Editor’s note: The Pike County Commissioners issued the following statement in support of the bipartisan letter attached regarding mass vaccination sites in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Please see the letter on this page.
The Pike County Commissioners stand with the bipartisan efforts of U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright along with 14 state representatives and two state senators from the Northeastern Pennsylvania area who this week sent a letter to Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Randy Padfield urging the agency to set up mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in the region as soon as possible.
We share the concerns as well as the frustrations of people in Pike County, who are spending hours, even days, trying to register for the vaccine online, but are finding that there is simply not enough available to meet the need. Something must drastically change to adequately and equitably get vaccinations into our communities and into people’s arms.
Pike County officials recently worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other area organizations to host two successful trial-run mass vaccination clinics locally. We have proven our readiness and willingness to get people vaccinated so that our community can open up again and thrive. We whole heartedly agree that mass vaccination clinics should be established in our area, and we welcome the opportunity to assist with this effort.
Pike County Commissioners