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Wolf Administration, Health Centers, Managed Care Partner to Promote COVID-19 Vaccinations for a Safer Summer

05/18/2022

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania departments of Health (DOH) and Human Services (DHS) today highlighted a partnership between the agencies, health centers in Harrisburg and Reading, and Medical Assistance managed care organizations to host vaccination clinics in the cities to encourage COVID-19 vaccination to make for a safer summer. Vaccines are available by appointment and walkup. 

“As we head into the summer months, we all want to have a fun, safe summer without the risk of contracting a dangerous case of COVID-19,” said DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead. “If you have not yet been vaccinated or boosted against the virus, now is always a good time to take this step to protect yourself and help others around you slow transmission and protect against severe disease. Please take this step to protect yourself.” 

“We continue to strongly urge Pennsylvanians to get up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine, as the vaccine provides strong protections against severe illness, hospitalization and death,” Acting Health Secretary Dr. Denise Johnson said. “Getting a booster shot is a key part of staying up to date, and now with FDA approval and impending CDC approval, children ages 5 through 11 are eligible for a booster shot.” 

Hosted in partnership with Hamilton Health Center, Berks Community Health Center, Aetna, AmeriHealth Caritas, Highmark Wholecare, PA Health and Wellness, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, and UPMC for You. All approved COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the clinics. Clinics will take place through the week in both Harrisburg and Reading at the following locations:

Harrisburg dates: 

    • Wednesday, May 18: Highmark Wholecare Connection Center, 1426 N. 3rd Street – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
    • Thursday, May 19: Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17th Street – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
    • Friday, May 20: Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17th Street – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

Reading dates 

    • Wednesday, May 18: 1040 Liggett Avenue – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    • Thursday, May 19: 1110 Rockland Street – 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
    • Friday, May 20: 838 Penn Street – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at protecting people from serious illness, hospitalization, and death. If you or a loved one need to get vaccinated and are unable to attend a clinic, you can find a vaccine provider near you at www.vaccines.gov.  

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.health.pa.gov.   

MEDIA CONTACTS: Brandon Cwalina, DHS - ra-pwdhspressoffice@pa.gov 

Mark O’Neill, DOH - ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov  

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