COVID-19 vaccine: WellSpan has vaccinated thousands
WellSpan Health has vaccinated thousands of South Central residents as the first anniversary of pandemic restrictions approaches. Many of those have already received both doses of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines. The health-care organization administered its 100,000th vaccination Friday.
The milestone is marked with the expansion of WellSpan’s vaccination plans to ensure every community has equitable access to the “shot of hope.” In addition to the health system’s 22 existing vaccination sites, located at its hospitals and medical practices, two new approaches are underway to reach even more members of the community.
The first is through a mobile vaccination team whose efforts focus on bringing vaccine to areas where there is a concentration of at-risk persons.
“We’ve been hosting conversations with community leaders and volunteers since last fall to identify reasons behindvaccine hesitancy, barriers to vaccine distribution and,together, develop solutions,” said Ann Kunkel, RN, BSN, Vice President of Community Health and Engagement. “The mobile teams provide vaccines on site at community locations, like Crispus Attucks, to reach individuals with an increased risk of COVID-19 or barriers to obtaining a vaccine.”
The second expansion effort is throughpartnershipswithfive counties toopen larger COVID-19 vaccination sites. Those will provide hundreds of thousands of vaccinationsfor community members in the coming months.
Opening dates will depend on vaccine allocation from the PA Department of Health.
- Adams County – Dept. of Emergency Services, 230GreenamyerLane, Gettysburg, PA 17325
- York County –The Crossroads Shopping Center (former AC Moore store location), 351 Loucks Road, York, PA 17404
- Lebanon County–1745 Quentin Road #7699(former K-Mart location), Lebanon, PA 17042
Other locations will be shared as agreements are finalized.
“We know opening larger vaccination sites is just one strategy in expanding access to vaccine,” WellSpan’s President/CEO Roxanna Gapstur said.
She stressed WellSpan’s commitment to provide equitable access to vaccinations as the vaccine becomes available.
The health system’s existing vaccination sites, located at its hospitals and medical practices, will continue to operate.
That’s in addition to the new sites announced today; and a vaccination site opening in Lancaster County at the Park City Mall complex. That clinic is a partnership between Lancaster County and WellSpan, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Penn State Health and UPMC.
Community members can visit this WellSpan website to learn more about WellSpan’s vaccination process.
Create a MyWellSpan accounthere and complete an online questionnaire to be notified as appointments become available (based on eligibility and vaccine supply).
WellSpan also is seeking clinical and non-clinical people to staff the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Sites. Both volunteer and paid positions are available. Learn more atWellSpan.org/covid19/i-want-to-help.