LANCASTER, Pa. – The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center will permanently close at the end of business tomorrow, June 30.
The center, located at the former Bon-Ton department store in Park City Center in Lancaster, will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for anyone seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, and will then cease operations.
The Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition opened the vaccination center on March 10 and has since administered approximately 240,000 COVID-19 vaccines, making it one of the highest-volume vaccination sites in the state.
“We are incredibly grateful to our community for working together to stand-up a Community Vaccination Center during an historic public health crisis to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners.
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, noted that the closure of the vaccination center is the start of a new phase in the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In just three months, almost 60% of Lancaster Countians have received at least one shot, helping to protect themselves, their families and their community against COVID-19,” Ripchinski said. “But we still have work to do. We must continue to educate the community about the benefits of the vaccine, improve and expand access to vaccines, and continue to follow the guidance of our public health agencies.”
Ripchinski noted that COVID-19 vaccines are more widely available today than ever before – from hospitals and doctor’s offices to pharmacies and community pop-up clinics. And he credited the entire community for the success of the vaccination center.
“This is yet another example of how our community collaborates in time of need,” he said. “From our health care partners to community organizations and leaders, to the business community and, of course, our more than 1,200 dedicated staff and volunteers – all of them helped us to become a model for community-based mass vaccination.”
Individuals who received their first dose of the two-dose Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at the vaccination center are being referred to their choice of care locations for their second-dose appointment. For details regarding those options and additional information on vaccine availability, visit VaccinateLancaster.org.
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.