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AHN schedules patients for COVID-19 vaccines at PNC Park, UPMC looking at ZIP codes for vaccinating those who are high risk for COVID-19 – WTAE Pittsburgh

PNC Park will hold a vaccination clinic on Saturday for patients who are at least 75 years old, high-risk and who received an alert through MyChart, then scheduled an appointment. “It was quite like the feeling of winning the lottery,” said Ryan Bowers. Bowers’ in-laws received the alert and scheduled appointments for the mass vaccination at the ballpark. They are in their 90s, suffering from dementia and, she said, they don’t understand the virus.”The whole restrictions that have been in place socially for the past almost 12 months has been hard for them,” said Bowers.The vaccination clinic is open only to those with an appointment through Allegheny Health Network. UPMC officials say they continue to vaccinate health care workers. “We vaccinated not only the 90,000 people who work across UPMC, but we vaccinated 15,000 other health care providers,” said Dr. Donald Yealy. Yealy said UPMC hasn’t received new vaccine to start immunizations in the past two weeks. He said because of the limited vaccine, people should expect delays and realize that being vaccinated right now, doesn’t change most things.”The ability to mask and keep distance is still the number one job,” said Dr. Yealy “Vaccine will not change that need for many months and once you realize that, the clamor to have the vaccine today or tomorrow, can be a little easier to deal with.”Yealy said although UPMC is continuing to vaccinate health care workers, they are looking forward. “The last thing we want is for someone to come in and not have vaccine for them, not just our patients but everyone who needs a vaccine, so that means looking at ZIP codes or areas where people live who are high risk and eventually everyone to make sure that they’re being reached out and touched and that they’re being offered no matter what community they live in,” said Yealy.Lindsey Mauldin, senior advisor for the PA Department of Health, also asked for patience. Mauldin said the state is looking at ways to make the system for vaccination sign up easier. When asked if there is a possibility for a statewide system, Mauldin did not address that, in her reply.

PNC Park will hold a vaccination clinic on Saturday for patients who are at least 75 years old, high-risk and who received an alert through MyChart, then scheduled an appointment.

“It was quite like the feeling of winning the lottery,” said Ryan Bowers.

Bowers’ in-laws received the alert and scheduled appointments for the mass vaccination at the ballpark. They are in their 90s, suffering from dementia and, she said, they don’t understand the virus.

“The whole restrictions that have been in place socially for the past almost 12 months has been hard for them,” said Bowers.

The vaccination clinic is open only to those with an appointment through Allegheny Health Network.

UPMC officials say they continue to vaccinate health care workers.

“We vaccinated not only the 90,000 people who work across UPMC, but we vaccinated 15,000 other health care providers,” said Dr. Donald Yealy.

Yealy said UPMC hasn’t received new vaccine to start immunizations in the past two weeks. He said because of the limited vaccine, people should expect delays and realize that being vaccinated right now, doesn’t change most things.

“The ability to mask and keep distance is still the number one job,” said Dr. Yealy “Vaccine will not change that need for many months and once you realize that, the clamor to have the vaccine today or tomorrow, can be a little easier to deal with.”

Yealy said although UPMC is continuing to vaccinate health care workers, they are looking forward.

“The last thing we want is for someone to come in and not have vaccine for them, not just our patients but everyone who needs a vaccine, so that means looking at ZIP codes or areas where people live who are high risk and eventually everyone to make sure that they’re being reached out and touched and that they’re being offered no matter what community they live in,” said Yealy.

Lindsey Mauldin, senior advisor for the PA Department of Health, also asked for patience. Mauldin said the state is looking at ways to make the system for vaccination sign up easier. When asked if there is a possibility for a statewide system, Mauldin did not address that, in her reply.

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