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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 12, 2021 06:22 PM
From: Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro and Rep. Pam Snyder, Rep. Jennifer O'Mara, Rep. Austin A. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Cosponsorship - Covid 19 Vaccine Registry
For the past few weeks, our offices have heard from frustrated and frightened constituents who are desperate to protect themselves and their loved ones by accessing the Covid-19 vaccine.
The restrictions of a Commonwealth do not permit us to create a statewide database of available appointments so Pennsylvanians must navigate a complicated process of trying to find a local provider who has vaccines and appointments for administration available.
Therefore, we are introducing legislation which will allow patients to register themselves and their families as willing to receive the vaccine, provide proof of eligibility for a risk category, and provide how far they are willing to travel.
For example, under this legislation, you and your spouse or significant other can register at the same time, add any risk categories such as smoking or pre-existing medical conditions, note first responder or essential worker status, and how far you are willing to travel to secure a vaccine.
Vaccine providers will then have to register to access this database and give priority to these patients in making appointments available for vaccines.
This legislation will reduce frustration, eliminate the need to spend hours searching for appointments and permit prioritizing of vaccine distribution to the most vulnerable.

Please join us in creating a better procedure for this complicated process.

Introduced as HB633