Delaware County will immediately get an increase in vaccine doses so that it’s receiving the same amount on average that’s going out to the rest of the state, writes Maria Panaritis for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
That’s the word from Delaware County’s Congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, who called Pennsylvania’s acting Health Secretary, Alison Beam, over the county’s vaccine shortage.
Delaware County Council Vice Chair Monica Taylor is “cautiously optimistic.”
On Monday, state officials admitted to members of Congress that they made a mistake in the distribution of the vaccines, leading to major shortages in Delaware County.
“This was the first time that the state admitted that there was an issue here,” Taylor told Panaritis Monday night. “That’s promising. We’ll take them at their word and hope for the best and continue to push on it.”
Scanlon also wants to have the Federal Emergency Management Agency create a “vaccine pipeline” in Philadelphia’s suburbs for more efficient distribution.
Right now, vaccines go to pharmacies, healthcare providers, and county sites.
Delaware County has more than 500,000 residents, yet ranks 53rd in the state in doses received per 100,000 people.
Read more in The Philadelphia Inquirer about plans to fix the vaccine shortage.