Governor Wolf visits Montgomery County with encouraging words on state vaccination rate – CBS Philly
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Fewer people are receiving their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with an average daily count of over 50% over the past six weeks. Pennsylvania is among the states with the most people vaccinated, but the virus continues to spread here.
Governor Tom Wolf was in Montgomery County on Wednesday with encouraging words about the vaccination rate, but Pennsylvania is seeing an increase in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.
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The governor saw the Montgomery County mobile health team in action Wednesday at the Norristown Transportation Hub, where people can get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Montgomery County is one of the state’s leading counties for immunization,” Wolf said.
Wolf says getting more people vaccinated is the main strategy to fight the pandemic.
Nearly 70% of the state is fully vaccinated, but Pennsylvania continues to have a high number of COVID infections, with an average of about 4,600 new cases per day.
“We’re all trying to get to the point where we’re safe,” Wolf said.
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But the CDC’s transmission map continues to have the entire state in red, which means the virus is still spreading widely.
Montgomery County is hoping its mobile vaccination clinics will help turn the tide.
“We have made sure to integrate mobile operations into our strategy to reach our most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Val Arkoosh.
In Philadelphia, COVID-19 infections have declined slightly with an increasing number of vaccinations, but the mask’s mandate will remain in place.
“We are probably going to keep this until this pandemic is really well under control because it is working well,” Acting Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said.
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The City of Philadelphia requires masks indoors and at non-seated outdoor events such as concerts.