Gov. Wolf signs bill permitting Pa. National Guard to assist with COVID-19 vaccination distribution

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Gov. Wolf signed House Bill 326 Tuesday, permitting the Pennsylvania National Guard to assist with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state.

The National Guard will work with the Pa. Department of Health to develop plans for the establishment and operation of regional sites for community distribution and administration of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies, and vaccines.

The bill also requires a report on the Administration’s plans to incorporate the National Guard into its overall vaccination strategy while taking into account vaccine availability and other vital ongoing missions.

“This bill will support the National Guard and other state agencies in the planning process for community vaccination clinics once supply of COVID-19 vaccines increases,” Gov. Wolf said. “This service will help further expedite getting vaccine to Pennsylvanians across the state.”

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