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Gettysburg Hospital to Receive First COVID-19 Vaccines This Week

WellSpan Health announced today that seven of its hospitals would be among the first in the state to receive Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines and would serve as distribution centers for immunizations.

A Wellspan spokesperson said Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon would receive vaccines first, probably tomorrow, and that other hospitals, including Gettysburg, would receive their first shipments later this week.

Wellspan said its teams had been preparing since August to create a safe, standard process for administering the vaccine to employees and that vaccinations will first be offered to health care workers, EMS first responders, and residents and staff in congregate care settings.

Although the first ones are arriving this week, the total number of doses being shipped is very small – only 97,500 in the entire state. “This limited supply signals the start of the process to end COVID-19’s devastating impacts on every community in the commonwealth,” said Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “However, it is important to remember that we are still months away from being able to vaccinate all Pennsylvanians, making mitigation efforts more important than ever to save lives.”

Governor Wolf has again stressed the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19, reminding residents to:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa”.
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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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