Currently in Pennsylvania, only certain high-risk individuals are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, but Dauphin County is preparing for the day when the state is ready for mass vaccination.
The county has partnered with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) to use its west end parking lot for a clinic location, once more doses become available from state and federal resources.
“Getting vaccinated is a concern to many of our residents and is a top priority of ours,” Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries said in a statement. “We have been planning in the event doses become available to supply such an operation. This agreement ensures we will have a central location able to support mass vaccination, should dosages increase.”
The county has communicated with enrolled vaccine providers, medical personnel and other community partners essential to support a mass vaccination operation.
Commissioner Jeff Haste said that HACC provides a central and accessible location for underserved populations, including communities of color and rural communities in northern Dauphin County.
Additionally, the county is working with local organizations, such as the Capital Area Coalition for the Homeless and Bethesda Mission, on a homelessness outreach initiative. They are developing a plan for a mobile clinic to reach this population.
While residents wait for their turn to receive the vaccine, the county encourages them to register with area providers – UPMC and Penn State Health and check with pharmacies for opportunities.
Pennsylvania is still in phase 1A of distribution, which includes the elderly, healthcare workers and those with chronic illnesses, according to the PA Department of Health.
For more information, visit Dauphin County’s website.
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