A joint task force that includes members of the General Assembly and the Wolf Administration was empaneled and is expected to help the state streamline how it communicates vaccine information and issues.
Announced by Gov. Tom Wolf, task force members will represent the viewpoints of their caucus while members of the Wolf Administration will act as subject matter experts to provide answers and suggestions to problems, according to the Wolf administration.
Task force members are Alison Beam, acting Secretary of Health; Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency; Sen. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery and Philadelphia; Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna; Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster; and Rep. Tim O’Neal, R-Washington.
“We have a good working relationship with our legislators, and we know they are the eyes, ears, and voices for Pennsylvanians,” said Wolf. “The feedback they receive from their local communities is extremely important, particularly as the commonwealth continues to improve upon this once-in-a-generation vaccine rollout. Working with leaders from each caucus in the General Assembly, we are creating a task force to ensure collaboration and strengthen communications about the state’s vaccine plan.”
House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, applauded Wolf’s attempt to improve collaboration and communication between the General Assembly and his administration as the two bodies work to distribute more vaccines.
“Vaccine distribution must be the top priority for all levels of state government at this time,” Cutler said. “We have reached a critical moment in our battle to defeat the virus, and every misstep at this time is a delay that could result in additional harms.”