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Yesterday, the Wolf Administration launched an interactive vaccine provider map. This map shows enrolled vaccine providers and indicates which providers have received vaccines to date. In addition to highlighting the status of vaccines available, this map also includes contact information to connect Phase 1A eligible individuals who are not affiliated with a hospital/health system with vaccines.

The map is also provided on the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) main COVID-19 vaccine page. DOH will continue to update this resource as information becomes available.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is supplying guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for providers. The information in 2021- PAHAN- 545- 01-06- ADV should be used to supplement other relevant guidance documents and guide the implementation of public health expectations for vaccine providers.

Key messages included in the guidance include:

  • There are two mRNA vaccines with 90 – 95 percent efficacy in preventing clinical COVID-19 currently available through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States.
  • The only absolute contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination is a history of an immediate allergic reaction to either COVID-19 vaccine or any of their components.
  • Severe adverse reactions are uncommon, but vaccine providers should be prepared for this rare event.
  • Vaccine providers should report all adverse events following vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Recording System (VAERS).
  • All COVID-19 mitigation measures should continue to be followed after vaccination.


The Pennsylvania State Board of Rehabilitation meets quarterly to hear reports from directors of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council (PaRC), Client Assistance Program (CAP), and Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) as well as to hear and provide advice on information related to OVR policy and services.

These meetings are chaired by the Secretary of Labor and Industry. The schedule of dates and locations for the upcoming year is:

  • March 11, 2021 – Virtual
  • June 3, 2021 – Virtual
  • September 16, 2021 – Pittsburgh
  • December 2, 2021 – Harrisburg

The public is welcome to attend.

All materials provided, produced, and published by OVR will be made available in the appropriate alternative format upon request.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided for these meetings. Additional auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

Please contact Cheryl Novak at 610-506-9035 or Lee Ann Stewart at 717-787-3216 for further information or assistance.

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The Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act has now been signed into law. The Omnibus Bill contains a long awaited COVID relief package, which includes several important provisions to address critical needs resulting from financial hardships due to the pandemic. Maher Duessel’s blog provides a summary of the bill’s stipulations, which impact non-profits, governments, and employees.


Hello ANCOR Members,

Earlier this afternoon, POLITICO Pro Health Care reported that, in a tweet today, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Director Seema Verma announced that the agency is officially withdrawing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) from the Federal Register.

Verma wrote, “While we support its intent, further work is needed to ensure accountability for states while protecting critical safety-net care for vulnerable patients.”

As you recall, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), like many of you, submitted comments when the MFAR was originally proposed about a year ago, and we have continued to track its progress since. We are pleased to notify you of this update.

Donna Martin
American Network of Community Options and Resources
Alexandria VA