Senator Jake Corman E-Newsletter

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In This Update:

  • Vaccine Schedule Accelerated Again: All Pennsylvanians Now Eligible
  • Vaccine Options in the 34th
  • ICYMI: Virtual Town Hall
  • Committees Explore Education Reforms, COVID-19 Impacts, Infrastructure
  • Reminder: Independent, Third-Party Voters Can Participate in May 18 Election
  • Election Survey Responses Due by April 30
  • Scam Alert: New Fraud Targets PUA Recipients
  • Free PHEAA Webinar Offers Financial Aid Advice for Students, Families

Vaccine Schedule Accelerated Again: All Pennsylvanians Now Eligible

Earlier this week, the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced another acceleration of the timeline of distributing vaccines to Pennsylvanians who wish to receive them. As a result, all Pennsylvanians are now eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

More information about participating providers, vaccine safety, allocation, eligibility and other resources are available at a special webpage created by the Department of Health.

Vaccine Options in the 34th

There are vaccine options available in the 34th District. They include:

  • Bryce Jordan Center – Eligible residents can schedule an appointment at pema.trackmyvaccine.com. Because the clinic was using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, it was temporarily suspended. The clinic has reopened and is offering the Moderna vaccine.
  • Mt. Nittany Hospital – Sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine waitlist here. If you cannot sign up for the COVID Vaccine Waitlist online, eligible community members can call the hospital’s COVID vaccine phone line at 814.234.7606, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and someone will help add residents to the waitlist.
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine – Upcoming clinics are scheduled for the Bryce Jordan Center and Penns Valley High School. To be considered for an appointment at a vaccination clinic, you must add your name to their waiting list.  This can be done by filling out the on-line waiting list form. https://cvim.net/
  • Geisinger Health Systems – Located in Lewistown and Jersey Shore. You can sign up by calling 570.284.3657 or visit https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/patients-and-visitors/covid-19-vaccine-faqs to sign up for the waiting list.
  • Central PA Clinic – Located in Belleville. Visit http://centralpennsylvaniaclinic.org/ or call 717.935.2065.
  • Primary Health Network – Located in Yeagertown. Visit https://primary-health.net/   or call 724.699.9211.
  • Mifflintown Family Health Practice – Located in Mifflintown. Visit https://www.fpcdoctors.com/mifflintown/ or call 717.436.8283.

In Case You Missed It: Virtual Town Hall

Normally in the spring, I hold in-person town hall meetings in each corner of the district. These town halls allow me to meet and talk with many of you about the issues that matter to you. While we as a country are working our way back to normal, we must still make use of technology to meet. Just as I have many times during the last year, I will not allow COVID-19 to keep us from connecting – so I’ve been hosting a series of virtual town hall meetings.

If you missed a meeting or just want to go back and listen to the discussion, all of my townhalls (as well as many other videos) can be found on my website.

Committees Explore Education Reforms, COVID-19 Impacts, Infrastructure

Although the Senate will not return to session until next week, several Senate committees studied issues this week that could set the stage for future action in the General Assembly.

The Senate Education Committee held a hearing on Monday to review potential education reforms, including accountability, school choice and charter school reforms. The hearing featured testimony from teachers, students, parents, administrators and other stakeholders in both public and private education.

On Tuesday, the Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing on the economic impact of COVID-19 business closures on the tourism and hospitality industries. The hearing highlighted the consequences of closures and restrictions for bars, restaurants, amusement parks, resorts and many other businesses during the pandemic.

The Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee held two days of hearings in southeastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the economic impact of the technology and energy infrastructure industries in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers also toured the Philadelphia Steamfitters Local Union 420.

Committee meetings and hearings scheduled next week are available online 

Reminder: Independent, Third-Party Voters Can Participate in May 18 Election

Pennsylvania’s independent and third-party voters are eligible to vote on proposed amendments to the state Constitution in this spring’s primary election.

Current law does not permit Independent or many third-party voters to cast ballots in most primary elections. However, all registered voters are eligible to weigh in on Constitutional amendments in any election.

Three proposed amendments to the state Constitution will appear on the May 18 ballot, including a measure to prohibit discrimination based on race or ethnicity, and two amendments to limit the length of emergency declarations and require more collaboration between the different branches of government during a disaster. A fourth ballot question will also allow voters to decide whether paid fire and rescue organizations should have additional borrowing power.  

More information about these Constitutional amendments is available here.

Election Survey Responses Due by April 30

There is still time for Pennsylvanians to share their experience from last year’s election with the Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform. Election surveys for Pennsylvanians who voted by mail or in person will be accepted through April 30.

The committee is expected to use the survey responses and testimony gathered during its series of public hearings to produce a report with recommendations that will be presented to the General Assembly.

Scam Alert: New Fraud Targets PUA Recipients

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants have been targeted by new fraud attempts in recent weeks. Scammers are asking PUA claimants to verify their identity via text messages and web forms, and then using that information to steal benefits and commit other forms of identity theft.

As a reminder, the only way to verify a claimant’s identity is via ID.ME – never via text messages or web forms. Community residents who have been targeted by these or other cases of fraud should report the scam attempt to the Department of Labor and Industry.

Free PHEAA Webinar Offers Financial Aid Advice for Students, Families

Navigating the financial aid process for higher education can be complicated and confusing for many families. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will host a free Financial Aid 101 webinar on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. to help families learn more about higher education costs, the types of financial aid available and how Pennsylvania families can apply.

You can register to participate in this free webinar here.

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