Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Pennsylvania Senate Advances Argall Bill to Increase Vaccine Transparency

The Senate passed a bill by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 50-0 to increase the transparency of Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout by requiring the Department of Health to make public the amount of vaccine doses that have been wasted, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill).
“This bill gives the public information they deserve,” said Argall. “There is absolutely no reason why the state Department of Health should ever withhold this information from the public.”

Senate Bill 559, which is sponsored by Senator Argall, would address the Department of Health’s unwillingness to release details of their pandemic response using a law from 1955. Media organizations across Pennsylvania have expressed their frustration throughout the pandemic with this refusal to publicize information.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for their consideration.