March 26, 2021
Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition Asks Public to Help Reduce Vaccine Wait Lists
LANCASTER, Pa. – The Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition and its partner health systems are asking the public for assistance in reducing their wait lists for patients seeking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
The coalition operates the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center at Park City Center in Lancaster. In addition, each of the coalition health system partners – Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Penn State Health, UPMC and WellSpan Health – are all offering vaccine appointments at their care facilities and vaccine clinics.
Continued limited vaccine supply from the state, combined with significantly high demand for the vaccine within the community, has caused extensive wait lists for those seeking a vaccine appointment.
“We are doing what we can to get shots in arms as quickly as possible, but we need the public’s help,” said Dr. Michael Ripchinski, chief clinical officer with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, lead healthcare partner for the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition. “If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccine somewhere else and still have an active registration with Vaccinate Lancaster, please call us to deactivate your registration.”
Those who no longer require a vaccine from the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center are asked to call 717-588-1020 and select Option 5 to deactivate their registration.
Ripchinski noted that the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center has more than 110,000 active registrations, approximately three-quarters of whom are eligible under Phase 1A of the state’s vaccine rollout plan. More than 75,000 individuals have received invitations to schedule an appointment, but nearly half of those have yet to respond to those invitations.
“Some people may not be checking their emails or haven’t looked for their invitation from ‘Vaccinate Lancaster’ in their spam or junk email folders,” Ripchinski said. “We will be vaccinating 3,000 people daily by the end of next week and still have appointments available. Please schedule your appointment or cancel your registration. We need the public’s help to ensure that those who still need the vaccine can get it as soon as possible.”
With more than 200,000 Lancaster County residents estimated to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1A of the state’s vaccine rollout plan, and thousands more eligible in future phases, there remains significant opportunity for more residents to sign up to get their shot. To register, visit VaccinateLancaster.org or call 717-588-1020.
Since opening, the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center has administered approximately 22,000 vaccine doses – all first doses. Second-dose vaccines will begin in early April.
The center is designed to accommodate up to 6,000 vaccinations per day. This includes both first-dose and second-dose vaccines, combined. Ripchinski noted that individuals should receive their second-dose vaccine at the same provider or location where they received their first-dose vaccine.
Patients at the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center receive an invitation to schedule their second-dose appointment shortly after receiving their first dose. Patients needing to schedule their second dose can do so online or by calling 717-588-1026.
For more information on the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition and the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center, visit VaccinateLancaster.org.