LeadingAge PA calls for emergency task force to improve struggling PA vaccination process

By LeadingAge PA
February 4, 2021

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2021) - LeadingAge PA, an association representing more than 370 providers of services for seniors, today testified before a joint state Senate hearing examining Pennsylvania's COVID-19 vaccination strategy. LeadingAge PA President and CEO Adam Marles called for an emergency task force to look at ways to quickly improve Pennsylvania's vaccination plan.

"We believe [LeadingAge PA] can be part of the solution and help expedite vaccination of our most vulnerable residents, hopefully slowing the spread of COVID-19, reducing infection rates, and setting Pennsylvania seniors on a road to enjoy their golden years," Marles said. "With that in mind, it is our recommendation that a task force be immediately formed that includes representatives from the Department of Health, pharmacy providers, organizers of the retail pharmacy roll-out program, and those providing housing and services to older adults. Their charge would be to expediently develop and execute a plan to vaccinate this critical population in the coming weeks, not months." Read the full testimony here.


About LeadingAge PA:
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 370 quality senior housing, health care, and community services across the commonwealth. These providers serve more than 75,000 older Pennsylvanians and employ over 50,000 dedicated caregivers on a daily basis. Services our members offer include Life Plan Communities / Continuing Care Retirement Communities, skilled nursing communities, assisted living residences, personal care homes, and affordable senior housing. LeadingAge PA advocates on behalf of our members at the state and local levels to influence positive change and affect a healthy vision for the delivery of quality, affordable, and ethical care for Pennsylvania's seniors. For more information about LeadingAge PA and our envisioned future of senior services, visit www.leadingagepa.org. 

Media Contact:
Christina Carden | LeadingAge PA
Senior Director, Communications
ccarden@leadingagepa.org | 717.790.3947