Kirkland issues statement on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

CHESTER, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, issued the following statement regarding the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine:

“I’ve heard the frustration from residents of my district about the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Many community members were excited about the potential of a new vaccine provider location supposed to open yesterday in Chester, only to be let down when no doses were available.

“I’ve been in communication with the state Department of Health, and alongside my colleagues, have been pushing to get more vaccine to our communities here in Delaware County. After confusion over first- and second-dose allocations, the Department of Health, working with a new joint legislative task force, has assured us that there will be enough second doses of vaccine for those who need them and that they are working to minimize the impact on first-dose vaccinations.

“Vaccine supply remains our biggest hurdle, and we need a clear process for making sure those who need the vaccine most are able to get in line. I will continue to fight for my city and community and do everything I can to see that we get a more effective process in place.”