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Penn State Health begins vaccinating community health care providers

Jan 12, 2021
Jessica Coyne, who works for Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center, receives a band-aid after she got her COVID-19 vaccination from Jennifer Stokes, a registered nurse from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

Image: Jessica Coyne, who works at Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center, received a COVID-19 vaccination from Jennifer Stokes, a registered nurse at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

HERSHEY, PA – Penn State Health today began offering COVID-19 vaccinations to community health care providers and emergency medical services providers not affiliated with its medical centers.

As of Jan. 6, Penn State Health has been allocating a portion of the vaccine doses it receives from the Pennsylvania Department of Health for these community health care personnel. Starting today, the health system is holding vaccination clinics for these individuals at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Holy Spirit Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center. Clinics are open by appointment only.

“We’re happy to be able to offer COVID vaccines to this very important group of community partners,” said Dr. William Bird, a senior vice president of Penn State Health Medical Group. “Today marks a key milestone in making sure the vaccine reaches as many people as possible in the communities we serve.”

The number of people able to be served each week at each vaccination site is expected to fluctuate depending on the vaccines supplied by the Department of Health.

Penn State Health leadership has been reaching out to community providers based on the guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Likewise, community providers who are part of the state’s Phase 1A group for vaccinations can call the Penn State Health COVID-19 vaccine call center at 1-844-774-8883 to start the registration process.

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