Mass COVID-19 vaccination site set to open Tuesday in Dauphin County

An estimated 1,700 Moderna shots are expected to be administered over the next two days.

  • Julia Agos

(Harrisburg) — Another mass COVID-19 vaccination site is coming to the midstate.

A drive-through clinic in Dauphin County is slated to start administering shots Tuesday. Harrisburg Area Community College’s West Lot  will host the county’s first mass vaccination site. It is slated to be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is by appointment only.

It’s part of a partnership with UPCM Health who will provide doses, personal and expertise.

“UPMC is committed to keeping its communities healthy and recognizes the essential role of COVID-19 vaccinations in that effort,” UPMC Pinnacle President Philip Guarneschelli said. “By partnering with county officials and Harrisburg Area Community College, we are able to offer the first UPMC drive through COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Dauphin County, expanding access to this life-saving vaccine.”

A sign is posted outside a COVID-19 vaccination site in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

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A sign is posted outside a COVID-19 vaccination site in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries says HACC is an ideal site because it’s centrally located and easily accessible. He says 1,700 Moderna shots are expected to go into arms over the next two days.

“Thes are very exciting times and just looking forward to helping the residents and community members who are in need and really want these shots,” he said.

Pries says planning for the clinic had been underway since September.

“We’ve heard the demands and the desire from our residents to be vaccinated. But, we wanted to make sure we didn’t put the cart before the horse,” he said. “Before we opened the clinic, we had to make sure that doses would be there.”

Pries says the number of doses allotted is expected increase in the coming weeks. Patients will return to same location for their second dose 28 days later.

People under the state’s identified Phase 1A criteria will be vaccinated.  Only those registered and contacted by UPMC for appointments will be vaccinated.  Registration for future appointments can be made at vaccine.upmc.com.  A phone line is also available for those with limited Internet access or other barriers to online registration.

Other mass vaccination clinicshave been set up in Lancaster, Lebanon, Franklin and Cumberland Counties.

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