Senator Yudichak and Hanover Area School District Superintendent Nathan Barrett Want Answers from Department of Health and Walmart Corporation Regarding Lack of Public Access to Luzerne County Vaccine Distribution Site

Nanticoke, March 9, 2021 — State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) and Hanover Area School District Superintendent Nathan Barrett sent joint letters today to the Pennsylvania Department of Health and to the Walmart Corporation regarding a planned vaccine distribution site in Luzerne County that, according to the Department of Health, was already filled with pre-scheduled appointments before it was open to the general public.

“The people of Luzerne County deserve answers to account for the confusion caused by the handling of this situation, and most importantly, the people of Luzerne County deserve fair access to the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine,” said Senator Yudichak.

“In good faith, we worked with you to provide a safe and easily accessible location for a vaccine distribution site on your explicit instructions that the site would make the vaccine available to eligible residents in this underserved area of Luzerne County,” said Superintendent Barrett.

In the letters, Senator Yudichak and Mr. Barrett request a full explanation and full accountability for the persons or the organizations at fault and they urge both the Department of Health and the Walmart Corporation to deliver on what they promised – a vaccine distribution site at Hanover Area High School that is open to the public and provides vaccines to the most vulnerable citizens in the community.

For a copy of the letters, see below.

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam
Letter to Jason Klipa, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations New York and Pennsylvania, Walmart


Carly Simpson