UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For eligible Pennsylvanians interested in signing up for a COVID-19 vaccine, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Pennsylvania Department of Health announced today (April 7) that a Regional Vaccination Clinic (RVC) will open Friday (April 9) inside the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) on Penn State’s University Park campus.
The Pennsylvania National Guard and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, LLC, a health organization contracted by PEMA for planning and staffing assistance at commonwealth-established vaccine sites, will direct operations and administer doses at the site. The clinic will operate eight hours a day for five days a week, initially administering 600 doses of vaccine each day.
The site will open to administer vaccines at noon on Friday, with appointments available on April 9, 10, 11, and 12. Beginning April 15, the hours of operation will be noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The clinic will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The vaccination site is open to anyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of county of residence, including eligible students from out of state.
Appointments are required and can be made online or by calling 1-844-545-3450.
Penn State will provide facility space, additional support staff and security and complimentary on-site parking at the BJC for those getting immunized.
“We are so pleased to be able to partner with the state on this important public health effort to support community health and vaccinate Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth,” said Zack Moore, vice president for Government and Community Relations at Penn State. “We will offer the resources of our University in any way that is helpful as we continue to strive to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently announced the dates for phases 1B, 1C and 2 of the commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution program and Penn State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to sign up to get a vaccine as soon as they are eligible to receive one.
Phase 1B, which includes a large proportion of Penn State employees and student workers, opened on April 5; Phase 1C will open on April 12; and Phase 2, which extends vaccine eligibility to all Pennsylvanians age 16 or older, will begin on April 19.
Included in Phase 1B are faculty and staff members who are in contact with students as a condition of their employment and both undergraduate and graduate students who are in contact with other students while providing instructional, health-related or other services (including residence life) on behalf of the University.
Phase 1C extends eligibility to essential workers in several sectors, including energy, information technology, and transportation.
Individuals can use the Department of Health’s Your Turn tool to determine when they are eligible to receive a vaccine. The Department of Health website also features a map of vaccine providers, which includes hospitals, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices and pharmacies. Several pharmacies, Mount Nittany Medical Center and Centre Volunteers in Medicine are administering vaccines in the Centre Region.
For more information on current vaccine eligibility and distribution, visit Pennsylvania’s vaccine website. The latest vaccination information for University community members is available on Penn State’s virus information website.