CDC has updated Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 vaccination rate due to a data error. The correction revises Pennsylvania’s vaccination rate number 5 percentage points lower. The CDC initially stated that 73.7% of Pennsylvanians 18 or older had been vaccinated. The corrected number is 68.9%. The change was made to remove duplicate counts. The downward revision amounted to about 1.2 million doses of the vaccine.
The data correction comes as infections, hospitalizations, and intensive-care unit cases are all on the upswing in Pennsylvania, as well as many other states. CDC started to rectify their data to match Pennsylvania Covid-19 vaccine data. They are adding that they anticipate the CDC will update their data for other states in the coming weeks.
The Inquirer reported earlier this month that the CDC had had issues with their Pennsylvania Covid-19 data since as early as July’s data cleanup, over-counting initial vaccine doses and “slightly undercounting” fully vaccinated people. This came following Governor Tom Wolf’s declaration at the beginning of 2021, in which he touted a record 95% of Pennsylvanians had received their first Covid-19 vaccination.
Pennsylvania remains a state with a high number of vaccinations, with Wednesday’s update noting that the state is still ranked 5th in the nation for total doses administered. As a result of the holiday weekend, the Pennsylvania Health Authorities will update their data on Monday. The health department as of Wednesday, there were 7,569 additional positive cases of Covid-19 across the state, with 3,349 people currently hospitalized for illness related to the disease.