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gov. Wolf emphasizes the importance of vaccination and reinforcement against COVID-19

gov.  Wolf emphasizes the importance of vaccination and reinforcement against COVID-19


Discussions Mitigation Efforts to support Pennsylvanians and relieve hospitals

Governor Tom Wolf visited Weis Markets in Camp Hill today to emphasize the importance of Pennsylvanians being vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and to highlight the mitigation efforts the Commonwealth is leading in the commonwealth.

“My administration is taking numerous steps to reduce this disease and Pennsylvania residents can now do their part by getting vaccinated. The fact remains that the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from COVID-19 is for everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and then get your booster,” said Gov. Wolf. vaccines and boosters are available in your community — meaning you can get vaccinated where it’s most convenient for you.”

Pennsylvania continues to encourage eligible residents to get vaccinated by working closely with vaccine providers, grassroots organizations and relevant stakeholders to ensure that all Pennsylvania residents have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of Jan. 13, 74.8% of Pennsylvania residents ages 18 and older were fully vaccinated. This percentage reflects all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. To find a vaccine supplier near you to schedule your vaccine appointment, visit vaccines.gov.

The governor was joined at the press conference by Weis Markets Chief Operating Officer Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets Vice President of Pharmacy Rick Seipp and Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter.

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets Inc. operates 197 stores, 114 of which are in Pennsylvania. The company currently operates 132 in-store pharmacies. In the past 12 months, Weis retail pharmacies have delivered more than 348,000 COVID vaccines and boosters to eligible Pennsylvanians.

The Camp Hill site currently offers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 12 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine for ages 18 and older. They also offer booster shots. Limited walk-in patients are available, but individuals are encouraged to make an appointment. Visit their website to make a vaccine appointment here.

“Over the past 12 months, our Weis Markets pharmacist immunizers have delivered more than 350,000 COVID immunizations and boosters,” said Rick Seipp, Weis Markets Vice President of Pharmacy. “Our in-store pharmacies provide convenience and easy access, which are essential components of a successful vaccination program.”

In addition to encouraging individuals to get vaccinated, the Wolf Administration is leading mitigation efforts across the Commonwealth to ensure Pennsylvania residents have access to the tools needed to mitigate the current surge in cases and hospitals. to relieve.

on January 7, Governor Wolf announced that the state would support health systems through regional strike teams to expand treatment capacity in regional hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as human resources to address the current health care workforce crisis. These efforts are led by the Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and alongside federal strike teams currently in York and Scranton.

“We are simultaneously implementing a host of measures to help mitigate the impact of the current wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” said Acting Secretary Klinepeter. “But there are clear personal mitigations that any Pennsylvanian seeking to end the pandemic should take to help protect themselves and their loved ones: get vaccinated, get a boost, wear a mask in indoor public spaces, get tested.” if you are exposed or have symptoms and follow the latest isolation and quarantine guidelines. We are all still in this together and it will take action from all of us to get out.”

The Wolf Administration has also taken an active role in increasing testing capacity to stop the spread of COVID-19. These efforts include:

  • Support for free COVID-19 testing sites in Berks, Blair, Center, Delaware, Clinton, Lucerne, and Mifflin counties.
  • Ensuring personal learning continues by offering K-12 school districts and school-age families free weekly COVID-19 services at no cost to participating schools through the Ministries of Health and Education, in collaboration with Concentric by Gingko Bioworks.
  • Inform counties, municipalities and health systems about the federal reimbursement available to them for eligible COVID-related expenses, including activities such as setting up their own community-based testing sites.
  • Meeting with manufacturers to provide incentives to increase production of COVID-19 tests to meet growing private sector demand to require the public to produce negative COVID-19 tests for travel, public events, restaurants and more.

“My administration will continue to monitor the situation in Pennsylvania closely, and we will continue to take action to fight this pandemic, but every Pennsylvanian can play a role in helping us overcome this spike,” said Governor Wolf. “By getting vaccinated and getting a boost, you don’t just protect yourself. You are helping us all get one step closer to the end of this pandemic.”