– Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) today announced he has introduced legislation that would require the Pennsylvania National Guard to assist with the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the Commonwealth.
“In other states, the National Guard has been mobilized to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations,” O’Neal said. “With Pennsylvania ranked near the bottom of states in the percentage of vaccines administered, we should use our guard members too. The guard has the infrastructure, human capital and logistics to support an efficient, timely vaccination program. Throughout the pandemic, guard units have conducted tests, sanitized facilities, provided logistical support, and delivered meals and personal protective equipment. It only makes sense to add these duties.”
House Bill 326
would require the National Guard within 45 days of the bill becoming law establish and operate a COVID-19 vaccination site in each county. In addition, the legislation would require the guard to support local health officials with securing and transporting the vaccine. The guard would follow the guidance and augment the work of the Pennsylvania departments of Health and Human Services.
The 48th Legislative District in Washington County includes the city of Washington; Chartiers, North Franklin, North Strabane and South Strabane townships; and Canonsburg, East Washington and Houston boroughs.