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Gov. Wolf updates commonwealth on vaccine access

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EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Governor Wolf is addressing a major concern here in Pennsylvania.

His administration is putting forth several efforts toward vaccine equity. Eyewitness News has more on his plan for making sure everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine, is able to get it

The state is continuing its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. This week, Governor Wolf opened up eligibility to phase 1B.

“We expect to continue following accelerated eligibility schedule until we get to the point where everybody is eligible, which is when I’m going to sign up for my vaccine on April 19th,” Governor Wolf said.

He says, on that day, we’ll finally be back to a sense of normalcy.

“When all Pennsylvanians are eligible, that’s when we can really start to believe that we’re close to that mythical light at the end of the tunnel,” Wolf said.

Governor Wolf thinks Pennsylvania has had issues with vaccine equity from the get-go.

That means not only identifying which populations are at the greatest risk for COVID-19 but working affirmatively to make sure that we get vaccines to the arms of folks who are not only at risk but might be more hesitant than others to get the vaccine,” Wolf said.

The state has several efforts to try to mend the issue. For example, working with transportation companies to make sure people without reliable transportation can get to a vaccine site.

“We’ve worked with the state’s network of area agencies on aging to help older adults find and make vaccine appointments,” Wolf said.

The state has also been working to make sure everyone eligible to get the vaccine can make an appointment over the phone because many Pennsylvanians don’t have reliable internet. The governor says the problem with vaccine equity isn’t just here in Pennsylvania, it is also a nationwide concern.

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