COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Montage Mountain to reach more than 3,000 people | coronavirus | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors
A COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic on Montage Mountain today is set to deliver more than 3,000 doses into the arms of the elderly and others eligible under the first phase of Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout.
Lackawanna County officials and representatives from vaccine provider Hometown Health Care of NEPA gave a tour Tuesday at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain, a concert venue remade as a community vaccination center. Today’s clinic is a walk-up clinic for those in Phase 1A who had an appointment and will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. County Chief of Staff Brian Jeffers said those who have an appointment should stick to their scheduled time; 3,500 appointments were available. Accommodations will be made for those with mobility issues.
Dr. Allyson Favuzza, coowner of the Covington Twp. medical office administering the doses, said appointments filled up at a rate of about one per minute.
During public remarks, Lackawanna County Commissioner Debi Domenick said almost three-quarters of the county’s 65 and older population received a vaccine. She credited the efforts from the county Area Agency on Aging and the pharmacies and health organizations who collaborated with the county to get people vaccinated as efficiently as possible.
At today’s clinic, people will enter the pavilion in waves of 30 every five or so minutes, Favuzza said. Cones and tents marked the path Tuesday that people will follow, directing them to where they need to fill out a consent form that collects data — like race and county of residence — that must be reported to the Department of Health.
A team of 12 nurses will work in a large tent at the base of the pavilion’s stage to inject people, who then will be directed to an area in which to they must wait for 15 minutes to see if they experience any side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Favuzza said she wanted to do a walk-up clinic instead of a drive-thru one, like initially planned, because it’s harder to monitor people for side effects when they’re in a car.
County officials continue to encourage residents who are eligible for and want a vaccine to call 211. Area Agency on Aging Director Jason Kavulich said workers cleared out the 211 and vaccine provider waiting lists by making more than 10,000 phone calls over the last two weeks. They are now able to connect people who call 211 with a vaccine clinic without needing to put people on a waiting list, he said.