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Advocacy at the County Level Brings More Vaccine Locally

PIKE COUNTY – As a direct result of recent advocacy efforts by the Pike County Commissioners, Senator Lisa Baker, and Wayne Memorial Health System, there will be an increase in the amount of COVID-19 vaccines allocated for use in Pike County.

According to Pennsylvania Department of Health Executive Deputy Secretary Keara Klinepeter, an increased allocation of the vaccine is coming to Wayne Memorial Health System for distribution in Pike and Wayne counties. A specific distribution plan is expected from Wayne Memorial Health System next week.

The Pike County Commissioners convened a discussion with Senator Lisa Baker and Meaghan Abbott, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to make the case for increased vaccine allocations to Pike County, which has been underserved by the state’s distribution system. This discussion was followed by additional meetings of this group and Executive Deputy Secretary Klinepeter to create a workable solution to better serve local residents who qualify for and want to receive the vaccine.

“We are grateful that the State has heard and responded to our requests, and we thank Senator Baker and Wayne Memorial Health System for their partnership, which is helping to create more equitable distribution of the vaccine in our area. We look forward to continued efforts in this direction” said the Pike County Commissioners.

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