Commonwealth News

Commonwealth Creates Joint COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force with Legislature 
The commonwealth is establishing a joint task force on the COVID-19 vaccine with members from each legislative caucus to provide a more accurate and timely sharing of information between the executive and legislative branches of government.  

Members of the task force include co-chairs Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield; Sen. Ryan Aument for the Senate Republican Caucus; Sen. Art Haywood for the Senate Democratic Caucus; Rep. Tim O’Neal for the House Republican Caucus; and Rep. Bridget Kosierowski for the House Democratic Caucus. Click here for more. 

National Vaccine Supply to Increase 
The White House has announced that the Biden Administration will increase the vaccine supply to states, tribes, and territories by 5% over last week. In addition, beginning the week of February 15, vaccine supplies will be sent directly to some federally qualified health centers, which serve those living at or below the federal poverty line. Initially, at least one community health center in each state will be included, with plans to expand to 250 centers in the coming weeks. Click here for more.

Rite Aid Expands No-Charge COVID-19 Testing Sites 
Rite Aid has expanded its no-charge COVID-19 testing sites to include 317 additional drive-through locations across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sites will use a self-swab nasal test for those 4 and older and operate seven days a week. Pre-registration here is required. Click here for more.  

Wolf Signs Record 13th Opioid Disaster Declaration 
Gov. Tom Wolf signed the 13th renewal of his January 2018 opioid disaster declaration to help the state fight the opioid and heroin epidemic. Click here to learn about accomplishments made to reduce the supply of opioids and increase services since the original declaration was signed. 

Department of Health Launches Vaccine Eligibility Tool 
The state Department of Health has a new tool available to help Pennsylvanians understand when it is their turn to be vaccinated. However, it does not register anyone to receive a vaccine or help them schedule an appointment. Those who do not have internet access may call 877-PA-HEALTH to speak with a representative to determine eligibility. Click here for more.