“There is still not enough vaccine available to meet current demands,” Mauldin said. “There will be more vaccines to come, but patience is still needed. “
New infections, hospitalizations and deaths are well below their peaks of the past year. So far, 24,100 Pennsylvanians have died from COVID-19, according to the Health Department, with 74 additional deaths reported on Monday. Almost a million Pennsylvanians have been infected.
Bill Johnston-Walsh of AARP State said a survey of its members produced a harsh assessment of what he called Pennsylvania’s “confusing, complicated and challenging” vaccine distribution program, including blocked telephone lines, sites Web blocked and overbooked schedules.
“We cannot stress enough how difficult this process is for so many Pennsylvanians,” he told the legislative committee.
Many seniors find it difficult to navigate online dating systems, said Adam Marles, managing director of LeadingAge PA, a group of more over 370 providers serving some 75,000 elderly residents of Pennsylvania.
Those who live in affordable housing or alone in isolated environments may face particular challenges, he said. In some places, he said, residents can get vaccinated while others living nearby cannot.
“The anxiety, frustration and confusion of the elderly, their families and those who serve them is only exacerbated by the inconsistency associated with the lack of a plan,” Marles told lawmakers.
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