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Biden boosting vaccine allotments, financing for virus costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday that it is moving to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, freeing up more doses for states and beginning to distribute them to retail pharmacies next week. The push comes amid new urgency to speed vaccinations to prevent the spread of potentially more serious strains of the virus that has killed more than 445,000 Americans.

I-Team: Post-COVID economic recovery

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The pandemic has impacted virtually every segment of the economy at the national, state and local levels. Two state lawmakers from the region will play key roles in determining what the new normal economy might look like.

State Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Aaron Kaufer say lessons learned from the COVID experience just might be put to use in finding that so-called 'new normal' in business.

Geisinger closes three vaccination locations due to winter storm

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Geisinger has closed the following vaccination locations Monday due to the ongoing winter storm:

Geisinger CenterPoint COVID-19 Vaccine CenterGeisinger Jersey Shore COVID-19 Vaccine CenterGeisinger Health Plan Building COVID-19 Vaccine Center (Danville)

The vaccination locations will only be closed for the the day. According to their website, vaccine appointments are temporarily unavailable.

For more information about vaccines you can head to the Geisinger website.

Healthcare provider warns that scheduling multiple vaccine appointments affects other people’s access

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A healthcare provider and Lackawanna County officials are sending a warning to people who schedule several appointments to receive a COVID vaccine which is causing a backlog.

That backlog is blocking others from receiving a vaccine. Officials want people to be patient as the demand overshadows the supply.

The Wright Center for Community Health in Scranton vaccinates 750 people per day. That's around 3,000 a week.

Two area hospitals issue statements about vaccine uncertainty

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Two area hospitals have issued statements discussing the uncertainly of COVID-19 vaccine availability.

Evangelical Community Hospital in Union County says they are suspending COVID-19 vaccine registration due to the uncertainty of supply. The suspension went into effect noon on Friday.

"The Vaccine Team has been working diligently to answer as many calls and schedule as many qualifying individuals as possible. To date appointments have been scheduled through the end of March," a statement from the hospital read, in part.

I-Team: Toohil calls for transfer of patients from Drums nursing home

DRUMS, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — State Representative Tarah Toohil (R) 116th District is calling on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to transfer the 30 patients from the Kadima Rehabilitation and Nursing home to another facility after she says she received complaints from staff and family members about supposed poor conditions inside the facility.

"So we have been contacted by family members and also staff that are very concerned," Toohil told the Eyewitness News I-Team outside Kadima Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Drums.

Lackawanna County commissioner weighs in on Gov. Wolf's 2021 COVID-19 plan, vaccine distribution

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — When it comes to the coronavirus vaccine, there just is not enough yet to go around.

On Wednesday, the Lackawanna County Chief of Staff told Eyewitness News there needs to be a more uniform system at the state and local level for vaccine rollout. On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf chimed in on that conversation.

"We can now see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and I want to make sure that we're ready and able to get back on track quickly," Wolf said.

You may not have to pay back your stimulus checks but there are more tax changes coming

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Tax season is starting late this year, and there are a number of changes to the tax laws in addition to stimulus checks and the continuous spread of COVID-19.

"A lot of people won't be happy," said Managing Partner for Apple Tree Financial Group Keith Layman. "I know a lot of clients use it [refunds] to save up so then it's their savings, their vacation money, their house remodel money, whatever may be. So there are going to be some unhappy people become filing time."

Governor Wolf outlines 2021 agenda following the COVID-19 pandemic

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Governor Tom Wolf outlined his 2021 agenda for the commonwealth, which the administration says will prioritize a path towards recovery for all Pennsylvanians following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor will give the state budget proposal in front of the General Assembly the first week of February. Wolf says his proposal focuses on three key points.

The first focus is getting Pennsylvania back on track beyond the pandemic.

Shortages cause questions, concern for vaccine rollout

LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Many have taken the coronavirus vaccine as a sign of hope but there's still a growing number of questions and concerns.

By the end of the week, more than 1.5 million vaccines will have been been administered here in the Keystone State. The problem? There's more than four million in the 1-A category of the rollout plan alone.

The supply chain from the federal to local levels is under scrutiny.

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