HARRISBURGIn response to repeated requests by the Legislature, the Wolf administration has finally provided additional data on Pennsylvanians currently suffering from COVID-19 infections, direct consequences of individual vaccination choices and who is most at risk for infection. Pennsylvanians now have a much clearer picture about the current COVID-19 challenges facing our Commonwealth. House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said, “Without quality data sets, government is forced to guess at the expense of the people. That is unacceptable. Pennsylvanians have suffered terribly and in order to promote credibility, we need to be clear, direct and honest.”

Data from the Department of Health shows 97% of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 related deaths were suffered by unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, people; 95% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania were in unvaccinated people; and 94% of all reported COVID-19 cases were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals. Cutler added, “The focus of our efforts in the Commonwealth should be to encourage those who can and would like to be vaccinated to get the vaccine.” The speaker also noted that in addition to vaccines, all Pennsylvanians should have easy access to COVID-19 testing.