Dr. Joyce Continues to Ask Gov. Wolf for Answers on PA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

“As evidenced by the heartbreaking accounts I hear from Pennsylvanians every day, the commonwealth’s vaccine rollout has been a dismal failure…Pennsylvanians deserve better.”

Washington, DC – Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today followed up on his previous letter expressing alarming concern for Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, which has excluded many rural Pennsylvanians, and asked Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to clearly outline his plans to ensure that all eligible Pennsylvanians can access the vaccine.

“Nearly two weeks ago, I sent a letter urging you to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine distribution across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also asked you to outline a clear plan to ensure equitable access in rural communities. Since then, we have seen little improvement in your administration’s vaccine operation,” wrote Dr. Joyce. “As evidenced by the heartbreaking accounts I hear from Pennsylvanians every day, the commonwealth’s vaccine rollout has been a dismal failure. My offices have taken hundreds of calls from seniors and other vulnerable Pennsylvanians pleading for help navigating the vaccine distribution process – many lack access to a computer or smartphone, others request clarity on your administration’s eligibility guidelines, the majority simply cannot find an available dose.”

In today’s letter, Dr. Joyce once again urged Governor Wolf and his administration to accelerate vaccine distribution across the commonwealth and clearly communicate with Pennsylvanians, particularly with the vulnerable seniors who lack regular access to the internet.

“It is obvious that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania failed to adequately plan for the vaccines’ arrival. I fear that this misjudgment was a result of political skepticism of the previous president, for which Pennsylvanians have paid the price – and now you must do better,” continued Dr. Joyce. “…To defeat this pandemic, every Pennsylvanian who wants a vaccine should be able to access one – regardless of where they live or whether they can access the internet.”

Thirteen days after Dr. Joyce sent his first letter, he has yet to receive a response from Governor Wolf or his administration. In today’s follow-up letter, Dr. Joyce reiterated his original questions for the governor and again asked for clarification on the administration’s plan to ensure that every Pennsylvanian who wants a vaccine can get one.