PA House Passes Legislation Letting Counties Set Up Own Mass Vaccination Clinics
New bi-partisan legislation that passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 135-65 Wednesday would let Delaware County and other Philadelphia suburbs run their own mass vaccination clinics, writes Justine McDaniel and Erin McCarthy for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The bill, if it becomes law, would end the state’s plan for two Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency mass vaccination clinics in the Southeast. Instead, the county health departments would distribute doses.
The bill also requires a plan from the Pennsylvania Department of Health on how it will provide “sufficient doses” of vaccine to counties like Delaware County who requested more doses.
The bill, which drew wide geographic and bipartisan support, still needs to be passed by the PA Senate and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Passage of the bill indicates frustration among state lawmakers over the handling of the vaccine rollout.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, COVID-19 impacts all of us. This is a life-and-death issue. That’s the message we sent together today,” said Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D., Delaware), chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus’ Southeast delegation.
Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about this latest effort to address vaccine shortages.
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