READING, PA. – Berks Community Health Center (BCHC) has received its first doses of the Moderna vaccination to administer to staff, area healthcare professionals and their support staff and EMS personnel in Berks County.
As instructed by CDC, Phase 1A of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan includes distribution to 1) health care personnel of hospitals, health systems, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and pharmacies and 2) residents of long-term care facilities. As an FQHC, BCHC is listed as a source for the vaccine on an official website where healthcare workers in the area can receive it.
The vaccines are being offered to staff starting Wednesday, January 6, 2021. BCHC has received 400 doses for their first round. Additional shipments will be received as they become available.
BCHC’s CEO, Mary Kargbo, stated “We are pleased to be able to provide this potentially lifesaving vaccine to those who are on the front lines and have a high risk of exposure. BCHC believes the Moderna vaccine is safe and effective and, when combined with CDC recommendation to maintain social distance and wearing a mask, will be an important step to helping stop the pandemic.