PENNSYLVANIA — This year, thanks to the success of President Biden’s vaccination program, families from Pittsburgh and Harrisburg to Philadelphia and Scranton will be celebrating Thanksgiving together.
After a bleak year of infection and death rate milestones, PA has hit a positive milestone: 62% of the state has been fully vaccinated and over 86,000 5-11 year olds in the state have received at least one dose. PA was the tenth state in the nation to reach President Biden’s goal of a 70% adult vaccination rate, allowing for friends and family to safely gather without worrying about putting their loved ones at risk.
This time last year, many across the commonwealth faced hunger due to a raging pandemic and high unemployment. Now, many Pennsylvania families have been able to put food on the table thanks to President Biden’s Child Tax Credit.
Last Thanksgiving, COVID-19 cases were surging, businesses were struggling to keep their doors open, and the unemployment rate was at 13.3 percent. Once in office, President Biden immediately got to work to combat the coronavirus pandemic by allocating PPP loans, rolling out a successful vaccination program, and signing into law the American Rescue Plan, which has now delivered relief to millions of working families and small businesses. Because of these efforts, Pennsylvanians are back to work and small businesses across the state are breathing a sigh of relief.
“Last Thanksgiving, Pennsylvanians were separated from one another, living in fear as the coronavirus pandemic surged across the country. Now, families across the commonwealth are celebrating together, and it’s thanks to President Biden, Governor Wolf, and Democrats in Congress,” said Rosie Lapowsky, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Spokesperson. “After a long, hard year, Thanksgiving marks something extra special. While the road to full recovery is long, we have made tremendous progress.”