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RICHMOND, Va. – Americans for Prosperity-Virginia (AFP-VA) renewed urgency for lawmakers in the House of Delegates to pass SB 1445, a bill that improves vaccine distribution across the state. The grassroots group weighed in after the Virginia Department of Health announced that disbursements of vaccines can only be administered by local health districts rather than directly from hospitals.
Reporting shows that Virginia has distributed less than half the number of vaccine doses it has received, a rate that lags behind many other states, including neighboring West Virginia, which leads the nation. West Virginia’s success is largely due to empowering local pharmacies to serve their communities.
AFP-VA State Director J.C. Hernandez provided the following statement:
“Rather than creating barriers to vaccine distribution, Virginia should focus on streamlining the process to quickly vaccinate as many people as possible. Virginians deserve the protection and assurance that this would provide them after months of doing their part to slow the spread as we attempt to reach herd immunity. We applaud Sen. Dunnavant for acting last week to swiftly introduce and pass legislation fixing this problem, and are thankful other lawmakers have followed her legislative model.”
As part of Americans for Prosperity’s “Save Lives. Save Livelihoods.” agenda, AFP is encouraging public officials to adopt a four-pronged approach to bring about a speedier end to the pandemic. That includes removing regulatory barriers to allow for more rapid testing, quicker vaccine deployment, and a larger supply of therapeutic tools. In addition, AFP is calling for federal and state leaders to make several emergency pandemic reforms such as expanded telehealth permanent.
This evidence-based approach will not only help stop the spread of COVID-19, but will better prepare the country for future public health crises and improve long-term access to quality health care for more Americans.