PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WKBN) – As Pennsylvania’s vaccination rate continues to progress, Gov. Tom Wolf today thanked Pennsylvanians for doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and urged individuals ages 12 and older to get vaccinated.
Governor Wolf and local elected officials visited a vaccination clinic today sponsored by Jefferson Health at St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church in the Cedarbrook section of Philadelphia.
“I’m proud of all of the Pennsylvanians who have stepped up to get their shot and I am grateful to everyone who has had a hand in organizing and running vaccine clinics like the one we’re visiting today. Your hard work saves lives, and we cannot thank you enough for all that you do,” Gov. Wolf said.
Pennsylvania continues to make strides toward getting individuals vaccinated. Currently, Pennsylvania is ranked fifth among all 50 states for total vaccine doses administered, with more than 63% of Pennsylvanians ages 18 and older fully vaccinated. The commonwealth has seen a seven-day moving average of more than 13,100 people per day receiving vaccinations. As new more contagious variants spread across the country, unvaccinated individuals, and children under age 12 are at higher risk of contracting the virus.
“As a doctor in the emergency room I’ve seen people suffer from COVID-19 infections. Being able to bring COVID testing and vaccines into communities in collaboration with strong partners like St. Raymond Church is crucial to ending this pandemic and keeping Philadelphia safe,” said Dr. Morgan Hutchinson, assistant medical director of emergency medicine at Jefferson Health.
Health officials and the governor say community events like these are critical to reaching the public and protecting ourselves and our neighbors.
“When enough people in our communities get vaccinated, those vaccines act like a shield. When a lot of people in one community are vaccinated, that helps slow the spread of disease everywhere in the community. It keeps people who can’t get vaccinated – like kids under 12 – safer from more dangerous and more contagious variants of COVID-19 like Delta,” Gov. Wolf said