Wolf: Pennsylvania needs millions more doses of vaccine to meet demand

Written by on January 27, 2021

Wolf: Pennsylvania needs millions more doses of vaccine to meet demand

By Hayden Mitman

January 27, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania is in dire need of more vaccines. With the approximately 4 million residents who qualify for round 1A of the vaccination process, right now it’s a need that just can’t be met. 

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“One of the challenges we face, actually, this is the biggest challenge we face, is that we are not receiving enough vaccines to meet the needs of Pennsylvanians,” Wolf says, “Our goal remains that, whatever we get, we get it out as quickly as we can, but we are doing everything we can.” 

Wolf blames the shortage of the coronavirus vaccine on former President Donald Trump’s Administration. The Democratic governor said on Jan. 26 that federal stockpiles of the vaccine have been depleted. Wolf says the Biden administration has been more communicative about a vaccine plan 

“I’ll continue to urge the Biden administration to make more vaccines available to Pennsylvania and other states, meanwhile we are working to distribute as many vaccines as we can as supply increases,” Wolf says.

So far, the state has enough to vaccinate about 750,000 people, though only a fraction have received the vaccine. With a wait ahead, Wolf noted that some are crossing state lines.

“I’m not sure why you’d go to another state. We are all facing the same thing. Unless there’s something I’m not aware of, I’m not sure you gain anything by doing that,” he says. 

However, officials noted there is no penalty for anyone who crosses state lines to be vaccinated. 

Also on Jan. 26, Wolf introduced new acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam. Beam steps in to replace former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who left to join President Joe Biden’s administration as the assistant secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. 

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