HARRISBURG, PA — As Pennsylvania’s vaccination rate continues to progress, Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday thanked Pennsylvanians for doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and urged individuals ages 12 and older to get vaccinated.
“I’m proud of all of the Pennsylvanians who have stepped up to get their shot and I am grateful to everyone who has had a hand in organizing and running vaccine clinics like the one we’re visiting today. Your hard work saves lives, and we cannot thank you enough for all that you do,” Gov. Wolf said. “Pennsylvania has had a lot of success rolling out COVID-19 vaccines over the past several months. Unfortunately, despite widespread vaccine availability, there are still many eligible Pennsylvanians who are unvaccinated.”
“Please, if you haven’t had time to get vaccinated, make time. Vaccines are effective, safe, free and available.”
Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are readily available at health care facilities, pharmacies and community clinics. Find a location on the CDC’s vaccine locator, here.
“As a doctor in the emergency room I’ve seen people suffer from COVID-19 infections. Being able to bring COVID testing and vaccines into communities in collaboration with strong partners like St. Raymond Church is crucial to ending this pandemic and keeping Philadelphia safe,” said Dr. Morgan Hutchinson, assistant medical director of emergency medicine at Jefferson Health. “The last mile of the race to get people vaccinated will be the most difficult one. By meeting people in their communities and bringing vaccines to their church, school and neighborhood we are making it as easy as possible for people to protect themselves and their families. The best way people can protect themselves and avoid ending up in my emergency room is to get vaccinated.”
Community events like these are critical to reaching the public and protecting ourselves and our neighbors.
“When enough people in our communities get vaccinated, those vaccines act like a shield. When a lot of people in one community are vaccinated, that helps slow the spread of disease everywhere in the community. It keeps people who can’t get vaccinated – like kids under 12 – safer from more dangerous and more contagious variants of COVID-19 like Delta,” Gov. Wolf said. “When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself from serious illness and protecting the people around you, including your friends and family.”
“Get vaccinated!” said state Senator Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force member.
“I was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan, which is providing more than $23 billion in federal funding for vaccine efforts. I appreciate what the Wolf Administration and some bipartisan leaders are doing to promote vaccination in Pennsylvania,” said Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia). “I want to make sure everyone 12 and older gets this free, safe and effective vaccine. It is the best way to protect yourself and the children who aren’t yet eligible. Together we can crush this virus and stop new variants from emerging.”
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