Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Department of Health (DOH) today announced that the Regional Vaccination Clinic (RVC) at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s University Park campus in Centre County will resume operations as scheduled on Thursday, April 15 using the two-dose Moderna vaccine.
“The pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines required us to quickly pivot our planning in order to continue moving forward with appointments that are currently scheduled,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “We’ll continue to work with our partners at DOH, the PA National Guard and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, LLC in order to meet the demand for vaccinations at this site.”
Yesterday, DOH notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers to pause administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until at least April 20 following the recommendation out of an abundance of caution in a joint release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
“Anyone who has an appointment for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should move forward with those appointments as scheduled,” said DOH Acting Secretary Alison Beam. “We remain in contact with the CDC and FDA and will provide additional and updated guidance to vaccine providers as we get it from our federal partners.”
Beginning April 15, the RVC will operate five days a week from Thursdays through Mondays. The RVC will operate noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Anyone eligible for a vaccine can make an appointment online or by calling 1-844-545-3450 to make an appointment. The clinic is open to anyone who is eligible regardless of county of residence – you can check your eligibility online.
The Pennsylvania National Guard (PANG) 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.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Information about a media tour will be forthcoming. Please do not attempt to gain access to view onsite operations inside the Bryce Jordan Center at this time.
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