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PA Hospitals Have Administered More than 2.5 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, and Are Ready to Administer Millions More

HAP encourages everyone to get vaccinated, cancel duplicate appointments

April 12, 2021

Since the COVID-19 vaccines became available in Pennsylvania, the state’s hospital community has administered more than 2.5 million doses. Throughout the initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania, the state’s hospital community has played a critical role, and their efforts to meet the needs of Pennsylvanians are only increasing.

Pennsylvania’s hospitals have served an extraordinary public health role during this time, through:

  • Facilitating millions of requests to schedule vaccine appointments
  • Forging community vaccine site partnerships
  • Spearheading the vaccination of the health care workforce—made up of more than 300,000 hospital employees across the commonwealth and 650,000 within the broader health care community 
  • Standing up innovative clinics to bring vaccines to workplaces
  • Working within the community to deliver vaccines to people who otherwise may not have been able to receive them
  • Amplifying trusted, clinical voices to contribute to community conversations dispelling vaccination myths and sharing credible information

The state’s hospitals have leveraged their expertise, dedicated their resources, and employed their infrastructure in order to serve the wider public health mission.

As of April 13, all Pennsylvanians aged 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. Hospitals will continue to be a central component of the mission to deliver vaccines into as many arms as possible, as well as an invaluable resource in connecting with hard-to-reach populations and addressing vaccine hesitancy.

“Throughout this pandemic, the hospital community has done truly extraordinary work to prepare for COVID-19, treat all patients who need care, and deliver more than 2.5 million doses of these safe and effective vaccines,” said Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

“The doses that hospitals have administered represent so much more than doses of vaccine. They are doses of protection for the frontline health care workers who have sacrificed so much throughout this pandemic. They are doses of caring for our friends, family, and neighbors. They are doses of hope for our future. And for that, we owe our hospitals immense gratitude.”

As the state expands eligibility to all Pennsylvanians, HAP encourages everyone to take the vaccine when they are able to do so, and:

  • Contact their health care provider if they have questions
  • Continue to take steps to protect others who have not yet been vaccinated through mask wearing, hand washing, and following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Cancel duplicate COVID-19 vaccine appointments

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