The COVID-19 Vaccine is by far our most valuable weapon in our arsenal to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. I cannot encourage you enough to help protect your family, friends, and our community by getting vaccinated. The approved vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing you from catching the virus and spreading it to your loved ones. When I am eligible, I plan to get vaccinated and I hope you do the same.
While demand currently outpaces supply, the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania as a whole continues to receive increasingly larger shipments of vaccine every week. If you are having difficulties in scheduling an appointment, don’t be discouraged. As supply continues to grow, and new vaccines gain approval, everyone who wants a vaccine will receive one.
I encourage you to use the below resources to learn more about the approved vaccines, their safety and efficacy and how to schedule your appointment.
Scheduling A Vaccine Appointment
In Pennsylvania, you must contact the provider directly to schedule an appointment and receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. An updated and growing list of local providers can be found here. There are a multitude of locations where you can get vaccinated in the Lehigh Valley. Below are a few resources you might find helpful in scheduling an appointment:
The Lehigh Valley’s two major health networks and the Allentown Health Bureau’s Vaccine scheduling information:
- Lehigh Valley Health Network or call: 484-884-1767
- St Luke’s Hospital and Health Network or call: 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7.
- Allentown Health Bureau or if age 65+ call: 610-890-7069
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the partnering with several national pharmacies and retailers to serve as vaccination sites. Here are some of the places you can schedule an appointment in the Lehigh Valley or learn more about their vaccination plans once they receive vaccine supplies:
Vaccinations Available for Lehigh County Homebound Residents
The Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services will be providing vaccination opportunities for Lehigh County homebound residents unable to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. Homebound residents are defined as individuals who are unable to travel or have no means of transportation to attend a vaccine appointment. This program will be free to the public without any cost to the resident.
If you are in need of a vaccine and are homebound, or know someone who is, please contact the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services at 610-782-3034. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM.
Allentown Homebound Vaccination Program
City of Allentown Paramedics and the Allentown Health Bureau are partnering to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound residents in Allentown.
To qualify for an in-home vaccination:
- You must be a City of Allentown Resident and
- Have a health condition that makes leaving your home very difficult
If you (or a family member/client) meet these conditions, please call our Homebound Vaccine Hotline at 610-260-0360, and leave a clear message with your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, and ADDRESS (please provide your contact information if scheduling on behalf of someone). All qualifying residents will be scheduled based on the supply of vaccine.
Prompts on the Homebound Vaccine Hotline are in English and Spanish.
Vacuna del COVID-19
Replay of Sen. Browne’s COVID-19 Vaccine Telephone Town Hall
Senator Browne hosted a special COVID-19 Vaccine Telephone Town Hall for the constituents of the 16th District. More than 5,500 constituents registered or participated in the call with panelists to discuss a wide range of vaccine-related topics. The conversations were engaging and chocked full of the latest vaccine-related information, including how it was developed, safety and efficacy, the state’s rollout, and where you and your family can get your shot.
The panel included:
- Dr. Brian Nester, CEO Lehigh Valley Health Network
- Dr. Timothy Friel, Chairman of the Department of Medicine/Infectious Disease at Lehigh Valley Health Network
- Joan Bradberry, Executive Director of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee
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