-19 vaccine appointments

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) - Friday afternoon, Lehigh Valley Health Network announced they must reschedule more COVD-19 vaccination appointments, due to a lack of supply.

This affects about 3,200 people scheduled to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Feb. 20, 21 and 22.

Lehigh Valley Health Network released the following information about appointment rescheduling:

· Appointments scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, will be rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, at the same time and location.

Digital Exclusive: Housing rentals booming in the Poconos

MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A new report from Airbnb reveals hosts with listings in the Pocono area since the start of the pandemic are seeing success on the platform, earning over $7 million since March of 2020.

"Over the last 3-5 years, the usage of homes for short-term rentals has just exploded. Especially within the Pocono Mountains, being so close to Philadelphia and New York," said Chris Barrett, President & CEO, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

Active weather in commonwealth to cause vaccine delays

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Wolf Administration blames the active winter weather pattern for triggering vaccine disruptions. While the latest storm hasn't approached the severity of some others in Pennsylvania this winter, state officials say it's not just what's happening weather-wise in the Keystone State that can adversely impact COVID vaccine shipments.

Severe weather delays shipments of vaccine to Geisinger facilities across region

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — As severe weather across the nation continues, vaccine shipments to Geisinger vaccine locations across the region are being delayed and the healthcare provider is rescheduling appointments set for Friday, February 19th to give first doses to residents. Those with appointments being moved will be contacted.

At the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Vaccine Center:

All first-dose vaccine appointments will be rescheduled to Tuesday, March 2.Second-dose appointments will continue as scheduled.

Guthrie addresses concerns over DOH Moderna vaccine second dose misallocation

SAYRE, BRADFORD COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Northeastern PA medical provider Guthrie addressed the concerns surrounding the Moderna coronavirus vaccine second dose supply after the Pennsylvania Department of Health discovered the mistake in a second dose allocation on Wednesday.

The company says it has not been informed of a delay in second doses of Moderna due to inventory issues at the state level, however, a few hundred second doses have been delayed due to weather.

Wolf Administration outlines response to snowstorm and vaccine delivery

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — PEMA Director Randy Padfield, PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Melissa Batula and Department of Health Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin are holding a briefing to discuss the state's response to the snowstorm that is affecting much of the state, and an update on the storm's impact on COVID-19 vaccine delivery and distribution.

Healthbeat: COVID-19 survivor details experience, shares message of hope

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The toll COVID-19 has taken on families worldwide in the past year has been devastating. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 23,000 people have died from the virus.

Many who've survived it say it's the worst thing they've ever experienced. People infected with COVID-19 may have no symptoms or suffer greatly.

A public figure in Northeastern Pennsylvania is sharing his experience with COVID which he calls the most devastating illness he's ever had.

Geisinger to reschedule more vaccine appointments ahead of winter weather

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Geisinger locations are rescheduling first-dose and some second-dose COVID vaccines set for Thursday, Feb. 18.

Locations that are affected include:

The Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Vaccine Center:

• All Thursday, Feb. 18 first-dose vaccine appointments will be rescheduled to Monday, March 1.

• All Thursday, Feb. 18 second-dose vaccine appointments will be rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 19.

The Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital Vaccine Center:

Vaccinate NEPA: Local pharmacy concerned they won't receive enough vaccines to meet demand

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Getting the COVID-19 vaccine for many who qualify is easier said than done.

While the state boasts more than 1.7 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed, many people are still waiting -- including customers of local pharmacies.

Harrold's Pharmacy began administering its first doses of the vaccine four weeks ago. The rollout was a huge success but now the pharmacy is in limbo when it comes to vaccine supply.

City of Pottsville cancels St. Patrick's Day parade, announces virtual events

POTTSVILLVE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Pottsville's St. Patrick's Day parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic but city officials say they're still marking the holiday with a number of virtual events.

In place of the parade will be several virtual contests including "Best Wearing Green", "Best St. Patrick's Day Home" and "Best St. Patrick's Day Pet Photo." An Irish-themed scavenger hunt will also be taking place.

For more information on how to enter and the specific events see the attached flyer.

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