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It Must Work for All Pennsylvanians

            It has been one year since the World Health Organization began calling the outbreak of coronavirus a Pandemic.  Many folks, along with most news media outlets, will reflect on the past year and what it has meant.

            One of the greatest accomplishment in the United States was the work performed in creating a vaccine to fight the virus.  Researchers, medical professionals, pharmaceuticals, and anyone else involved in that herculean effort is to be thanked.

            Many thought finding a vaccine in less than one year was impossible.  They were wrong – the professionals got it done.  However, getting that vaccine to the people in some states, including Pennsylvania, has becoming a task-to-far for the politicians and their selected subordinates to achieve.

            The state of New York has recently opened up the vaccine to anyone over 16-years-of-age while Pennsylvania struggles to vaccinate their most vulnerable; the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.

            For the past few weeks news reports have been flooded with reports of problems with the vaccine rollout in Pennsylvania. 

            For the past few weeks the answer coming out of Harrisburg is we're working on it.   

            As Pennsylvania officials remain silent about what went wrong and how they're going to correct their distribution error, we need to remember that it isn't the fault of the local people who are doing their best with what they have.

            While patience may be running out for some, taking your frustration out on those who are trying to help will do nothing to move the Governor or his staff to remedy the distribution problems.

            Yes, there is only so much vaccine allocated to the Commonwealth, but when distribution in smaller, less populated counties soars in comparison with heavier populated counties with more vulnerable people, it is right to ask questions.

            And, Harrisburg should provide answers and, more important, action to correct their blunders.

            Local providers are doing their best but, numbers and tempers can take a toll on them as well.  They are here to help, treat them as such.  Don't let them become the focus of your ire – that should be directed to the State Capitol.

            They have the same problems as you and share your frustration with the powers-that-be in Harrisburg.

            The fear of the pandemic is real.  Our local providers will ultimately overcome the current scheduling and application issues.  But only when the state gets their act together and puts a plan in place that works for all Pennsylvanians.






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