Local residents can soon get vaccinated against the Coronavirus without an appointment at clinics in Franklin, Adams, Lebanon, York and Lancaster Counties. The no-appointment rule begins Saturday in Franklin County and Friday in Adams County.
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations start this week at area clinics operated by WellSpan Health; including Franklin County’s Community Vaccination Clinic at Chambersburg Mall.
Walk in hours are from 1-3 p.m. only.
Franklin County’s Community Clinic is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Appointment-only hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-9 p.m. each of those days. No-appointment hours are 1-3 p.m. only.
WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, 147 Gettys St., Gettysburg, offers walk-in vaccinations without an appointment from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The Franklin County clinic opened last Thursday at the Greene Township Mall on Black Gap Road. It is the result of a cooperative effort between WellSpan and Franklin County Commissioners.
Anyone in Franklin County needing transportation to and from the clinic can contact rabbittransit at 1-800-632- 9063. Riders must have a confirmed appointment to use the ride-sharing service, however. Residents will need to call rabbittransit no later than noon the business day prior to their appointment. The transit service staff will assist individuals in the reservation process.
When scheduling a shared ride trip to a vaccination site, riders must have a confirmed COVID-19 appointment at the location they are requesting transportation.
To get vaccinated without an appointment, a person only has to show up between 1 and 3 p.m. at one of the participating clinics run by WellSpan.
“Our goal is to make this shot of hope as accessible as possible so we can get back to hugging our loved ones and doing the things we’ve been putting off,” said Stephanie Andreozzi, co-lead of WellSpan’s Vaccination Team. “WellSpan Health is committed to decreasing vaccine hesitancy; and we know that taking this step will help patients who are struggling to make time for an appointment.”
WellSpan has administered close to 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine across South Central Pennsylvania so far. The Chambersburg Mall clinic can provide 1,000 doses daily. In the first week of operations, the site administered just over 1000 doses of the vaccine.
In addition to clinics in Chambersburg and Gettysburg, no-appointment walk in clinics will be available at theseclinics in other areas:
- York County Community Vaccination Site, 351 Loucks Road, York, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday;
- WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, 169 Martin Ave., Ephrata, Monday, Wednesday and Friday;
- WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, 252 S. 4th St., Lebanon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Individuals who prefer to make an appointment, can do so online here, or by phone at the COVID-19 hotline by dailing 1-855-851-3641.
Appointments are currently available across all WellSpan vaccination sites through May 10 and we will continue to open appointments in the future, based on demand.
WellSpan’s vaccination effort also extends deep into our communities, with mobile vaccination teams focused on bringing it to at-risk neighborhoods, homebound patients, and other groups that may experience vaccine hesitancy.
To learn more, and to read fact-based educational content that may help to answer questions related to the vaccine, please visit www.wellspan.org/covid19/covid-19vaccine/.