COVID vaccine town hall: Answering your questions about Pa.’s rollout
Reporters from the USA Today Network in Pennsylvania discuss the state’s COVID vaccine rollout and answer your questions on signing up for the vaccine.
Crissa Shoemaker DeBree, Daveen Rae Kurutz, Sam Ruland, Marion Callahan and Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times
About this series: Over the next several weeks, reporters with USA Today’s Pennsylvania network will take a look back at the impact COVID-19 has had on the commonwealth over the past year, and what the future holds.
Neighborhoods across the state — some lined with million-dollar homes, others by more modest dwellings — struggled to survive this year as the coronavirus pandemic uprooted the lives of Pennsylvanians everywhere. But while the unprecedented catastrophe was shared by millions adjusting to their “new normal,” the suffering was not equally spread.
For low-income Pennsylvanians like Elena, a mother of two without reliable income to pay the bills, surviving the pandemic was made harder by financial and structural imbalances that almost ensure the most marginalized residents bear the heaviest burdens of a public health crisis.
Elena, who requested her last name not be used, is part of both the Latino and immigrant communities in Pennsylvania.
In the last year, she and her husband lost their jobs to the coronavirus pandemic. She was a dishwasher, and he was cook at a pizza restaurant. By the end of March, her whole household had…