LeadingAge PA calls for nursing home providers to be part of Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 vaccination task force – Opinion

By LeadingAge president and CEO Adam Marles – LeadingAge PA renews its call for Gov. Tom Wolf to form a broader task force to quickly improve Pennsylvania’s lagging vaccination plan. Forming a bi-partisan legislative group to address vaccinations was a start, but we can do more.

Our organization represents more than 370 quality senior housing, health care, and community services across the commonwealth, and can be part of the solution to expedite vaccinations of our most vulnerable residents. Our members serve seniors in congregate settings who continue to be in the epicenter of the pandemic every day. Our perspective and members’ resources would be helpful and should be welcomed. Pharmacy providers and organizers of the retail pharmacy roll-out program should also be on the task force.

Pennsylvania currently ranks near the bottom in the country in vaccine distribution and the Governor has said we need to do better. Experts should be at the table to help with this unprecedented and historic mission. All we ask for is the opportunity.