Dr. Debra Powell, of Reading Hospital, explains why the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is important, who is eligible to receive it, and if more booster shots will be necessary.
Over the last month, vaccinated people represented 26% of more than 135,000 new infections and nearly 5,000 hospital admissions across the state.
Democrats argue that amending the Disease Prevention and Control Law would lead to the release of personal medical information.
The law would allow parents and guardians to overrule any mask mandate imposed by the state Department of Health, a local health department, or a school board.
Politics, not science, is driving the fight over masks in schools, with educators and administrators bearing the brunt of the fallout.
More than 2,000 providers have COVID-19 vaccine inventory and will be able to administer the extra doses to people who are eligible, while continuing to offer initial vaccinations against the coronavirus, according to the state Health Department.
As coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, especially among school-aged children, Republicans want to end the mask requirement in schools and daycares.