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Vaccine supplies thin out as demand increases in Lackawanna County

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — With Phase 1-A of the state's vaccine rollout, the number of people who are eligible exceeds the amount of vaccines available. The supply and demand is causing frustration at the local level.

It was a long shot, but on Saturday Maureen Chell received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine. This comes after the state department moved those 16-65 with underlying conditions to Phase 1-A — along with those 65 and older — last week, making Chell eligible.

"Well my first reaction was glory hallelujah we're making progress," said Chell.

I-Team: A dive into the impact of COVID-19 in Northeast PA

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on every aspect of our community. We are still learning just how the pandemic is affecting our lives, in one way or another. A local research group is taking a real-time look at the impact of the pandemic.

A nonprofit research group, The Institute, which is based at Wilkes University, is taking a deep dive into the pandemic’s impact.

Bucknell University emphasizes more testing for the new semester

LEWISBURG, UNION COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Schools across Pennsylvania are eyeing up the return of students in one way or another.

COVID testing is going to be vital for not just students and faculty at Bucknell University, but across the Keystone State.

"I'll be honest, I think a lot of people were betting against Bucknell last semester. I was one of them, not because I wanted to be, but just because I think everyone was trying to think realistically. Is this even possible?" said Kaitlin McClain, resident advisor and junior at Bucknell University.

Scranton first responders receive Moderna vaccine

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — First responders in Lackawanna County will have an extra protection against the coronavirus.

Some Scranton police officers and city firefighters received their second dose of the vaccine this morning. In all, around 60 first responders got vaccinated today.

With his sleeve rolled up and a pinch of the skin, Scranton Police Chief Leonard Namiotka received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine.

I-Team: Unemployment payment delays

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Concerns and questions continue tonight across our region regarding challenges many people are facing to obtain unemployment compensation benefits.

Tuesday the person who runs that state agency met virtually with reporters from across the commonwealth to discuss those problems. Rarely does a day go by when someone doesn't reached out to the I-Team with a concern or complaint regarding unemployment compensation claims.

The basic message Tuesday from Harrisburg? We hear you and are doing our best to resolve these issues.

Third stimulus checks: Here's what is holding up those $1,400 payments

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) -- With President Joe Biden now in office, many Democrats were hopeful he'd quickly try to push his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan through Congress and get a $1,400 stimulus check out as soon as possible to most Americans. So far, we haven't seen much movement on that.

As of Monday, the process is taking more time than many Democratic leaders hoped. The checks are part of a complex and layered plan that includes increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, expanding paid leave for workers and increasing tax credits for families with children. 

UPMC awaiting vaccine for general public

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — At present, UPMC Susquehanna, the largest hospital in Williamsport, says they don't have any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the general population, and are eagerly awaiting an update from Harrisburg as to when more might be on the way.

"The information we're receiving from Harrisburg, we don't have a lot right now as to the how, what and when of the next layers of the vaccine that we'll have available to us," said Dave Lopatofsky, MD/Chief Medical Officer, UPMC Susquehanna.

President Biden ordering economic help as $1.9T relief talks begin

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — President Joe Biden took executive action Friday to provide financial relief measures to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden signed two executive orders regarding economic relief related to the COVID-19 pandemic and protections for federal workers. The orders increase food aid, protects job seekers on unemployment and clear a path for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 hourly minimum wage.

Governor Wolf to nominate Alison Beam, his current Chief of Staff, to serve as Secretary of Health

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -- Governor Wolf has announced his intention to nominate his current Chief of Staff Alison Beam to serve as the Secretary of Health for Pennsylvania.

Former Secretary of Health Rachel Levine was nominated by President Joe Biden to act as the national Assistant Secretary of Health.

Joe Biden taps PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to be national Assistant Secretary of Health

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