May 15, 2021
Milestone coincides with Armed Forces Day event at the center
LANCASTER, Pa. – The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center marked a major milestone on Saturday with its 200,000th COVID-19 vaccine administered at the site since it opened on March 10.
Sheri Yohe, 47, of Lancaster, was the recipient of the center’s 200,000th shot. She was greeted with a surprise gift card and applause from the Vaccinate Lancaster staff.
The vaccination center, located at the former Bon-Ton department store in Park City Center in Lancaster, has seen a recent uptick in vaccinations, with approximately 1,500 first-doses and 2,000 second-doses expected to be administered on Saturday – a day when the center was celebrating Armed Forces Day and the first weekend children ages 12 through 15 are eligible to be vaccinated.
“It’s so gratifying to our partners and our entire Vaccinate Lancaster team to see such incredible support from our community,” 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.
“How fitting that we are celebrating our 200,000th vaccination on the same day that we’re honoring our men and women in the Armed Forces,” Ripchinski added. “After all, our military service members and our veterans have given so much to this country. Today, we celebrate them while also celebrating our community members who’ve gotten their ‘shot of hope’ – for themselves, their families and their community.”
As part of Armed Forces Day, the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which had its VA Mobile Vet Center onsite in the parking lot. And a small awards ceremony was held to honor the 50 members of the Pa. National Guard who have been volunteering at the center in both clinical and nonclinical roles.
“It’s an honor to partner with our community, and I think it’s a model for how it should be done,” said Brig. Gen. Edwards Little Jr., assistant adjutant general, Pa. National Guard, who presented awards to three Guard members, as well as certificates of recognition to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Rock Lititz as key partners in the Vaccinate Lancaster initiative. “This is a great example of how we should all work together.”
For more information on the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center, or to schedule a vaccination appointment, 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.