May 25, 2021
First clinic to be held this Thursday; limited appointments available
LANCASTER, Pa. – The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center will begin offering limited appointments for the single-dose “Janssen” COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, this Thursday during the first of three planned clinics.
The vaccination center, located at the former Bon-Ton department store in Park City Center in Lancaster, will continue to offer the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. However, the single-dose Janssen vaccine will be offered in limited quantities during three special clinics at the center.
The Janssen vaccine clinics will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27; from to 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 4; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Approximately 800 Janssen vaccine doses will be administered across those three days, with 240 appointments available this Thursday.
“We recognize that vaccination is not a one-size-fits-all solution,” 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. “While we continue to primarily offer the two-dose Pfizer vaccine at the center, we think it’s important to provide the one-dose Janssen vaccine as an option for those who prefer it.
“Both the Pfizer and Janssen vaccines, as well as Moderna, are very effective at preventing severe or critical illness from COVID-19,” he added. “Regardless of brand, what’s most important is that you get vaccinated. We need everyone’s help to finally end this pandemic.”
Community members, age 18 and older and interested in the Janssen vaccine, can register and schedule an appointment online at VaccinateLancaster.org, selecting the “Janssen Vaccinate Lancaster” option. Scheduling is also available by phone at 717-588-1020. When calling, individuals must state that they want to schedule an appointment for the Janssen vaccine.
Limited walk-ins will be available for all three clinics on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center has administered more than 211,000 COVID-19 vaccines since opening on March 10.
The center is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and is scheduled to remain in operation through June 30. However, it will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
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.