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Dec. 12-18 Explained: What We Know About The COVID-19 Vaccine In PA

A health care professional receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020.

This week explained: 

Cheers erupted as UPMC nurse practitioner Charmaine Pykosh became the first person in Allegheny County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.



Similar scenes played out across the country, just days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. General assignment reporter Kiley Koscinski and science and health reporter Sarah Boden have been following the vaccine distribution.


If you’re a parent, one of the things you’re probably most anxious for is the safe return of in-person instruction at school. Keystone Crossroads’ Avi Wolfman-Arent reports on what students, teachers and families can expect from the vaccine rollout.

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Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community.