HARRISBURG – In response to challenges faced by eligible Pennsylvanians seeking to get vaccinated for COVID-19, several state House Democrats plan to introduce legislation that would streamline the registration and notification process. The Vaccine Registry Act would direct the PA Department of Health to create a statewide database of people who are eligible and willing to accept the vaccine and permit them to schedule for themselves, their spouses or significant others, and their families. Registrants may also provide evidence of risk status and proof of eligibility and make note of how far they are willing to travel to be vaccinated. Vaccine providers would be required to commit to accessing the registry and prioritizing registrants for scheduling appointments, to prevent people from spending hours trying to find and sign up for available appointments. The state Health Department would be tasked with establishing and maintaining the registry and providing access to providers who register to access the registry. Providers would need to register to receive vaccines for distribution and priority access would be given to patients who register through the state-managed registry. The measure will likely be referred to the House Health Committee.