Pennsylvania allows smokers to get COVID-19 vaccine first 

Pennsylvania is now allowing smokers to receive COVID-19 vaccine first alongside nurses and doctors because it's a 'high-risk medical condition' Smokers can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the first phase of Pennsylvania's rollout The state added those with 'high-risk medical conditions' to its initial phase, which includes smoking The state is currently still in its first phase of the rollout, which includes Health care personnel, those aged over 65  Smokers are now eligible to receive the vaccine ahead of first responders, correctional officers, teachers, grocery store workers and public transit workers Pennsylvania's decision comes a week after New Jersey also changed its rules to include smokers 

By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:36 GMT, 22 January 2021 | Updated: 18:36 GMT, 22 January 2021

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Pennsylvania is now allowing smokers to be at the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccinations alongside nurses, doctors and nursing home residents.

Smokers became eligible to receive the doses first in the state after the Pennsylvania Department of Health added those with 'high-risk medical conditions' to the first phase of the vaccine rollout. 

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Smoking is among the conditions deemed to be high risk.

The state is currently still in its first phase of the rollout, which includes Health care personnel, those aged over 65 and those aged between 16-64 with high-risk conditions.

So far, Pennsylvania has given out 643,000 of its 1.3 million doses. Pennsylvania is now allowing smokers to be at the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccinations alongside nurses, doctors and nursing home residents

So far, Pennsylvania has given out 643,000 of its 1.3 million doses. Pennsylvania is now allowing smokers to be at the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccinations

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