Pennsylvania lawmakers press for answers on slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are pressing for answers about the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the commonwealth.A limited supply of the shots is still hampering the state’s efforts.Members of the House Health Committee heard from health providers who testified Wednesday that they can’t keep up with demand.Some providers said they don’t get enough advance notice about how many doses they will receive.There’s also concern that Pennsylvanians are so desperate to get vaccinated that they’re signing up on too many registration lists.”One fear I have is that county residents, in their desire to get vaccinated, will put their name on lists in multiple counties at multiple sites. Therefore, the county, when we go to order the vaccine, will be double, triple, quadruple. So, I think that’s a problem,” said Richard Allen, the CEO of Warren General Hospital.Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said the federal government will soon give states an idea of how many doses they’ll receive three weeks in advance.Beam said more notice will help with planning, but there’s still not enough supply.Officials said Pennsylvania received enough vaccine this week for 166,000 first doses. The amount is expected to increase next week, but only by about 11,000 doses.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are pressing for answers about the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the commonwealth.

A limited supply of the shots is still hampering the state’s efforts.

Members of the House Health Committee heard from health providers who testified Wednesday that they can’t keep up with demand.

Some providers said they don’t get enough advance notice about how many doses they will receive.

There’s also concern that Pennsylvanians are so desperate to get vaccinated that they’re signing up on too many registration lists.

“One fear I have is that county residents, in their desire to get vaccinated, will put their name on lists in multiple counties at multiple sites. Therefore, the county, when we go to order the vaccine, will be double, triple, quadruple. So, I think that’s a problem,” said Richard Allen, the CEO of Warren General Hospital.

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said the federal government will soon give states an idea of how many doses they’ll receive three weeks in advance.

Beam said more notice will help with planning, but there’s still not enough supply.

Officials said Pennsylvania received enough vaccine this week for 166,000 first doses. The amount is expected to increase next week, but only by about 11,000 doses.