LANCASTER, Pa. – Want a COVID-19 vaccine? Schedule it now at the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center, if you are in Phase 1A or a targeted frontline worker or first responder under the state’s vaccine rollout plan.
If you are not yet eligible to receive your vaccine, register with the center now so you can get one when it’s your turn.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced an accelerated timetable for moving to Phases 1B, 1C and 2 of the state’s vaccine rollout plan. “The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center is prepared to meet the new timetable,” 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.
“We have more than 50,000 available appointments at the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center through the end of April, so we are ready and able to offer appointments to those who will now be eligible under the state’s new rollout schedule,” Ripchinski said.
“We already have over 30,000 people registered whose eligibility is beyond Phase 1A, and we can begin adding those individuals to our schedule almost immediately, as they become eligible,” he added. “They can do so by registering on VaccinateLancaster.org or calling 717-588-1020.”
The vaccination center, located at Park City Center in Lancaster, received 21,000 vaccine doses from the state – up from 14,000 last week – allowing it to boost its daily schedule to an estimated 3,500 appointments per day over six days.
The center will be closed on Sunday, April 4 for the Easter holiday.
Beginning April 7, the center expects to schedule more than 6,000 appointments per day, including first-and second-dose appointments. Additional capacity may be added in the coming weeks, as supply and demand continue to increase.
“We are grateful to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for their continued partnership and support,” said Ripchinski said. “With more vaccine available from the state, we are now able to optimize our vaccination center to better meet the significant demand from across our region.”
The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, a partner in the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition, said the ability to meet the center’s estimated capacity within a month of opening is a positive sign for the community.
“We are pleased with the continued progress in providing vaccination opportunities to the Lancaster County community and appreciate the work of the entire Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition,” the commissioners noted in a joint statement.
Ripchinski said the coalition has received a strong public response to its recent request for registrants to either schedule their appointments, if they received an invitation to do so, or cancel their registration if they received their vaccination from another provider or location.
Over the next few days, the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition will begin more frequent emails and calls to remind those who are eligible to schedule their appointment.
With rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations occurring across the region, Ripchinski urged anyone age 16 or older to register for their vaccination, even if they are not yet eligible to receive a vaccination under the state’s vaccine rollout plan.
“Vaccination is a key part to ending this pandemic,” Ripchinski said. “We are ready to support the rapid expansion of vaccine availability in April. Get registered now. And when it’s your turn, get your shot of hope.”
The 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.
For more information on the coalition or to register for a vaccine at the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center, visit VaccinateLancaster.org or call 717-588-1020.