HARRISBURG – House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) today appointed Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) to represent House Republicans on the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force.
It is a collaborative effort by leaders from the executive and legislative branches to improve vaccine distribution to all Pennsylvanians. The task force will be made up of one appointment from each legislative caucus, an appointment by the governor and an appointment by the secretary of Health.
“I’m honored to be selected for the task force,” O’Neal said. “As Pennsylvania continues to rank among the bottom third in the percentage of vaccines administered, we need to thoroughly examine where our deficits lie in order to do a better job getting shots in the arms of our Commonwealth’s residents. As a former captain in the Army, I look forward to using my leadership skills to right this ship.”
“This task force is an important and valuable step in solving this crisis in Pennsylvania,” Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “People expect to see government working collaboratively to improve their lives. Rep. O’Neal has already taken the lead in our caucus in finding ways to use existing resources to improve vaccine distribution. Now his efforts can directly help every resident of the Commonwealth.”
O’Neal is the author of House Bill 326
, which would have the Pennsylvania National Guard assist in the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the Commonwealth. National Guard members have the knowledge and experience from efforts both at home and abroad to position vaccines. The legislation passed the House last week and is pending before the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
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.
Representative Tim O’Neal
48th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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