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Rep. O'Neal: Wolf To Announce Plans For Moving Past Phase 1A

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A local state representative says Governor Tom Wolf is set to announce plans Wednesday for moving past Phase 1A. KDKA's Meghan Schiller has more.

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STACY SMITH: We are following several breaking news stories, including an expected announcement tomorrow from Governor Wolf about Pennsylvania's COVID-19 vaccine plan. This comes following President Biden's push to get everyone vaccinated.

KYM GABLE: KDKA's Meghan Schiller confirmed the news of the plan with task force member Representative Tim O'Neal. She joins us live right now to explain what we can expect to learn tomorrow. Megan.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Kim, Rep O'Neal says he definitely does not want to upstage the governor. But tomorrow Pennsylvanians can expect an update. They had a meeting at 3 o'clock this afternoon, and he says that they were in the meeting for about an hour. He says we can expect a plan and it's going to be something that a lot of Pennsylvanians are going to want to hear about. He says tomorrow we can expect a specific plan about when we will possibly be seeing some movement here in Pennsylvania, when we can move into the next phase, and also a response to President Biden's announcement that he made yesterday.

If you'll recall, President Biden said he wanted 90% of Americans to be able to drive within five minutes of their home and find a dose of the vaccine by April 19, a challenge Governor Wolf will answer Wednesday. Rep O'Neal also says that he believes Pennsylvania will soon pick up the pace.

TIM O'NEAL: Within the next several weeks, we will very quickly be moving towards the goal that the president laid out in yesterday's announcement. What we've seen here in the Southwest region, or really all over the Commonwealth, is we've seen the demand specifically for appointments from the 1A population has really dropped off. So that's really indicating to us that it is time to really start thinking about exactly when we move to that next phase. And obviously, the president's announcement yesterday also plays a role in that.

MEGHAN SCHILLER: Rep O'Neal says with any advancements right now comes one disclaimer. They say they do not want to have happen what happened back in January when we expanded phase 1A. He said that really put a strain on not just the providers in the area but just everyone in general and causes some confusion. So he says they want to be very deliberate with the plan announced tomorrow.

Reporting live in Oakland, Meghan Schiller, KDKA News.