Gov. Tom Wolf Visits McKeesport Clinic To Discuss Equity In Vaccine Rollout

Gov. Tom Wolf says he hasn't considered any new restrictions. Instead, he's turning his attention to ramping up vaccination efforts; KDKA's Nicole Ford reports.

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TOM WOLF: The issue right now is we're in a race. It's a race between the vaccine and the upsurge, this fourth upsurge. And I think the vaccine is winning.

KEN RICE: Governor Tom Wolf in McKeesport today, saying he has not considered any new restrictions.

KYM GABLE: Instead, he's turning his attention to ramping up vaccination efforts. He visited Allegheny County's fourth vaccination clinic. Our Nicole Ford is live with why this clinic is different. Nicole.

NICOLE FORD: Ken and Kim, the message today is there really isn't a blueprint when it comes to the pandemic. County and state health leaders both say they know that there are barriers when it comes to getting vaccines to certain populations. That's why they're partnering with churches to bring those doses to the community's front doorsteps. McKeesport is just the beginning of the Mon Valley. It's a community that falls into the underserved category.

JIM BREWSTER: Folks of poverty, folks with addiction, homelessness--

NICOLE FORD: And people who are facing barriers to get a vaccine. But county leaders hope that will soon change.

DEBRA BOGEN: There's a reason why churches are important for our vaccine rollout, because they're gathering places that provide comfort and shelter.

NICOLE FORD: On Wednesday, Bethlehem Baptist Church opened its doors as the county's fourth vaccination site.

TOM WOLF: These sites serve a smaller population overall. But specifically, they target communities and individuals that have not yet been vaccinated that should be vaccinated and that might have a particular reluctance or skepticism about the rollout.

NICOLE FORD: The governor toured the new clinic as it had a soft opening. He says he's hopeful if the opportunity comes to more neighborhoods, more people will roll up their sleeves.

AUSTIN DAVIS: We must continue to work to get the vaccine to the people who need it the most, who because of life circumstances have the biggest obstacles in acquiring it. So we need to keep holding these community clinics, here and in areas that have historically been overlooked--

NICOLE FORD: This vaccination site will fully open to the community starting on Monday. Those vaccine appointments are already available on the Allegheny County Health website. And all new at 6:00, we're sitting down with the pastor of this church on why she opened the doors to this opportunity. Reporting live in McKeesport tonight, Nicole Ford, KDKA News.