Mass coronavirus vaccination site gets the green light in Lancaster County

The pilot program is expected to facilitate up to 6,500 inoculations a day — once the shots are more readily available.

  • Julia Agos

(Lancaster) — A midstate county has approved plans for a new mass COVID-19 vaccination site.

The pilot program is expected to facilitate up to 6,500 inoculations a day — once the shots are more readily available.

The Lancaster County commissioners have signed off on a deal to turn the former Bon-Ton department store in the Park City Mall into a community vaccination site.

“It’s a very large area. It’s indoors. And we’ll be able to transform that into what’s called a FEMA class 1 vaccination clinic, which means it can give up to 6,500 vaccinations a day,” said Commissioner Josh Parsons.

The county is working in partnership with the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition, and several health care providers, such as WellSpan and Penn State Health.

Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

After receiving the vaccination, patients wait under observation at the community vaccine clinic at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Beginning in mid-March, the group hopes to vaccinate about 1,000 people a day at the temporary facility.

Parsons says they’ll expand as more doses become available.

“We are going to build it and hope the vaccines come. Specifically, that they are allocated to us from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which controls all the vaccine allocation,” he said.

The Wolf Administration maintains limited supply is the main reason for the slow rollout in the commonwealth.

Those eligible will be able to make an appointment at vaccinatelancaster.org.

The site is slated to be operational through the end of June.

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