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County sees fewer ‘first vaccinations’ as people complete process

The number of Lycoming County residents receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down this week, according to data provided by the state Department of Health.

Up until last Saturday, the rate of first-dose vaccines maintained a net positive.

When a county resident receives their first dose of the vaccine, they are added to the “partially covered” number, according to Maggi Barton, deputy press secretary for the state Department of Health.

When they receive their second dose, they are removed from the “partially covered” and added to the “fully covered” set of data.

From last Saturday to Thursday, the number of county residents fully covered by a vaccine increased from 5,190 to 6,275, while the number of residents partially covered decreased from 9,455 to 8,879.

That leaves a decrease of 509 people who did not receive the first shot to “replenish” the number of residents shifted over into DOH’s count of fully vaccinated people in the county.

This indicates a week-long slowdown in the rate of people receiving their first dose of the vaccine.

State numbers do not seem to reflect this same trend. Pennsylvania has been steadily increasing both the number of fully vaccinated individuals and the number of partially vaccinated individuals since Saturday, and the rate of vaccination in both columns seem to be consistent with prior weeks.

For more information, view the Sun-Gazette’s data on the rate of vaccination in Lycoming County at https://www.sungazette.com/news/2021/01/williamsport-sun-gazette-vaccination-statistics/.

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