Flynn co-sponsors bill for statewide COVID-19 vaccine registry

Harrisburg, Feb. 26 - State Rep Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, has signed on to legislation H.B. 633 that would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to create a statewide database of people who are eligible and who want the vaccine.

“As I talk to constituents in my district, they are frustrated, and rightfully so, with registering online and that is why a statewide vaccine registry is needed,” Flynn said.

“People are trying to register for the vaccine online at all times of the day and night without success.”

Flynn said the registry would allow people to schedule getting the vaccine for themselves, their spouses and their family.

The legislation would direct the department to establish and maintain the registry and provide access to providers who register to access the registry.

“Our legislature needs to act accordingly to make the situation right and direct the state Health Department to better communicate with the public and effectively,” Flynn said.

The bill awaits action by the House Health Committee.

In addition, Flynn has signed on to a letter with over 30 of his colleagues that would direct the state Health Department to change the Phase 1A category to include teachers and school personnel; corrections officers and staff; and limit smokers to only people 65 and older.