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Pennsylvania to get more than 100,000 vaccine dose

Ja'Ray Gamble, a transporter at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, receives Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Tami Minnier, chief quality officer, at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Lawrenceville. Five healthcare workers received the vaccine shortly after it arrived at the facility. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania will receive an initial shipment of more than 110,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state Department of Health announced Monday as UPMC began giving the shots to its health workers.

Nearly 90 hospitals across the state will receive an initial 97,500 doses directly from Pfizer, the health department said. Philadelphia is getting its own allotment of 13,650 doses.

The vaccine is going to hospitals that have the ability to store it, with the first shots to be given to health workers, first responders and residents and staff in nursing homes and other congregate settings, the health department said.

The state health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, issued an order that requires vaccine providers to report demographic information on people who get the shots, including gender, race and ethnicity.

UPMC, which was among the first to get a shipment, said it began administering the shots on Monday.

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