April 13, 2021
LANCASTER, Pa. – The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center will begin offering limited same-day COVID-19 vaccine appointments, starting Wednesday, to help ensure all vaccine doses are used by the end of each day.
The Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition, which operates the vaccination center at Park City Center in Lancaster, noted that, on average, about 98 percent of scheduled vaccine doses are administered each day – with a 2-percent cancelation or no-show rate. Staff must then find individuals to vaccinate at the end of each day, to ensure those unused doses do not go to waste.
“Our goal is to make sure we get every vaccine dose we receive into the arm of one of our community members,” said Dr. Michael Ripchinski, site director for the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center and chief clinical officer with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, lead healthcare partner for the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition. “Same-day appointments will give our team a more efficient way to ensure every dose is used each day.”
Same-day appointment scheduling will be held at 1 p.m. daily at the vaccination center’s interior mall entrance, based on vaccine availability.
With an average of 60 to 70 vaccine doses potentially available for same-day appointments each day, Ripchinski noted that spots are likely to fill up quickly. He urged community members to schedule their appointment online or by phone. The center is also now offering one-stop registration and scheduling with no waiting to schedule an appointment.
The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center currently has approximately 20,000 appointments available through May 2. With the state’s expanded eligibility, effective today, anyone age 16 and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’re all in this together, and getting a vaccine is something each of us can do to help end this pandemic,” Ripchinski said. “It’s safe, effective, scientifically proven and free. Get your shot of hope today.”
To register and schedule for a vaccine at the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center, visit VaccinateLancaster.org or call 717-588-1020.
About Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center
The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center is operated by the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition, which includes the Lancaster County government, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Penn State Health, UPMC, WellSpan Health and the Lancaster City and County Medical Society. Rock Lititz is managing on-site logistics at the center, while TriStarr Staffing is managing staff recruitment. Brookfield Properties is the site location partner for the center.